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 Post subject: Re: Shocks for the Chalet School - completely mad!
PostPosted: 04 Mar 2020, 11:46 
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:lol: :lol: :lol:

Some of those might be getting away from being children's books...


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PostPosted: 04 Mar 2020, 14:20 
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Alison, those would be amazing. And Mary-Lou gets to have an adventure down the Amazon. Maybe she'd be a Girls' Own Lara Croft or Indiana Jones.
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I love Mary-Lou during this period. She's good hearted and thinks of others, brash and self-confident and kind of bossy. She gets squashed when she goes too far, and she can acknowledge when she screws up. I think she gets less appealing after she outgrows the mischief/poorly though out ideas stage and sort of takes over as the exemplar of all that is good.

I have a feeling EBD had a GO literature fondness for sprawling family histories and elaborate naming systems that she didn't get much chance to indulge in a boarding school series. She pulls out the stops in The Lost Staircase, has an elaborate family background in Chudleigh Hold (I think there are pseudo-pirates in that one too), and a more modest one in Seven Scamps. She lets it out here, with the Lloyds, and occasionally in later books with the backstories of people like Adrienne Desmoines and the two Sams, where you have to draw charts to figure out what's going on.

Still not as extreme as EJO, though, where pretty much everyone in the Abbey series ended up related to everyone else. (I did draw diagrams for that one).

The Lost Staircase is absolutely barking mad, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. I liked Jesanne, I wish we'd seen more of her in the CS. And yes, young Mary-Lou is great. She's so sweet in Three Go.

I admit I have trouble visualising the pond/outlet/well.


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PostPosted: 14 Mar 2020, 02:49 
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I’ve just reread Shocks and I think it’s nuts. The arrival of Emerence, the wild fire bug who’s a vegetarian who eats shepherds pie... and the comment about “foreigners” (and that an Australian isn’t “foreign”). Then the fun pirate story with the morality tale (gambling is bad!)

I do like Bride and friends, who are lovely human teenagers and ML and the nascent Gang. Miss Annersley seems more nervous than at any other point in the series. Is it the separation from Nell?

Oh, and the Russell and Maynard clans living in Toronto but having a house linked to McGill university which seems to have transplanted itself from Montreal... not to mention the house on a hill overlooking the lake and the French convent. I think EBD merged Montreal and Toronto.


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I'm another who's very fond of these books, thanks to the many exciting incidents, but even more so to Bride and co, who are among my favourite characters, and to the young Mary-Lou, who I'll admit I'm also fond of when she's older. What amazes me is that I find Hilda is much more her own person in the Armishire and Island books - very caring and gentle, but most definitely in control, with no turning to Jo for the sort of help and support that EBD wrote in later on. My own Hilda in New Dreams is based totally on the person she is in the books from Exile to Tom Tackles..

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The descriptions of Canada amuse me. I spent six years in Toronto. It does not have dry, bracing winters. The prairies have dry bracing winters.

A Toronto winter is snow, followed by a brief thaw, followed by refreezing and ice, then more snow, then maybe some freezing rain, then snow again. You get a couple of weeks of lows of -20, but the effect of the lake keeps it warmer than other parts of the province. Ottawa (where I spent two winter semesters) is not that far away, but much more consistently cold.

I also love the Maynards sending the girls to a French convent school so they wouldn't pick up a Canadian accent. Quebecois French is much further from Parisian French than Canadian English from England English.

And I agree that Lost Staircase is bonkers. Fun, but bonkers. And I do wish we had seen more of Jesanne and Lois.

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PostPosted: 15 Mar 2020, 23:53 
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I know after re-reading Shocks after moving here, (we're about 100 miles west of Toronto), EBD's description of those 'dry, bracing, winters' in Toronto just didn't fit at all. I agree with Jennifer both about the freeze/thaw/freeze cycles, and the fact that EBD seems to have combined Toronto and Montreal, too! As for The Lost Staircase - at one level the story-line (hidden passages and buried treasure) is the height of improbability (and mirrored to some extent in Chudleigh Hold), but I really like the character development of both Jesanne and Lois as the book progresses, also the loving relationship which soon builds up between Jesanne and Sir Ambrose.


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