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Thread #72089   Message #3160818
Posted By: alanabit
26-May-11 - 09:53 AM
Thread Name: Winnie the Pooh
Subject: RE: Winnie the Pooh
"When Christopher Robin sets off for his English public school, presumably to be beaten and buggered and generally turned into an English gentleman - I think the sense of loss and the grief at the loss of innocence are almost unbearable and beautifully expressed."

Big Al Whittle earlier (04/08/04).

Those pithy words sum up what is so moving about the final chapter of "The House At Pooh Corner". I recall reading it to my daughter a few years back and finding it hard not to burst into tears. That time when your kids will enter any fantasy with you and make up whole worlds for themselves is so short. We both knew it was coming to an end, even as we were making up our own stories about The Teddy Bears of Gremberg Woods. In fact Gremberg Woods is one of the least romantic places on earth. It is only in the imagination of small children that you can unashamedly romanticise such places. For all her brilliance, it should recognised that Dorothy Parker was never likely to "get" Winnie The Pooh. It was not written for a childless New York intellectual.