Sunday, 14 August 2011

A permanent source of inspiration (Part 5 of 8)

Young readers around the world may feel little admiration for the traditional English society that she depicts, but this aspect is immaterial to the success of her books.

Blyton's skill consists of placing wonderful protagonists in constrained settings. She is a master at portraying boys' and girls' entrepreneurship against colourless backgrounds.

In her stories, Blyton uses culture, not as a summation of uncontested expectations, but as the ultimate literary ploy. Tradition is the giant to be fooled, the ancient clock that ticks aimlessly forward, the spider web that fills an uninhabited cave.

To be continued in the next post.


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