The Annotated Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Graham
Summary: Meek little Mole,
willful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. In the
almost one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they've
become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. And
their misadventures-in gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their
Wild Wood-continue to capture readers' imaginations and warm their
hearts long after they grow up. Begun as a series of letters from
Kenneth Grahame to his son, The Wind in the Willows is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie. An instant bestseller upon its initial publication in 1908, The Wind in the Willows
has become one of the beloved stories of all time. How could Ratty and
Mole have known when they took to the river over one hundred years ago
that they would begin a phenomenon that would produce one of the most
oft-quoted lines in British literature, and inspire everyone from the
creator of Winnie-the-Pooh to Pink Floyd? Drawing from more than a
decade of research, Annie Gauger, one of the world’s leading experts on
Kenneth Grahame and The Wind in the Willows, now
presents a fascinating new annotated edition that reintroduces readers
to Otter, curmudgeonly Badger, and rollicking, boastful Toad, while
revealing the secrets behind this treasured classic.
Review: I gave this a 5 out of 5.
I loved this story. It was fun and adventurous, had a lot of character building, and was extremely well written. My father in law gave me this book for Christmas and said it was his favorite book growing up. I can see why and I will definitely reread this book many times in the future.
The only downside is the annotations. It was a bit difficult as a first time reader to decide whether to ignore the annotations or pause my reading to glance at each one. I opted for reading a chunk of chapters and then going back to each of the notes. Most of the notes were fairly interesting, especially some of the artwork and letters, but some of them were distracting. Some notes were more interpretations based upon knowing the conclusion, which I didn't. After finishing the book, the interpretations began to interest me and I appreciate them now.
I suppose this version would better suit those who have read this book before. I look forward to reading it again and catching any details I may have missed the first time around.
This book also completes category 11 of the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012:
This book also completes 1 of the 6 books I chose for the That's What You Think Challenge.
- Literary Fiction
- Crime/Mystery Fiction
- Romantic Fiction
- Historical Fiction
- Young Adult
- Science Fiction
- Non Fiction
- Thriller /Suspense
- Your favorite genre
- A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
Crime and Punishment- Fyodor Dostoyevsky* edited since I picked it up today.
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame