The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase 4 Hours And 49 MinutesWicked Wolves And A Grim Governess Threaten Bonnie And Her Cousin Sylvia When Bonnie S Parents Leave Willoughby Chase For A Sea Voyage Left In The Care Of The Cruel Miss Slighcarp, The Girls Can Hardly Believe What Is Happening To Their Once Happy Home The Servants Are Dismissed, The Furniture Is Sold, And Bonnie And Sylvia Are Sent To A Prison Like Orphan School It Seems As If The Endless Hours Of Drudgery Will Never Cease.With The Help Of Simon The Gooseboy And His Flock, They Escape But How Will They Ever Get Willoughby Chase Free From The Clutches Of The Evil Miss Slighcarp When Bonnie s parents leave for a voyage across the sea, she s left in the care of a strident governess Miss Slighcarp Soon joined by her cousin Sylvia, the girls suffer cruel treatment at the hands of their governess and watch as every joyful element of their lives is dismantled Meanwhile, menacing wolves circle and a strange man joins in Miss Slighcarp s machinations If Bonnie Sylvia are to be free and happy once , they must turn to an odd boy and his flock of geese for help Aiken evokes a marvelous sense of atmosphere, a sensation that s heightened by the contrast between the outside world and the inside of Bonnie s home Willoughby Chase A cold and haunting mood pervades the outside with its somber sighing of the wind and the hideous howling of the wolves The hills are pleated with snow, icicles hang from the trees, and snow lay piled on the dark roads Willoughby Chase is an inviting home a warm and welcoming stronghold Bonnie sleeps in a soft, warm bed, and she and Sylvia spend their afternoons in the nursery, which is gay with the sunshine that sparkled on crystal and silver and found golden light in the honey and quince preserves. Despite its alluring opening pages, <
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is best read when young, or by those with the ability to tap into their inner girl.I enjoyed the evil impostors who gleefully inflict child abuse Wolves is best read by kids who love to feel a bit of self pity and delicious horror.Bonnie is a bit of a simpering thing and there are lots of mentions of dresses and lace I didn t care about that My eyes tend to glaze over fripperies in real life too It feels like I m the only person alive who doesn t notice if someone mismatches their socks Sylvia had spunk, if she was spoiled I liked her a lot when she was knocked down some pegs.Wait, I don t know what my inner girl is I liked the baddies I rooted for the baddies as a kid I wanted Ursula to win don t get me started on my hatred of being called Ariel or, even worse, The Little Mermaid The m is not silent, little me would rage I liked pretty much all the Disney baddies up until the creepy bearded dude from Aladdin The baddies in Wolves are great They eat all of the good food for themselves They send the girls off to an evil boarding school slave house Mr Brocklehurst would die of envy They sleep in and are bad in a way that Lemony Snickett wouldn t dream of Phillip Pullman too ripped off Aiken s series There are also cool wolves Aiken writes atmospheric creepy wolf stuff very well It s like a dark side of girly boo
Those of us who grew up with an affinity for Victorian books, it might have started here, in Joan Aiken s 1962 classic Gothic Dickensian love note, with its pitch perfect wicked governesses and wretched orphanages and aptronyms and moors and girls who are described as hoydens, and secret passages, and real dungeons, and all these wolves When we hit our teens and started reading stuff like Dickens and Wuthering Heights, it felt familiar to us we d already been indoctrinated into the rules of Victoria It s set in an alternate history of England, where wolves are rampant and something about a King James III, who cares, how am I supposed to know whether a given King James is fictional or not, you can tell it s not the real world because this is a place where geese can be trusted Geese cannot be trusted irl They are wicked and they mean you harm.Here s a great piece on Wolves from the School Library Journal s Top 100 Children s Book List, which is a terrific resource Its popularity spawned a series, but I don t remember how good the rest are.I read this a ton of times as a kid, and re reading it now, scenes absolutely exploded in my memory as I got to them Aunt Julia s pa
Set in 1832, in an imaginary period of history, where wolves roamed during the snow covered days of winter, Sir Willoughby is preparing to take his wife on a cruise as she is delicate and in need of a rest raise eyebrows and their daughter Bonnie is awaiting the arrival of her cousin Sylvia who is to come and live with them Bonnie s life couldn t be happier with rooms full of toys, a dolls house you can walk inside and devoted servants.until Miss Slighcarp arrives.Miss Slighcarp is a real boo hiss villain and instantly shows that she is not someone you
This post is part of the 2015 Classics Challenge.WHEN I Discovered This ClassicI actually don t think I had heard of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase until I discovered the Vintage Children s Classics, my favourite series of children s classics I just love the design and the selection of well known and lesser known classics I bought I Capture the Castle in 2012 followed by The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The Dark is Rising, Fly Away Home and Charlotte Sometimes in 2013.WHY I Chose to Read It It was freezing in February and I was looking for a wintry classic to read as part of the challenge It had been sitting on my TBR for a while and I hadn t picked up a Vintage Children s Classic for a while, even though I own quite a few now It s also meant to be adapted as a BBC drama this Christmas, but I have not heard any about it since it was first announced in 2013 I really hope it goes ahead WHAT Makes It A ClassicIt s a classic children s adventure story, full of beautiful descriptions of the la
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is a lovely little children s book with secret passages, an evil governess and a goose boy I definitely recommend it to little girls who have a mind for adventure I myself had a little trouble at first getting into it, simply because I m just not the audience for this But eventually the adventure took over and I wanted to find out what happens There s a weird wackiness in the beginning, which made me chuckle Wolves jump up and attack the windows on a train Bonnie s parents have no problem leaving their home and their bank accounts to a distant relative who has a very unpleasant disposition A boy lives in a cave with his geese, even in the winter And the evil plot I won t even go into it Let s just say, I seriously have my doubts It was fun though This is an old story from 1962 so it has kind o
It was dusk winter dusk Snow lay white and shining over the pleated hills, and icicles hung from the forest trees Snow lay piled on the dark road across Willoughby Wold, but from dawn men had been clearing it with brooms and shovels There were hundreds of them at work, wrapped in sacking because of the bitter cold, and keeping together in groups for fear of the wolves, made savage and reckless from hunger I dare you not to go on reading after that I read this book over and over as a kid, but it s equally entertaining for adults it s the book Dickens might have written if he wrote for young people, an atmospheric semi Gothic that follows the adventures of two young girls, spunky intrepid Bonnie and her fragile cousin Sylvia, when Bonnie s parents go abroad and leave them with the malign governess Miss Slighcarp, who is definitely up to no good Joan Aiken is the daughter of poet Conrad Aiken, and her heritage shows in her vivid use of language, but it s really
This is terrible but wonderful.It s really a book that was published for young adults or kids, but published in 1962 so the idea of what constitutes entertaining literature for youngsters is really rather dated.I think the author was influenced by Edward Gorey and his odd, brilliant little books than she was by some of the other palpable influences, like Dickens and other masters of waif literature It s the story of a rich little waif so not a true waif, but she fits the archetypal mold who is left under the guardianship of a questionable governess, Miss Slighcarp, who arrives at the familial estate Willoughby Chase under questionable circumstances to begin her reign of terror over children.So very Gorey.Even the cover art and many of the illustrations throughout are a total Gorey rip off.I researched it to make sure it wasn t one of Gorey s many
Joan Aiken s Wolves Chronicles are wildly inventive fantasies, set in an alternate England where the Stuarts remained on the throne, making the Hanoverians the rebels and conspirators, and where wolves still roam even in London There are eleven of them in all and won t be any , since Aiken sadly died in January 2004 , and I think of them in sets of two or three The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Black Hearts in Battersea introduce many of the main characters in the series, chiefly Simon, an orphan, and Dido Twite, a London guttersnipe, as well as Dido s family, inveterate Hanoverian plotters, especially her Pa, a musical but amoral genius Nightbirds on Nantucket and The Stolen Lake chronicle Dido s adventures outside England as does Dangerous Games, though it was written after Dido and Pa , and The Cuckoo Tree and Dido and Pa tell what happens when she returns Is Underground and Cold Shoulder Road tell of Dido s sister Is, and Midwinter Nightingale and The Witch of Clatteringshaws return to Dido and Simon s stories.Most people seem to think that the first three books are the best, and I d agree with that they have focused plots than some of the later books I do have an odd fondness for The Stolen Lake, which has Dido encountering ancient Britons in South America and an interesting Arthurian plot, but by Dido and Pa, I am generally happy to ge
I read this book thinking, I wish this had been around when I was younger Well, this is a foolish thought because the books were around when I was a child, and have been around for awhile Any books for children that feature a mixture of Georgian Victorian society, a dash of wolves, loads of adventure, and little girls learning to stand on their own two solid feet has my love I love that Bonnie is not only a plucky young girl, but also handy with a rifle good against wolves This story is one of daring, bravery, friendship, sisterhood and that very best ingredient in children s stories growing up with grace away from parents and adults I do wish I d read this book as a young girl because I could have learned and gained a great deal from Bonnie even if I was like shy, sensitive Sylvia at first This book is recommended to young girls and boys and any adult that still enjoys that bit of whimsy and wonder in their reading I would think this would be a great read aloud and s

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  • Hardcover
  • 207 pages
  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
  • Joan Aiken
  • German
  • 19 November 2017
  • 9783938899113