The Box of Delights - Folio Society Edition

The Box of Delights - Folio Society Edition

John Masefield Adèle Geras Sara Ogilvie / Jan 23, 2020

The Box of Delights Folio Society Edition When he boards the train to go home for Christmas Kay Harker little imagines the adventures that await him On the platform he meets an old Punch and Judy man with an Irish terrier who gives Kay the

  • Title: The Box of Delights - Folio Society Edition
  • Author: John Masefield Adèle Geras Sara Ogilvie
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When he boards the train to go home for Christmas, Kay Harker little imagines the adventures that await him On the platform, he meets an old Punch and Judy man with an Irish terrier who gives Kay the mysterious warning that, The wolves are running He entrusts Kay with a shiny black box with magic powers, which can transport the owner through time and space Sinister stWhen he boards the train to go home for Christmas, Kay Harker little imagines the adventures that await him On the platform, he meets an old Punch and Judy man with an Irish terrier who gives Kay the mysterious warning that, The wolves are running He entrusts Kay with a shiny black box with magic powers, which can transport the owner through time and space Sinister strangers are in pursuit of the box, and behind it all is the wicked wizard Abner Brown Aided by the Joneses, his gang of young friends, Kay must foil the plot and restore the box to its rightful owner by midnight on Christmas Eve.The sequel to The Midnight Folk, The Box of Delights is a thrilling adventure in its own right, peopled by mythical beings from Herne the Hunter with his great antlers to the Lady of the Oak Tree, her sleigh drawn by a team of lions all mingled with delightfully eccentric humour Most spellbinding of all is Masefield s prose, whether he is describing the joys of a Robber Tea, eaten by firelight on the hearthrug, or dancing with the King and Queen of the Fairies to music so beautiful, so moving, that to listen to it was almost too great a joy In a new introduction, children s author Ad le Geras describes the sensations that the book has evoked in her since childhood Sara Ogilvie s illustrations are a captivating key to this enchanted world.

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        Masefield was born in Ledbury, a rural area in England to George Masefield, a solicitor and Caroline His mother died giving birth to his sister when Masefield was only 6 and he went to live with his aunt His father died soon after After an unhappy education at the King s School in Warwick now known as Warwick School , where he was a boarder between 1888 and 1891, he left to board the HMS Conway, both to train for a life at sea, and to break his addiction to reading, of which his Aunt thought little He spent several years aboard this ship and found that he could spend much of his time reading and writing It was aboard the Conway that Masefield s love for story telling grew In 1894, Masefield boarded the Gilcruix, destined for Chile He recorded his experiences while sailing through the extreme weather Upon reaching Chile, Masefield suffered from sunstroke and was hospitalized He eventually returned home to England as a passenger aboard a steam ship.In 1895, Masefield returned to sea on a windjammer destined for New York City However, the urge to become a writer and the hopelessness of life as a sailor overtook him, and in New York, he deserted ship He lived as a vagrant for several months, before returning to New York City, where he was able to find work as an assistant to a bar keeper.For the next two years, Masefield was employed in a carpet factory, where long hours were expected and conditions were far from ideal He purchased up to 20 books a week, and devoured both modern and classical literature His interests at this time were diverse and his reading included works by Trilby, Dumas, Thomas Browne, Hazlitt, Dickens, Kipling, and R L Stevenson Chaucer also became very important to him during this time, as well as poetry by Keats and Shelley.When Masefield was 23, he met his future wife, Constance Crommelin, who was 35 Educated in classics and English Literature, and a mathematics teacher, Constance was a perfect match for Masefield despite the difference in age The couple had two children Judith, born in 1904, and Lewis, in 1910.In 1930, due to the death of Robert Bridges, a new Poet Laureate was needed King George V appointed Masefield, who remained in office until his death in 1967 Masefield took his appointment seriously and produced a large quantity of verse Poems composed in his official capacity were sent to The Times Masefield s humility was shown by his inclusion of a stamped envelope with each submission so that his composition could be returned if it were found unacceptable for publication.On 12 May 1967, John Masefield died, after having suffered through a spread of gangrene up his leg According to his wishes, he was cremated and his ashes placed in Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey Later, the following verse was discovered, written by Masefield, addressed to his Heirs, Administrators, and Assigns Let no religious rite be done or read In any place for me when I am dead, But burn my body into ash, and scatter The ash in secret into running water, Or on the windy down, and let none see And then thank God that there s an end of me.


    1. Today in What the Hell Did I Just Read? we bring you . . . this book. Highly recommended, considered a classic, a "Christmas story for the ages," according to sources I used to trust. And beautifully reprinted by the NYPL with the original illustrations, this bookworm's crack. How, how, HOW could I go wrong in reading this to my kids the week following Christmas? Well, for starters, I had to stop every page and explain what the heck was going on. Aside from the old fashioned language and British [...]

