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by Edith Nesbit

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ISBN: 0554376628
Author: Edith Nesbit
Language: English
Publisher: BiblioLife (August 18, 2008)
Pages: 216
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 892
Size Fb2: 1512 kb
Size ePub: 1961 kb
Size Djvu: 1932 kb
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Эдит Несбит The Magic City. Chapter I the beginning. Philip Haldane and his sister lived in a little red-roofed house in a little red-roofed town. You think you ought to bear it alone, like in books, and be noble and all that.

Эдит Несбит The Magic City. But you must tell me; you promised you'd never have any secrets from me, Helen, you know you di. Helen put her arm round him and said nothing.

A story that works on many levels and will be equally enjoyed by adults and children.

So the Hippogriff was entirely its own master as far as the choiceof where it was to go was concerned. It tossed its white mane aftercircling three times between air and sky, made straight for mayn't-go. Here, you,get back to Polistopolis as fast as you can. See? Please, I mean,' sheadded, and then she spoke the magic word. Philip was peeping through the bushes close by, and he heard that magicword (I dare not tell you what it is) and he saw for the first time theface of the Pretenderette. And he trembled and shivered in his bushylurking-place.

I found this after hunting around for E. Nesbit books I might have missed. Her writing differs from George Macdonald and William Morris; it's more relatable and light hearted. Her influence on later writers like C. S. Lewis can be seen particularly well in 'The Magic City'; one of the main characters, for example, is named Lucy.

One fee. Stacks of books.

The Magic City Текст. About the Hippogriff. Mr. Noah only had to whisper the magic word in his ear and up he flew. How did it get out of the book?' 'It's a long story,' said the parrot, 'so I'll tell it shortly. That's a very good rule. Tell short stories longly and long stories shortly. But what that magic word was the children did not know, though they asked often enough. And now at last the ark was finished, the scaffolding was removed, and there was the great Noah's ark, firmly planted on the topmost tower. It was a perfect example of the ark-builder's craft.

Read various fiction books with us in our e-reader. Wonderful, captivating children story. Feeling lonely after being abandoned by his newly married elder sister Helen, Philip tries to adjust to a new life and entertain himself. He builds a city inside. a house – from books, blocks and other stuff he played wit. nd one day Pip finds himself inside this magic city. Citizens told him that there had been a prophesy of two newcomers – the Deliverer and the Destroyer.

To entertain himself he builds a giant model city from things around the house: game pieces, books, blocks, bowls, etc. Then, through some magic, he finds himself inside the city, and it is alive with the people he has populated it with. Some soldiers find him and tell him that two outsiders have been foretold to be coming: a Deliverer and a Destroyer. Noah, from a Noah's Ark playset, tells Philip that there are seven great deeds to be performed if he wants to prove himself the Deliverer.

The Magic City, however, was a much better book. It isn't something transcendent like Narnia or The Wind in the Willows, but it was jolly fun. I think I would have liked it better as a child, but it was still enjoyable as an adult. The story, and the substory about the boy making friends with his new step-sister, doesn't bring much that's new. But the magic of Nesbit's writing is in the light, good-natured feel of her writing, and that's present here in full force.

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When I first found this book as a Kindle freebie I knew in a general way who Edith Nesbit was and knew of her more popular books, ("Story of the Treasure Seekers", "Five Children and It", and "The Railway Children"). I didn't realize that she was quite so well regarded as more or less the pioneer of modern children's adventure novels, or at least the branch of contemporary fantasy that places magical objects into real world settings. In any event, closer familiarity with her work makes it clear why she was such an acknowledged influence on writers as diverse as C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, P. L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins), Edward Eager, and Diana Wynne Jones.

That said, I was a bit bemused by other reviews on this site. Many refer to this book being a favorite from some long past childhood. Many read as apologies for the book's old-fashionedness or as pleas to modern readers for patience and understanding. Well, I'm having none of that. Sure, there are some out-of-date references, a few things that an American child wouldn't recognize, and a few old-fashioned sentiments, but nothing that would have more than a light and passing bearing on one's understanding of or appreciation of the story. At the very worst there is sometimes an air of formality or primness to some of the dialogue and narrative. But this is minimal, doesn't slow down the action, is not at all annoying, and is actually consistent with the vaguely unconventional or unreal feel that juvenile magical adventure fiction can sometimes have.

