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Book Title: The Twelve And The Genii|
The author of the book: Pauline Clarke
Edition: Faber & Faber
Date of issue: 1968
ISBN 13: 9780571050659
Format files: PDF
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I'm sorry I didn't know about this book as a child, I think it would have been a favorite. It is very much in the tradition of classic British children's fantasy, a la E Nesbit and Edward Eager.
Moving to a new house near Haworth, young Max finds a set of wooden soldiers hidden in the attic. Once the possession of the Bronte children, the soldiers have taken on the identities from the Brontes' youthful stories and come to life.
The plot is charming and gentle, and Clarke portrays the modern children's personalities and relationships very convincingly.
There are some gems here for adults as well. I loved eight-year-old Max's attempt at cultural relativism: If he were an Ashanti king, the first person he would sacrifice would be Anthony Gore. He knew that it was wrong to make human sacrifices, but then, if were an Ashanti king in those old days, he would not know this, so it would be all right. He supposed. When they knew better, they stopped doing it. Max wondered if they missed it very much. My one major complaint is not with the author at all. I have the first American edition, by Coward-McCann (1963). I hope they are (or were, since I think they were absorbed by Penguin) properly ashamed of the inexcusably sloppy job they did printing this. There are several places in the second half where text is suddenly cut off, skipped, or replaced with text that was already printed on an earlier page. Big chunks that I don't see how any proofreader could have missed, like one page ending a paragraph and the next starting mid-sentence. This happened enough that I did actually miss a couple bits out of the story.
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