    2. We love this book and would rate it one of the best childrens books of all time. Written in beautiful and poetic language it evokes a magic rarely found. I feel the first seven chapters are excellent, after this there are some bits that feel a slog and there are some discussions between Abner and his staff that go on to the extent that now we have read it so many times I leave some bits out. Obviously a publisher these days would also point out that the ending should be changed ! This aside ther [...]

    3. John Masefield, poet laureate of the U.K. from 1930 till his death in 1967, is perhaps best known for his poem “Sea Fever” (“I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky”). He was also, however, one of the finest and most influential writers of children’s books. I first read The Box of Delights in Kenya, when I was about ten. When I went to the States for college, I was horrified to find that no one had heard of it, and that the only available edition had been butche [...]

    4. The Wolves are Running!That phrase was the best part of this book for me. It stated immediate evil and drew me in, plus it kept me going when nothing else made sense. This John Masefield tale is a Christmas favourite for many and seems to have influenced the Narnia saga. I would also dare to say that it has some elements that may have influenced the Harry Potter stories as well such as the young hero, railway stations, snow-filled villages, hot drinks, and magic.Alas, when it was first read to m [...]

    5. It seems that many other reviewers had not read 'The Midnight Folk' first, yet jumped into this, its sequel. They seemed confused, and seem to think that it is because they are reading a sequel. I can tell you it is not because you are reading a sequel (Midnight Folk has virtually no back story on this, except a recycled villain.), but simply because the book is quite confusing. There is SO much in this book that I'm surprised editors didn't catch and go, 'hang on a minute', etc. Sometimes somet [...]

    6. The Box of Delights (1935) by John Masefield is a miracle and a masterpiece of magical literature. I admit to getting lost in the narrative. I was completely absorbed in Kay Harker’s adventures. The actual box of delights allows the holder to travel quick or small or both – the depiction of magical and enchanted journeys held me enthralled. We encounter Herne the Hunter, the Lady of the Oak Tree, lions, unicorns and talking animals. There are kidnappings, chases, robberies and great escapes. [...]

    7. It starts well with some very atmospheric scenes – the men on the train and Cole Hawkins magic show are particularly good, as are the trips to the fort – but as it goes on it has become very repetitive and convoluted. How many times do we have to have Kay 'go small' to spy on Abner talking to himself in exposition to reveal endless details of the non existent plot?Stylistically it's dated - with Enid Blyton-y dialogue. The magic seems barely thought out and apart from a few good moments at t [...]

    8. I only managed to get halfway through this one and found it to be okay but not something I'd recommend for today's children who would probably find it excruciatingly boring. It's a slow read, which is not a bad thing, but I am not finding the characters captivating (or even passably interesting, come to think of it). There is a set pattern to the plotting, as well, that is picked up early on and becomes very dull after so many repeats. To grasp the story at all, it is necessary to have a rather [...]

    9. 3.5; the shifts in tone are somewhat jarring (the book starts off as a light fantasy precursor to the likes of The Dark is Rising series, The Wolves of Willoughby Close, and John Gordon's Giant Under the Snow and sporadically digresses into a Wind in the Willows/Alice in Wonderland-type mode), and contemporary readers might find the antiquated 'I Say Jolly Good gung-ho' tone crossing over from whimsy into insufferable tweeness at times, but despite all that Masefield possesses a seemingly effort [...]

    10. It happens a lot doesn't it - that second read which brings far more to the table than that first encounter; in consequence it is upped from 3* to 4*. Very Taliesin, mythologically speaking, wouldn't you say?

    11. Tool to excavate enchantment. Childhood favourite. Initiated terror of Herne the Hunter. *remembers cowering through forest**shakes fist at 21st century*

    12. Currently reading this with my son. I forgot just how good this book is! An all-time classic which takes me back to childhood.

    13. At the train station on his way home from school for the Christmas holiday, Kay Harker, the main character of The Box of Delights, encounters a mysterious Punch and Judy man named Cole Hawlings. The two hit if off so well that when Hawlings needs someone to hide and guard his box of delights he entrusts it to Kay. As Kay enjoys the powers given to him by the box - to move swiftly, to shrink, to travel through time - he also becomes aware of a strange series of disappearances around town. Not onl [...]

    14. I vaguely remember this being on tv at Christmas far back in my youth so thought it would be a nice festive readankly though I was confused I couldn't figure how old the characters were,why nobody seemed concerned when people went missing for days on end and why they weren't astonished by magicmittedly this is a sequelybe all those points are addressed in first book. a little catch up might have been nicee idea of the magic box that goes swift and goes small and the menace of the pretend clerics [...]

