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Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

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However I just found the book to be a long winded and repetitive whinge about the lack of hospitality and excitement in the coastal towns. Harry felt forlorn upon hearing that, expressing his condolences, but the grandfather said it was alright and shared about the reason this family left the door unlocked.

His perception of the kingdom of the sea may be a partial one, and in my view jaundiced, but it makes a stimulating book for all that. Paul Theroux had written several travel/train books, including The Great Railway Bazaar, before he decided to learn more about Great Britain, the country in which he had been living for the past 10 years.Theroux must have known that these holiday camps are a sick joke throughout the rest of the country, catering to a small section of the dwindling working class and its teen-age children. But I can tell this author a few things about endings, especially since I didn’t like his own ending to this story. The grandfather said, "Aah used to reckon they were mad, leaving the door unlocked when they weren't here, and that notice on the table.

Then my optimism kicked in and decided I could not devote myself to such a boring exercise in self-flagellation. He does get things wrong: from, famously now, claiming that there is no pier in Wigan to stating that crowdie is equivalent to porridge and a crofter is some old fashioned way of describing a tenant farmer. At the end of the novel Harry finds his parents and they get angry at him for leaving the town that got bombed.Outside the carriage, he meets an old man who is a close relative of the family (grandfather), who explains to Harry that the family is no longer alive. Back to where everything was just as it always had been, and you did things without thinking about them. I had gravitated to The Kingdom by the Sea because I always like a good travelogue, and I especially love reading about England. He ran down the long back garden, with his neck prickling and the blankets bouncing against his back comfortingly.

Which happens *literally* on his way back from Lindisfarne (where he has a bad run-in with local kids and, in the absolute cold blood of necessity, deliberately and consciously breaks a kid’s ankle), when Harry’s caught by the tide, soaked to the skin, and ends up spending the night in a refuge tower in the middle of the flooded causeway. Some of his other awards include The Carnegie Medal in 1982 for The Scarecrows, the Smarties Prize in 1989 for Blitzcat, and the Guardian Award in 1991 for The Kingdom by the Sea. The occasional use of "Aah" instead of "I" is surprisingly effective at conjuring up a Geordie accent.The big roll of blankets, wrapped in a groundsheet because the shelter was damp, done up with a big leather strap of Dad’s. Paul Theroux kann man zugute halten, dass er während seiner Arbeit als Reiseschriftsteller schon viele fremde Orte und deren Einwohner kennen lernt und deshalb daheim Ruhe haben will.

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