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Book Title: The Ship of Adventure|
The author of the book: Enid Blyton
ISBN 13: 9780330301725
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 990 KB
Edition: MacMillan UK
Date of issue: January 7th 2000
Read full description of the books The Ship of Adventure:This book would have been a good, fitting ending to the series (as everyone knows, it was originally written as the final book) as the treasure hunting adventure and the Mediterranean locations manage to live up to the high standards of the premises and settings of the previous two books, if not to the exceptionally high standards of the first three.
The only problems I have with this book are that the extremely convenient departure of Mrs Mannering and the breakdown of the ship's engines are far too contrived and convenient even to seem right in an Enid Blyton story, and that Mrs Mannering is cast in the unenviable role of stick-in-the-mud, ball-and-chain mother far more than in any other book in this series. This is an unfortunate role that many Enid Blyton mothers are forced to adopt at times, although at least there is some precedent for it with Mrs Mannering, unlike with (for example) the mother character in the "Secret" series, who undergoes a complete personality change in the final book.
Was it worth Enid Blyton's time and effort coming back to write two more books in this series, or should things have been left alone after this adventure? I seem to remember that at least The Circus (if not also The River) is right up there with the best ones in this series, and I'm very keen now to read on and find out.
Read information about the authorEnid Mary Blyton (1897 - 1968) was an English author of children's books.
Born in South London, Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 1924 marriage to editor Hugh Pollock, with whom she had two daughters. This marriage ended in divorce, and Blyton remarried in 1943, to surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters. She died in 1968, one year after her second husband.
Blyton was a prolific author of children's books, who penned an estimated 800 books over about 40 years. Her stories were often either children's adventure and mystery stories, or fantasies involving magic. Notable series include: The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers, Noddy, The Wishing Chair, Mallory Towers, and St. Clare's.
According to the Index Translationum, Blyton was the fifth most popular author in the world in 2007, coming after Lenin but ahead of Shakespeare.
See also her pen name Mary Pollock
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