    15. I read this book most years at Christmas, it's something of a ritual. If I get the chance I watch the BBC adaptation as well. There is something so thrilling about the warning issued to Kay, the young hero: The wolves are running. Yet Kay is wonderfully matter-of-fact about his adventure, taking encounters with mysterious missionaries, scrobbled clergy, murderous pirates and Herne the Hunter in his stride. He's aided by visiting friends, including the intrepid Maria, but they do have a way of ge [...]

    16. When Kay comes home for the holidays, he meets a strange man who warns him, "The Wolves are running," and entrusts him with a magical Box to keep safe. The evil Abner Brown is after the box with his gang of kidnappers and cutthroats, and when people begin disappearing in Kay's town, Kay must use the Box to travel into the Past to save his friends.I had high expectations for this book, and while I did enjoy it, I was a little disappointed. The plot has many gaping holes in it, the characters act [...]

    17. "Strange things begin to happen the minute young Kay Harker boards the train to go home for Christmas and finds himself under observation by two very shifty-looking characters. Arriving at his destination, the boy is immediately accosted by a bright-eyed old man with a mysterious message: “The wolves are running.” Soon danger is everywhere, as a gang of criminals headed by the notorious wizard Abner Brown and his witch wife Sylvia Daisy Pouncer gets to work. What does Abner Brown want? The m [...]

    18. "The Box of Delights" - written by John Masefield and published in 1935, this version published in 2007 by The New York Review of Books. I knew I was going to enjoy this story when, on page six, the main character, a young man named Kay, muses from the train window, "They look just the sort of hills where you might come upon a Dark Tower, and blow a horn at the gate for something to happen." Kay soon meets a little old man who draws him into the action of the story - "He's a queer old man. I sho [...]

    19. Apr. - fantasy Not the easiest book to get through. It's over 300 pages and the chapters (only 12) are very long. The transitions within the chapters are often blurred, making it harder to grasp what is going on where and when. Were this published today, I think separating the action into shorter chapters would have been done. Some bits are a little too convenient - deus ex machina.This is a curious mixture of reality and fantasy: we have gangsters, magic, time travel. At times it was difficult [...]

    20. Was there acid in 1935? Because John Masefield had to be on SOMETHING. The BBC made multiple radio and television adaptations of this?! One of which won a BAFTA in 1984? I am speechless. In short, this is an unedited mess of fever dreams seemingly concocted on the fly to satisfy the varied demands of a band of unruly children for an endless bedtime story that involves equally large quantities of snow and kidnapping, various space and time travel magics that change as needed to fit the needs of t [...]

    21. I enjoyed the film when it first came out and watched some of it regularly at Christmases afterwards just for the Christmassey mood it generated. It was overlong with episodes that bore no relation to the story just added in (I thought so the BBC could show off their burgeoning special effects department) and the next generation never took to it. I thought it was about time I read the classic book but it was exactly the same. It is a sort of dreamy, fantasy stream of consciousness (or perhaps un [...]

    22. I believe I actually read this when I was a kid, but can't be completely sure. I did love the TV adaptation that played around Christmas in England (where I spent 10 years of my childhood). I've always felt nostalgic about the series until I found episodes on YouTube and realized that 1980s attempts at special effects for TV were not so great. Still, I remember it fondly and I'm thinking the book might be a more lasting version.

    23. A completely surreal read. For a children's book, this is dark and chaotic. Murder, kidnapping and robbery vie amongst scenes of rural fantasy and cameos by Herne the Hunter, mermaids and disembodied talking heads.It is clear that this early foray into children's fantasy has influenced a huge number of later children's writers, notably Susan Cooper, Alan Garner, C.S. Lewis and Mary Norton. I constantly found reminders of other children's authors and their work. Kay, the protagonist, obtains the [...]

    24. I tried reading John Masefield's The Box of Delights some years ago, and did not get into the story at all. I decided to persevere with it, and read it in anticipation of Christmas this year. I reached around the same point in the ebook as I did last time before giving up on it. The prose is fine, but it tends to become rather stodgy when twinned with the dialogue. The pace of the novel is strange, and begins to jar; not a lot happens at first, and indeed the opening chapters are rather dull, bu [...]

    25. You can also read this review on my blog Another World. Have you ever returned to a book that you loved during your childhood, only to discover that it doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, when read in adulthood? Well, that pretty much sums up my experience with John Masefield’s children’s classic, The Box Of Delights. As a child it was one of my favourite books; one which, along with The Chronicles Of Narnia, proved to be very influential in nurturing my early love of fantasy literature. Yet its [...]

    26. This book was pure magic.I found this book among a stack of old books that was given away by a family friend. The cover was an illustration where Kay was "stepping out" from the Box into the forest where Herne the Hunter waited, in his stag garb. I was 10 years old, a wee bit precocious and was devouring every book I could find, even the Egyptian Archaeological reference books from our small town's library just before they decided that it was off limits to children. I was into everything Enid Bl [...]

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