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Dream Days
Da Kenneth Grahame
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These eight delightful chapters or stories, reminiscent of the childhood of each of us, are brimming with adventure and pleasure. Here are the joys of youth which grown-up Olympians can no longer experience and only remember, if at all, with nostalgia. A wonderful read for both young and old alike. Contents: The Twenty-first of October; Dies Irae; Mutabile Semper; The


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Mendez Zarro

I will have to admit that this book was a bit of a disappointment - okay the binding and edition are amazing but what is what you would expect from a Folio edition - however the actual book itself was a bit of a disappointment.

Ok this book is a classic although really it is second volume of a two book series of short stories which sort of centre around the same group of children - however the stories are a little too whimsical and disjointed for my liking although many scholar of children's literature quote these books as being some of the guiding lights in modern children's stories. The problem is this is from the same author that gave us Wind in the Willows one of my all time favourite children's books and one I often go back to reading time and time again. The problem is they just do not compare.

So am I judging this book too harshly - more than likely, did I struggle to read the stories most certainly and should I really gauge this book in isolation more than probably but I cannot.

But on top of that there is the whimsical nature of the stories - where story will meander between real and imaginary at the change of a sentence and I always struggle with such shifts - for example I child may be talking to another child about how he escapes in to an imaginary world only in the next paragraph to actually be there acting out what he has just described.

In short I am sure this is an academics dream but for me it just did not click but I cannot withheld respect for the man as he did give me (I mean us) Wind in the Willows
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Matilde Triola

I read "A Wind in the Willows" last year, in my own late middle age, and was awed. It was like finding out there was this guy named Shakespeare who wrote plays—the work transcended a "star" rating.

This book doesn't. It's beautifully written, and wise, but a historical curio. It's odd that a book about talking animals would seem to be timeless, and a book about talking children so dated, but there you have it. Glad to have read it.
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Udall Montalban

The more I read Kenneth Grahame, the more I love his writing style. Like The Golden Age before it, this recounts scenes from childhood with great feeling and detail. Plus the wonderful pen and ink illustrations of Ernest Shepherd perfectly compliment the text. This collection includes an early version of The Reluctant Dragon, one of my all-time favorite stories. I look forward to finally reading The Wind in the Willows next!
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Crellen Palaspas

These eight stories are just superb. Each one takes the reader right back to their childhood (assuming they aren't still there of course) in all its imaginative glory where anything is possible and even the walk home can hold untold opportunities from palaces with chocolate and soda rooms to dragons reluctant to fight. An absolute delight.
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Nahama Birrell

4 1/2 stelle.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys the Penrod books by Booth Tarkington. It has the same exuberant, joyful respect for the innocence and seriousness of bygone childhood imagination. And if the last story doesn't choke you up just a little, you have neither heart nor soul and should just go back to your "Twilight" collection.
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Jedidiah Naito

Possibly only suitable for those who adore Edwardian childrens fiction, or who, like me, would read a press release for shoe polish if it were penned by Grahame.

The best of the lot: 'The Twenty-First of October.'
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Pepito Acuna

Bloody hell, this book is shiny! Some pieces are stronger than the other...I love "The Magic Ring", "A Saga of the Sea", "The Reluctant Dragon" and "A Departure".

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Jessie Hobel

An excellent book to read to children, but also good to read as an adult. While this is a sequel to The Golden Age, you don't need to have read the first collection of stories to enjoy this one, which is what they both are - a collection of short stories from the point of view of an unnamed boy with his siblings.

If you can find it, acquire the Folio Society edition for the wonderful Little Nemo-esque illustrations throughout.
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Hurlow Dellano

Some lovely, lovely stories about the imagination that blooms in childhood, including The Reluctant Dragon. But there are other gems as well. How must he have loved his only son, for whom he went on to write The Wind in the Willows. Such tragedy, too, that he was traumatized by being shot in the bank he worked in, and that he lost his son, the inspiration of his imagination, to suicide at the age of 22.
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Lucho Lenhoff

Not so much a book for kids as a book about how an adult remembered feeling as a kid. Glad o just read this to myself and didn’t bother trying to read it to my kids, they wouldn’t have understood it, and found it really boring.
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Dixie Freudenburg

Excellent book! Delightful childhood reminiscences beautifully written in Grahame's charming prose. Poetic, tender, insightful, very lovely, a portal into the life of a children.
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Ready Gravelin

Indulge the child in yourself, or the grandchild in your care, or both with this brief volume of treasure
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Pitarys Sipe

For anyone who was accustomed to whiling away the hours in distant fantasy lands as a child, this book is for you.
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Pickar Horovitz

Second part to "The golden age," it contains eight stories based on the author's own childhood, including the famous "The reluctant dragon," which has also been published separately.
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Brinn Lennart

Somewhat different in tone from its predecessor, "The Golden Age", and yet still wonderful and dreamy and a pure joy. I quite enjoyed the character of the circus-man (funny man), and hope someday to be a not-so-Olympian like him.

"The Reluctant Dragon" was, of course, simply delightful. And reminds me quite a bit of Tolkien's later work, "Farmer Giles of Ham". Both brought a rich, delightful smile to my face.
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Marolda Nadeem

Dream Days gets four stars for one story alone, The Reluctant Dragon. It’s a gem, and often published on its own, so it is interesting to see how Grahame originally conceived of it, as one story within another. His writing style is a pleasure, and his ability to recreate the imaginative day dreaming of a nine-year old boy is spot on. The narrative rambles, however, and ends on an abrupt, bittersweet note.
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Cavan Kalfayan

Brings back such memories of Oxford. Ohhhhh, Oxford!

Well, I found it in a little bookshop in the East Neuk and I picked it up simply because I thought the title was very charming. The book is all right. I hoped it would be in the style of Denton Welch, but it's just a Welchean name. A fine read, particularly for a day spent riding the bus round the seashore. Possibly worth the 75p.
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Matthaus Caldron

The sheer amount of priviledge that shines through these stories is, frankly, a little hard to see past, but if you can get your eyes to adjust to that brightness, they are sweet little vignetes of a happy, and probably quite realistic, childhood, of a very specific place and time.
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Iny Bustle

Dream Days was a wonderful follow-up to The Golden Age.

The penultimate chapter of Dream Days is "The Reluctant Dragon," on which the Disney film is based.
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Cuttler Dage

This is an odd book, a relict from long ago. It appears to be a linked series of stories for children, but it is written in such a style that no child would, I think, wish to read it - nor even have it read to them. But the subject matter is such that I can't see it appealing to many adults either. Perhaps it is best seen as an adult's recall of how he thought as a child, brought up in rather well-to-do late Victorian or Edwardian England; almost as a sociological phenomenon as well as mildly entertaining light reading.
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Sherline Bottomley

"Grown-up people really ought to be more careful. Among themselves it may seem but a small thing to give their word and take back their word. For them there are so many compensations. Life lies at their feet (...) I only waited till that hateful, well-known “Some other time, dear!” told me that hope was finally dead. It made it worse — if anything could — to hear that stale, worn-out old phrase, still supposed by those dullards to have some efficacy."

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