I read this when I was about 10, and remember enjoying the book, though I was sometimes disturbed.I ve actually being trying to remember this book s name for months, and might reread it now I ve found it. Very slow, but intriguing book To say that the end of the book has a twist would be an understatement Do not be fooled by the boring beginning narrative of children playing makebelieve in a treehouse, as it is quite the psychological thriller Not a book to read if you like fast paced stories that suck you in within the first few pages, but is a rewarding read if you see it through to the end and at a certain point, there is no turning back I read this book three years ago and it is one of the most striking and memorable stories I have ever read I remember finishing the boook at a cafe and just sitting there in stunned silence, feeling like I needed time to get over the book before I could pick up another. I read this novel when I was quite a bit younger and again recently I think that it would be quite easy to skim through this book and miss a lot of what Cockaynereallyintends whenever something strange occurs I doubt a superficial reader would enjoy this book.I can t really express what i found to be the intentions without giving away major aspects of the plot though I m afraid.I found this book to be chilling and interesting to read right up to the very end where I was sadly quite disappointed I d say my 4 star review is quite generous.Worth the read. Freaky Had fun reliving the imaginative play my sister and I partook of when we were kids, but in the book the line between fantasy and reality became really blurred Kept me reading but wasn t a book I was dying to get back to It reminded me quite a bit of the movie Beautiful Mind. Confused and confusing I was never really clear on what was happening, and why it was relevant.The main character is very unsympathetic, and the story is way too depressing especially at the end hence the two stars. Read this when I was younger, like 12 maybe, and I still clearly remember it being very good D Interesting children s book I read this when I was way younger and do not think i will ever forget this story. I can t help thinking that this could ve been made into perhaps a 150 page book rather than a 300 page book perhaps even less That gives you an idea of the pacing, and the amount of stuff that is, overall, unneccessary.Basic story Kenneth and Robert live with their grandmother in England during World War One There s a magic land beyond their house called Arboria, where they have adventures and fight against the Barbarians and their leader Davy Hearn Then two evacuees, Nadia and Janny, come to stay They live there for a while Then Robert leaves Kenneth stays for the rest of his life there, practically.That s really about it.This was atmospheric, in part due to the gorgeous stylistic writing, and the book itself was half way between have to keep reading and I want to put this down now I felt kind of obligated to finish.The events of the end were, in a way, worth the slow, slow build up That s what I felt, but I started to disconnect from the narrator at that stage If you were reading what I was reading, you would too It would have been better if the creepiness was turned up a little during the novel it s there, but it s not a big enough factor to make the book as a whole very memorable.I should mention that writing from Kenneth s point of view was extremely well done, if not the actual best technique to use in a situation like this I feel that by the whole novel coming through his viewpoint, I missed out on a lot of things.Part of the novel is that you do begin to wonder a little about how much is real and how much is false by the ending, though it s obviously meant to be real And you feel sorry for Kenneth, I ll give you that However, there s a lot to read before you get to the moment that makes you go is this real And then you forget about this point, the point that the book jacket hails as being the biggest and most important, and keep reading, wondering when this book is actually going to end.Speaking of the end, most of the good stuff happens there, actually And still you re left wondering about why Janny and Nadia whose characterisation didn t seem very distinct from one another actually came to the house in the first place A lot of the foreshadowing about them never really comes to fruition There seems to be no discernable plot it s a little episodic.Should you read it Wait for an abridged version In the end, this book was rather pointless. Deep In The English Countryside, Kenneth And His Older Brother Have Discovered The Land Of Arboria A Kingdom Of Adventure Waiting For Them Through A Gate In The Garden Wall As The World Outside Plunges Deeper Into Global Conflict, The Arborians Wage Their Own War Against The Barbarians
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