Friday, May 25, 2012

100 Greatest Books #107 - The Magic Faraway Tree

The next book on my 100 Greatest Books list is The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. You can find this book on the BBC Book List.

The first thing that comes to mind after read this book is "What the hell?". I have read some really good books on the list and some not so good ones but this comes close to one of the worst books. I didn't even know it was the second book in a series until I looked it up afterwards, which explains some of the initial confusion. The story is about a bunch of children who go into the woods and visit magical lands on top of a magical tree. Now this is not the imagination of the kids going on, this really happens since the mother meets many of the creatures that come from the tree. Really? That is how you want to do this? I would have thought it was all in their minds and the mother doesn't see it, that would have been the way to go. But no. That is not the story. Also, the lands in general suck. There is the Land of Do-As-You-Please and other such nonsense. The book itself reads as several short mini-stories wrapped into one book, with them going on a mini adventure that is summed up in a couple of chapters. The good thing is that the stories are not drug out, and they get resolved fairly quickly. This book is such trite garbage that I don't recommend it to anyone.

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