On 9 Nov 2004 at 11:16, nicky smith wrote:
Trease seemed to have gradually moved to the right until the
seem very conventional to me.
I'm curious - I've only read the first 3 Bannermere books by him -
did he come across as leftish earlier on?
I very rarely know anything about the politics of *fiction* authors I
read, I find it nice when I have to spend so much time thinking about
historiographical schools and so on to just judge a book and its
message on what I read in the novel. But if anyone had asked me,
based on my reading, I wouldn't have considered Trease on the left -
as I infer you were suggesting, Nicky?
To me, Bannermere was just as semi-snobbish as most books about
(clever) children who find themselves in the country are - doubting
that you can get a decent haircut or clothes unless you leave the
village etc (although that may be true - there are bad hairdressers
and poorly stocked shops anywhere - but it is a stereotype too)
His portrayal of the French railway strike didn't seem particularly
sympathetic, although I appreciate we're mostly viewing it through
the eyes of tired teenagers and a conservative headmaster.
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