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lirion ([personal profile] lirion) wrote2009-09-18 07:42 pm
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There is something so comforting about rereading old book favourites. It's like a hug all tucke dup in between the covers, spread out over the time it takes you to read all the pages.

Somehow I find this even moreso with old childhood favourites. I cried over the end of Mates at Billabong last night - I remember crying the first time I read the scene, and last night it was the outlet I needed.
The Billabong books (Mary Grant bruce) were rereleased when I was about 12, and I recall I had them all at one point. I don't know where they went, but I feel the distinct urge to collect them all again now. There are only 15, and I've got some of those already.

And then today I reread one of the Abbey Girls series (Elsie J Oxenham). They were published about the same time as the Billabong books but that's about the only similarity. These are set in England, around the ruins of an abbey, rather than an Australian Cattle station.

However, on rereading it, it occurred to me that there were gaps in my knowledge of the characters; I used to pick up the odd Abbey book at 2nd hand bookstores, I ever had the whole collection.

So I went researching tonight, thinking it would be ncie to reread them too. And discovered there are 40 of them. 40! Now the question is, do I want them badly enough to collect them all? I'm kind of tempted I must say...

[identity profile] 2009-09-18 10:19 am (UTC)(link)
The Billabong books were actually released between 1910 & 1942. We have my father's copies from his childhood. Amazingly my aunt had kept them & gave them to our son on the same birthdays my father received them on!

[identity profile] 2009-09-18 10:24 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah I know, but as I said, they were rereleased in the 90s.

I have some of them in the old style, but I had a full set of the relreased paperbacks at one stage.

[identity profile] 2009-09-18 10:30 am (UTC)(link)
I realised after I posted that it sounded like a criticism & I should have said originally, not actually...text is so toneless!

[identity profile] 2009-09-18 10:35 am (UTC)(link)
I have to say the first thing I did was go and check that I had written rereleased as I meant to :) It's also east to miss the first re when the enxt 2 letters are the same so I wondered if you had misread which is whuy I restated.

And yes, much as I love being able to chat to people online etc, those missing cues can be hard sometimes.

[identity profile] 2009-09-18 10:29 am (UTC)(link)
It would be fabulous to have the originals.
I lvoe the history of old books.

Particularly old childrens books - they tell you so much of teh values imbued in society.
I was sad that the newer editions had been edited for language, it's like changing history. Yes we wouldn't do it now, but erasng the past makes it harder to learn from it.

That said the phrase "You're a white man" makes me twitch - mostly in this day and age with the racism we have towards muslims in particular.

[identity profile] 2009-09-18 09:39 pm (UTC)(link)
I have the same thing with The Three Investigators. There's 44 in that series, of which I have maybe 10.

And it gets worse - there's another 94 German ones! But I think I'm happy with just finding the English language ones some day and passing them on to my ki- ... well, to MalMal.

[identity profile] 2009-09-18 11:12 pm (UTC)(link)
I just hadn't realised ther were so many. I must have read a group fairly close together I think. And I think they are of the fairly early ones. Because all the amjor characters are familiar, but I reread one of much later ones and there is a lot of assumed knowledge as to why someone is unable to do stuff and...

But I feel the urge to get them all anyway.

I was thinking about it with the Trixie Beldon books awhile abck, but when I reread some they are too painfully wholesome for words. Though I am curious to see how they turned out later - there are about 100, so maybe I'll try and track down some of the later ones.

Mal Mal might want to take up detecting :)

[identity profile] 2009-09-20 02:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh! Oh, I love the Billabong books! I read them over and over again when I was a teenager. I still have a couple of battered copies here and there.

My mum has a good copy of the full set, but she doesn't lend it out, even to me - I have to read them when I go over and visit. She loved them as a young girl.