Five Run Away Together (Famous Five #3) By Enid Blyton

    This is a pretty good entry in the Famous Five series. It's slightly darker than the first two books but nothing young children won't be able to cope with and enjoy.

    What I particularly enjoyed was the twist at the beginning of act three. I didn't see it coming (apparently Sunshine Seaspray did but she's a bit of a smarty pants when it comes to that sort of thing).

    Anyway, at book three in our twenty two book Famous Five marathon, I'm not getting bored of the series yet.

    Buddy read with Sunshine Seaspray. 9781444935042

    Jess, my 7-year old little girl, gives it 5 stars.

    Comments while reading:

    “I hate the Sticks! They are so nasty.”

    “Why do English people have to have tea at 4 o’clock in the afternoon? Isn’t that too late? 4 o’clock is my nap time.”

    “I hope Aunt Fanny will get better.”

    “What is a ‘smuggler’? Why do people have to pay money to the government if they want to bring things from abroad?”

    “What do gorse bushes and heathers look like?”

    “Julian is the smartest but he likes to order the other kids around. He’s kind of bossy, but in a good way.”

    “Anne likes to do girly things, like making beds and sandwiches. I don’t like to do girly things, but I also don’t want to be a boy like George. My friend Athena is a tomboy --- she likes Sonic the Hedgehog and hates Princess.”

    “I knew it, the Sticks are the bad guys!”

    “My favorite part is when Dick, Julian and George hide out in the dungeons and make animal noises to scare the Sticks. The Sticks think that ghost cows, sheep, and horses are chasing them! I laughed so hard. I think this is the funniest Famous Five book that I’ve ever read.”

    “Anne is TWELVE and she doesn’t know what kidnapper means?”

    “What is a ‘ransom’?”
    9781444935042 In this third volume of the Famous Five series, events start off on a horrid note as the children discover that the packets of sandwiches they have wheedled from the new kitchen lackey are not very nice—too stale, too thick, and worst of all, not enough butter! However, the narrative quickly recuperates as our four little gourmands (plus Timmy!) devour some delicious fresh-baked bread, cakes, all of a meat pie and several jam tarts, bread and ham and butter and 'stuff', a roast chicken, some fine tomatoes, and a treacle tart, before moving onto biscuits, sausage rolls from the shop in the village, a dish of bacon garnished with tomatoes, more sausage rolls and fruit, more bread and jam and a pot of hot tea, cold ham, cheese, and the remains of a milk pudding.

    As the book moves swiftly to its climax and Anne—who is such a good little housewife!—transforms a hidden cavern into a right proper English pantry, the four (plus Timmy!) consume soup, tins of meat, tins of fruit, tinned milk, sardines, tinned butter, more biscuits, tinned vegetables, and lashings of ginger beer, in addition to chunks from a tin of pineapple, more sardines dug out with biscuits, hot cocoa, a ham and a loaf of bread, a jar of pickles, boiled tongue, tinned peaches, bread and butter, golden syrup, additional lashings of ginger beer, even more sardines, pressed beef sandwiches, tinned apricots, tinned milk, tinned salmon, two more tins of peaches, another tin of milk, more bread and butter, and a big jug of cocoa. The book concludes with more cocoa all around, and a juicy bone for Timmy!

    Oh, and there's something about smugglers and a child's kidnapping. 9781444935042 Reviewed at: The Library of Lights

    So, I’ve been making quite a long revisit to my childhood years and started to read Enid Blyton’s works again. ‘Five Run Away Together’ was an absolute favourite from my childhood years. I lost count how many times I’ve read this particular book, and re-reading it as an adult still does not bores me. ‘Five Run Away Together’ by Enid Blyton is an absolute escapism. Every kid, and kid at heart, should read this book. There is nothing not to like about this book. There’s plenty of heartwarming scenes in this book that I like. Plenty of moral for you to reflect on too. The language used? Definitely proper, and something all parents would approve of. This masterpiece was nothing like our modern YA books that’s filled with ridiculous vulgarities and whatnot.