That said, it will take a bit of patience to get in to the book at first. That's mainly because our hero Philip is presented as a lame and petulant mama's boy who is unrelievedly mean to the fair and decent step-sister Lucy. Don't let that dissuade you. The whole point of the first part of the book is to show Philip's transformation into someone loyal, brave and kind, and you can't very well have that unless he starts out otherwise. It helps that the worst of his behavior is tamped down early on before we get very tired of it. That said, once Philip and Lucy team up in The Magic City and start having their adventures the book takes off and never looks back, and that is where the real appeal and excitement are to be found.

So, don't be warned off by the vaguely musty feel of even the positive reviews. This is ripping stuff for both boys and girls, (because Lucy holds her own as an interesting heroine, even if she does already start off as a good sort). It is readable by and relateable to a modern youth, and is rewarding without being preachy. It's also free, and is formatted perfectly well for my Kindle Touch. There is no downside to taking a flyer.

Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to the publisher of this book.
I found this after hunting around for E. Nesbit books I might have missed. I've read quite a few of her books, but this one ranks up with 'The Enchanted Castle' as one of my favorites.

Edith Nesbit was one of the breakthrough fantasy writers of the early 1900s. Her writing differs from George Macdonald and William Morris; it's more relatable and light hearted. Her influence on later writers like C. S. Lewis can be seen particularly well in 'The Magic City'; one of the main characters, for example, is named Lucy.

If you like following brave and heroic children on adventures that always include tea time, then read this book; you'll love it.
Edith Nesbit uses the most ordinary details of life to make you feel like you are present in the lives of the characters in her book. You are present at the table where the bacon fat has gone grey on the plate because Philip isn't hungry. He's feeling uneasy because an unknown man has befriended his sister and he senses that not everything is OK. The reader is seeing the world through Philip's eyes so you share that sense of uneasiness and it makes you want to turn the page to see if the concern is justified. Perhaps he will turn out to be a very nice man and Philip is just an overanxious boy - or perhaps something is wrong. With small details - "he dropped his tooth mug with water in it too and the mug was broken and the water went into his boots" - she successfully reminds us of that strange fact that when something big is going wrong in our lives, lots of little things seem to join in and go wrong, too. Nesbit is a clever writer but we seldom notice how successfully she invites us into her world.
All of E. Nesbit's stories are wonderful fantasies---very Edwardian but full of incredible feats of imagination. Yet they are always based on a real-life family situation. The Magic City has a young boy as its hero who has been living an idyllic life with his older sister. But when she marries, he is thrust into a new house and must deal with a new step-sister. He doesn't do this very well at first. As in the manner of all good stories, he goes through trials and tribulations and learns a lot. E. Nesbit is perhaps best known for The Railway Children. But all of her books are full of imagination. Definitely for the older child (unless you read to the child) in that it's good vocabulary.
As someone who grew up on Five Children & It and The Phoenix & the Carpet, this was another delight from the pen of Ms Nesbit. Whimsical, tender, slightly expected in terms of white hat/black hat, but with a solid end and lots of fun along the way. I wish I could build the way these kids do.
More than a quarter of a century ago my sisters and I were captivated by E. Nesbit, and particularly by THE MAGIC CITY. Long unavailable (I have scoured used book shops and the Net for copies for various children) it is great to have it easily available once more. I am happy to report that my own daughter was as taken with it as her aunts and I a generation earlier, and like us she at once began building magic cities of her own. I realize that I risk the wrath of Potterites everywhere, but I suspect that in a hundred years children and their parents will still be enjoying The Magic City while Harry is at most the subject of earnest dissertations on odd trends in the early 21st century. If you have a spark of imagination and an eager child handy, grab this book.
I kind of like this book. But it just didn't make sense sometimes. I understand its a American and British thing.
According to my almost 7 yr old son, what makes this book special is "everything". The characters enter an alternate universe based on the toys and books they have. The conceit intrigued my son as it will you.

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