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Book Title: Five Go to Smuggler's Top|
The size of the: 17.57 MB
Edition: Hodder Children's Books
Date of issue: 2001
The author of the book: Enid Blyton
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780340796184
Read full description of the books Five Go to Smuggler's Top:One of the few Famous Fives where the wondrous meals took a back-seat! Smuggler’s Top however, atop the mist-shrouded Castaway Hill more than made up for the absence of 'lashings' of delicious food.
The adventure starts off with the Five heading off to Kirrin for another glorious vacation. But a terrible gale puts a damper in plans. It uproots a massive ash tree that crashes on to Kirrin Cottage. Four active kids, an excitable dog, a house badly in need of repairs and an irritable Uncle Quentin. Poor Aunt Fanny is in a right fix!
Uncle Quentin comes up with the plan of parcelling off the children to his fellow scientist, Mr.Lenoir’s house. And the house goes by the name of 'Smuggler’s Top'. An added attraction is Sooty(Pierre Lenoir), Mr.Lenoir’s stepson…a prankster who goes to school with Dick.
Smuggler’s Top is a huge house straight out of history with hidden passages behind panels and pits under seemingly ordinary floors.....all mysteriously ensconced on a small island surrounded by marshes and swirling mists.
After a few uneventful days, the Five soon discover that someone is flashing signals from the tower of Smuggler’s Top. Is smuggling still going under wraps of the creeping mist? And who is involved? Is their host up to something sinister? A delicious mystery made all the more intriguing by the house and it’s many unknown secrets.
Interesting characters are Mr.Lenoir...who likes to appear jolly and friendly, but regularly flies into a nasty temper (the indication of which is the tip of his nose turning white!). His man-servant Block is instantly repulsive with his blank-face,supposed deafness and brute-like strength. And then ofcourse, there’s Mr.Barling…the eccentric smuggler who has escaped the police so far. He longs for a bygone era when ships crept in, over the treacherous marshes towards the appointed place.
Another one of my Blyton favourites……Five Go to Smuggler’s Top was one that appealed to me purely for the entire ambience created. The house located atop a hill,riddled with secret passages……the sleepy town with cobbled streets and diamond-pane windows……the catacombs, where people could wander for days and get lost forever……the squelching mud of the marshes, which was almost a live, breathing thing.....all collectively added to the aura that was Smuggler’s Top. Enid Blyton effectively created a world that I could picture with startling clarity even after so many years.
When I was a snotty-nosed kid, I always read “Five Run Away Together” and “Five Go To Smuggler’s Top” back to back. From the windswept beauty of Kirrin Island to the sinister charm of Castaway Hill...each had it’s own appeal.
And while I have replenished my stock of other long-lost Famous Fives…I have loyally preserved this ancient double edition; a slice of my childhood and a reminder of simpler times!
Read information about the author(See also her pen name Mary Pollock)
Born in 1897 in South London, Enid Mary Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 1924 marriage to editor Hugh Pollock, with whom she had two daughters. This marriage ended in divorce, and Blyton remarried in 1943, to surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters. She died in 1968, one year after her second husband.
Enid Blyton was a prolific author of children's books, who penned an estimated 800 books over about 40 years. Her stories were often either children's adventure and mystery stories, or fantasies involving magic. Notable series include: The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers, Noddy, The Wishing Chair, Mallory Towers, and St. Clare's.
According to the Index Translationum, Blyton was the fifth most popular author in the world in 2007, coming after Lenin but ahead of Shakespeare.
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