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The Wind in the Willows

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Author: Kenneth Grahame
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 59,795 / 174 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.3
LoC Category: PZ
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 7,783
Added to site: 2009.01.15
mnybks.net#: 23144
Origin: gutenberg.org

Alternately slow-moving and fast-paced, the story focuses on three animal characters in a bucolic version of England, and is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality and camaraderie. It will provide as much pleasure to adult readers as to children, although for rather different reasons.

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's eyes were able to wander off the table-cloth a little.

"I am looking," said the Mole, "at a streak of bubbles that I see travelling along the surface of the water. That is a thing that strikes me as funny."

"Bubbles? Oho!" said the Rat, and chirruped cheerily in an inviting sort of way.

A broad glistening muzzle showed itself above the edge of the bank, and the Otter hauled himself out and shook the water from his coat.

"Greedy beggars!" he observed, making for the provender. "Why didn't you invite me, Ratty?"

"This was an impromptu affair," explained the Rat. "By the way--my friend Mr. Mole."

"Proud, I'm sure," said the Otter, and the two animals were friends forthwith.

"Such a rumpus everywhere!" continued the Otter. "All the world seems out on the river to-day. I came up this backwater to try and get a moment's peace, and then stumble upon you fellows!--At least--I beg pardon--I don't exactly mean that, you know."

There was a rustle behind them, pr

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
2013.05.06
aMaureen
*****

The Wind in The Willows is a must read for anyone who loves literature, in every sense.I had no regrets whatsoever, after reading it. Simply wonderful.

2010.01.14
nelliejm
*****

The delightful adventures of mole, rat and badger and their life on the river is a timeless classic. An easy read. Revive the child in you and enjoy.


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