    Love this book a lot, and would still rate it a 5 star. You folks should recommend this to your kids too, if you have any. If you don’t, you might wanna pick up a book in the ‘FIVE ISLAND ADVENTURE’ series, and escape to a wonderful world as you read along.

    Be forewarned, though. Reading Enid Blyton’s ‘FIVE ISLAND ADVENTURE’ series will whet your appetite. There’s plenty of good food featured every now and then in her books.

    9781444935042 I don't think the Enid Blyton famous five books will ever stop being a firm favourite in our family.
    Recommended. 9781444935042

    Five Run Away Together Five Run Away Together (Famous Five #3)

    My opinion of the reread of this book hasn't changed much. When once the arrival of the other three siblings set my heart racing, now I feel drowsy. And a bit sad, too.

    I've been wanting to write a fanfic about the Famous Five, and maybe I will. The challenge lies in the thought of a new angle. Or has the great Enid Blyton figured every good story idea? Somehow my will is resisting this ponderous, downish idea.

    As for this book, it's too childish. It's more childish than the Enchanted Wood trilogy, or A book of Brownies. I'll probably never revisit this particular offering again. It's left better in my middle grade days. 9781444935042 The Famous Five were a big part of my childhood, but I hadn’t read this one until now. This edition was published in 2010, with a foreword by Enid Blyton’s granddaughter, Sophie Smallwood, who writes about how Timothy the Dog was her favourite – I tend to agree. There’s perhaps no better judge of character than Timmy in the literary world!

    Enid Blyton books have always been a nostalgic form of escapism. I think even adults crave their own version of Kirrin Island; whether literal or metaphorical.

    “Aren’t we lucky to have an island and castle of our own! Just think, this is all ours!”

    Five Run Away Together was originally published in 1944. It’s a product of the times and therefore, might offend some readers. I chose to read it for what it is, but did find this darker than others. There was a recurrent threat of animal violence, with the characters encouraging their dog to attack a smaller one! This detracted from my enjoyment - I actually felt sorry for the villains.

    What I’ll most remember this book for, is how it changed my views on a beloved Australian classic. It begs the question; at what point can an author or estate launch legal action against another? Nan Chauncy published her novel, They Found a Cave, 5 years later. It shares the exact plot. A group of children go stay with their aunt, who takes ill, requiring a hospital stay. Because of this, the children are stuck with mean housekeepers who are plotting a scheme. So, the children run away and discover a cave, which they set-up to make all homely for themselves, while hatching a plan to bring the housekeepers to justice.

    There was plenty of conflict and suspense here to keep younger (or even older, nostalgic) readers engaged. Thankfully there were laughs too. I remain convinced Enid Blyton secretly wanted to be a food critic, as food was as much a character as anyone.

    “They opened a tin of meat, cut huge slices of bread and made sandwiches. Then they opened a tin of pineapple chunks and ate those, spooning them out of the tin, full of sweetness and juice. After that they still felt hungry, so they opened two tins of sardines and dug them out with biscuits. It made a really delicious meal.”

    I kept waiting for them to be sick! Blyton knew how to build mystery and intrigue, and still managed to surprise me with a twist, albeit a sinister one. The resolution of the twist was very wholesome and made up for what was otherwise one of the grittier adventures in the series.

    On a side note, this was book 22/22 of my 2022 reading challenge! Only fitting for it to be with the author that kick-started my love for reading itself. Thank you, Enid Blyton. 9781444935042 The children are all a year older, which makes Julian 13, I believe. The chronology is abandoned in later books as even with pretty much every Easter and Summer holiday being made use of and most of the Christmases, this still, by book 23, leaves us with four infantalised twenty-somethings and a rather elderly hound.

    This book begins, or reignites if you consider its role in other books, Blyton's love affair with convenient illness. The children are constantly abandoned because of poor health, bad memory, or benevolence neglect, generally into the hands of villains.

