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Once On A Time

Auhtor: A Milne

Language: english
Published: 1917

Genres:

short story collection,  humor,  audiobook
Downloads: 193
eBook size: 191Kb

Review by Joanna Daneman, June 2010


Rating: (*****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'Once On A Time':

Once On A Time is a fairy tale created by A. A. Milne. Written in 1917 Milnes own introduction begins This is an odd book and indeed it is very difficult to classify. Ostensibly a typical fairytale it tells the story of the war between the kingdoms of Euralia and Barodia and the political shenanigans which take place in Euralia in the kings absence all supposedly rewritten by Milne from the writings of the fictional historian Roger Scurvilegs. Milne created the story to contain believable three-dimensional characters rather than the stereotypes which will satisfy children. Hence the book introduces us to a princess who is far from helpless a prince who whilst handsome is also pompous and vain an enchantment which is almost entirely humorous a villain who is not entirely villainous and receives no real comeuppance a good king who isnt always good an evil king who isnt always evil and so on. The result is a book which children may not enjoy as much as adults. The book was written by Milne partly for his wife upon whom the character of the Countess Belvane was partially based.

Excerpts from the Book 'Once On A Time':


... Most extraordinary, said the King]. Now the Kingdom of Euralia adjoined that of Barodia, but whereas Barodia was a flat country, Euralia ...
... an exchange of Stiff Notes and that meanwhile we scour the kingdom for an enchanter who shall take some pleasant revenge for us upon his Majesty of Euralia. ...
... it to my messenger's ear, and sent him back again.. How very crude, said the Countess. Oh, I thought it was-er-rather forcible, said the ...
... off.. So should I, Wiggs. Let's decide to have no heads off just at present-till we're more used to it.. Wiggs still kept her eyes fixed upon ...
... will be rewarded. Here is- She felt in the bag she carried. No, on second thoughts I will owe it to you. Now you quite understand.. Yes, Mum, ...
... day broke fine. At an early hour Merriwig was up and practising thrusts upon a suspended pillow. At intervals he would consult a little book ...
... start, and hoped to gain two days upon him. In the simple fashion of those times (so it would seem from Roger Scurvilegs) they set out with no luggage ...
... if I don't.. Then return to the Palace.. Good-bye, your Royal Highness.. Udo waved a paw at him. Good-bye, good-bye.. Coronel ...
... No wight that stood upon that sacred scene Could gaze upon the sight unmoved, I ween: No wight that stood upon that sacred spot Could gaze ...
... Hyacinth achieved something very tactful in between, and Udo jumped up gracefully. Now we can talk, said Hyacinth. You noticed that ...
... soon, said Udo thoughtfully. You know, I shouldn't be very handy at it. Climbing about after nuts, he went on dreamily, what a life for a-. Oh, ...
... his toilet we had perhaps better not inquire. As the chronicler of these simple happenings many years ago, it is my duty to be impartial. These are ...
... beak, and whistles cool and clear. There is blue magic in the morning the sky, deep-blue above, melts into white where it meets the hills. The wind ...
... her house. She had wanted his help, but she did not want so much of it as she seemed to be likely to get. Udo, feeling that it was going to be rather ...
... but there are moments when one cannot help admiring him. This was one of them. You may shut the door, he said to the Chancellor. The instructions ...
... times worse. What do you do, Wiggs. she asked, when you are very lonely and nobody loves you.. Dance, said Wiggs promptly. But if you don't ...
... in the forest, and I'm just a little afraid of the world.. I will be very close to you always, Hyacinth.. Be very close, Coronel, she whispered, ...
... Udo with haste, enter King Merriwig. It would be so easy. Ah, but then Hyacinth would have won. Hyacinth had forced the engagement upon her even if ...
... at home, dear.. She gave a quick glance at the King to see that he was looking, and then patted Udo's hand tenderly. Home, she said lovingly, how ...
... hard things-I was certain that I had that feeling. I had proved it, you know there couldn't be any mistake.. Well.. Ah, but they laughed at ...