    Another repeating theme that surfaces here is that of the villainous poor. Blyton's enthusiastic casting of gypsies into the villain's role has yet to begin. I did think it had been foreshadowed by the kidnapper's boat being called The Roma but that was on audiobook and it turns out to have been The Roamer.

    Anyway, the plucky five are abandoned by two sets of parents into the hands of the substitute cook, Mrs Stick, and her husband. The couple have a spotty son for the children to bully and he has a small dog for Timmy to bully.

    Things do not go splendidly. The ginger beer is not forthcoming in lashings. Slap up feasts are only made possible by stealing the food Mrs Stick has made for her own family. And to cap it all, George grows worried that the Sticks plan to poison her dog (there are a good number of threatened and attempted poisonings of Timmy across the series and at least one successful though non fatal attempt).

    George runs off to her island and the others follow. Did I mention that in addition to the castle (emptied of its gold by the children in book 1) the island has an exposed shipwreck and a cave? Well it does and these play their roles in the uncovering and subsequent foiling of a kidnap involving the child of very wealthy parents.

    Comic side relief is provided by the continued tormenting of young Master Stick whose parents the Five are going to have jailed. Some of this through animal impressions relying on the deeply unconvincing rural ignorance of this family of city folk and the equally unconvincing echoiness of the castle dungeons.

    It all works out well. Mr Stick is captured through a police-sanctioned gambit that puts a child (Julian) at great risk and has no reasonable chance of success. And the children get to witness the final denouement via the incredibly flexible device of Access to Kirrin Island which drives the plot of several books in the series.

    Footnote: Access to Kirrin Island is a nebulous thing. Sometimes Georgina is concerned about day trippers picnicking and littering on her island. Baddies are often encountered there (The Sticks in this book), sometimes rowing there in the dead of night. At the other extreme we are told that the rocks are so deadly that nobody could possibly reach the only safe cove without the expert knowledge of a small collection of local fishermen (or George). So deadly are these rocks, apparently, that in one book they are the only defence needed for Uncle Quentin's top secret work, and the baddies actually have to PARACHUTE onto the island.

    Of course all the adults as fine with unsupervised 11 year old George rowing across open sea and through said rocks with her cousins.

    Anyway, a fun book to pick at, and when you're nine a fun book full stop.

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    . 9781444935042 I cannot be that vitriolic with this book. It got 2 stars from me when I reread it first time around. This once, I read it in French. There is something to be said about books that appear as a series in the famed Bibliotheque verte/rose publishing house.

    Le Club des Cinq, or the Famous Five are best when they try to escape from the rules imposed by adults and go to their paradise island, Kirrin Island, or here Kernach Island. Here the book was rendered better because the alienating adults were a cut above usual, and the features of their paradise revealed hidden rewards.

    Once the book neared its end, I switched off and then the book was over. You won't catch me waxing lyrical over the Five. I find them monotonous, and sexist. Perhaps classist too. These kids would probably grow up into adults where they would marry and cheat and birth the type of kids that they despised when they themselves were children.

    Therefore, I must stress on why I liked this book. The characters were laughably imagined. The prose was boring. But the getaway part of the plot, together with the twist of the Sticks, both deserve some praise. In all this translation made me fall in love all over again with this series, and that is the only merit I grudgingly give to Blyton. 9781444935042 It was meant to be. At long last the unwanted thing happened. I got swayed by the review of one user here and consequently I couldn't enjoy The Famous Five book for what it is. Among the four kids, it was Julian's demeanor that spoiled the fun. I immediately noticed how bossy and slightly mean he was. He wouldn't say anything without cussing Anne or someone other than her.

    I found the entire adventure boring and even the tinned stuff they were having on the island didn't look yummy to me. It's the end of an era. I may either take another Famous Five book on the rebound, or take a break from the series. It's not the end of the world, and I'm not sad at all, but such a day, maybe, was bound to arrive. 9781444935042


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