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The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage

by:
Stephen Isabirye (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-5495-5 ©2009
Price: $17.95
Book Size: 8.5" x 11" , 231 pages
Category/Subject: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary

The first analysis of Enid Blyton from an international perspective through her renown series, The Famous Five

Abstract:
For the past century, Enid Blyton has been described as the greatest publishing phenomenon of our time, the “Muhammad Ali of Children’s Literature” while The Famous Five have often been described as “The Beatles of Children’s Literature” whereas The Secret Seven are deemed to have been “the cradle of James Bond.” Nonetheless, this is the first book that looks at Enid Blyton’s works from a comparative international panorama, rather than a European, especially British perspective. It examines Enid Blyton’s changing viewpoints during her literary career toward familial issues, science, health, religion, and the environment through the lenses of one of her most well renown series, The Famous Five.

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Customer Reviews

  Wow! (what can I say.....) , 05/19/2010
Reviewer: Mr.Dave Lentcombe
Took a lot of effort and persistence to get hold of this book,(my cousin Bryan who lives in Honk Kong tracked it down for me!) Was it worth it....well yes and no....I didnt really know what to expect,but without giving too much away,if you are a true fan of Enid Blyton I really think you need to read this mans work......Without spoiling anything for you the whole idea of his worldwide promotion and publication of this mans anecdotage is simply as audacious and stunning as the 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd'! In the second chapter I feel impelled to warn you that it is very

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  A Real Banquet , 05/26/2010
Reviewer: Rajdeep Parikshit
I found this to be an epic deconstructive commentary, ruthlessly probing the very heartland of the Blytonian psyche. I too, struggled with the extremely poignant impasse presented in chapter two, but was really glad I could grit my teeth and hang on in there. I extend my personal congratulations to Doctor Isabirye for his inimitable, highly forensic approach to what for many, may still be a nostalgic and emotionally charged vision of Middle-England's ever dwindling value system. However, one minor critique must be levied at Isabirye's sideways allusion to

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  Short Review Title , 05/28/2010
Reviewer: Mischief The Monkey
Succeeds Admirably.

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  Just Buy It , 05/28/2010
Reviewer: Roger Poos & Bingo Wilson
This book came out of nowhere to both me and my lover Bingo,(yes I do love you Bingo,from the heart,with all my soul and complete life force,X) The book addresses very deep & complex social issues.Dont read it if you are easily offended, or are unopen to new, none mainstream ideas on influence and latent cosmic energy..(love to the earth mother Audrey..) Reading it made me realise that I, Roger, love you Bingo,you are a special man...nothing or no-one should stand in the way of the love we have....Dr Stephens review of the forces inspiring Enids work has shown me that love is all that matters... In Bingo and I's quest for the lost paradigm once in a while a book comes along and transcends all that,with no bullshit or ulterior motive...this Bingo and I believe,is one of the few so so rare books. ps We would love to have this book signed by the great Doctor himself,and also to ask him to review our as yet unpublished thesis,'Total Harmonic Convergence'..An Appreciation of the Eath Mother Audrey... Love to to you all wherever you may be.... Roger&Bingo xx

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  A sterling effort , 05/30/2010
Reviewer: Timmy the Dog
As the book wasn't readily available where I live, I persuaded a Canadian friend to bring it for me. Dr Isabirye's book is a veritable tour de farce and I have no hesitation recommending it to anyone who would like to know more about the redoubtable writer of children's literature, Enid Blyton. It's no wonder that Blyton has been called the Florence Nightingale of children's fiction. However, I have a grouse. As others have pointed out, the second chapter is

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  Worth a read , 05/30/2010
Reviewer: Jaz Khan
An impressive if slightly quirky look at Enid Blyton's world and the way her world was shaped. I shall leave no turn unstoned in recommending this book.

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  A Very Good Read , 05/30/2010
Reviewer: Gary Preston
Dont know what book the chap above was reading,but this is an extremely well written analysis off Enid and her work. Slightly long introduction,but even so,very well thought out,researched and written in an educated yet friendly prose that instantly endears you to the author. An interesting slant on some of Enids works from a Biblical,yes Biblical perspective. I would be surprised if most people didnt enjoy this book,and yes I would recommend it to you.

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  Interesting book , 06/02/2010
Reviewer: Amicus Curiae
I only had a quick glance at the pages, but it look a scholarly treatise on the Famous Five Findouters, Worth reading.

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  Hi From Peter Gabriel..... , 06/02/2010
Reviewer: Peter Gabriel
Hi,Peter Gabriel here.... I found the imagery and biblical linkage to be as stunning as anything I cooked up for 'The Lamb'...Stephen you may want to consider setting this anecdotage to music.... Queen have done very well with 'We Will Rock You',so dont dismiss this sugesstion out of hand will you? email me at gabriel4@yahoo.co.uk as I have a few other ideas for your work that may be of interest to you. Best Wishes Peter Gabriel Bath England

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  On Behalf Of My Husband , 06/11/2010
Reviewer: Elizabeth Windsor (II)
My husband has asked me to write a short,but pithy review of Dr.Stephens epic...... It was ok,but were was the sex,violence & bad language Dr.Stephen?? You really cant expect to sell many books without those three basic ingredients,especially if you hope to sell the film rights to a raunchy film producer. It has been rumoured throughout my domain that there is to be another book on a similar yet strangely different theme,'The Five Find Outers & Dog,An Impersonal Sacrilege'.......Now that is a book Philip and I would pay to read........ My thoughts and prayers are with not just the writer but you,yes you reading or even re-reading this review right now. God Bless You and all who sail in you Liz.(II).. xxxxx

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  About Time Too , 06/16/2010
Reviewer: Mr Phukkerr
After all the sickly,childish books about Enid its about time we had a proper intellectual review of her work. I think the good doctor is on to something when he links Enids stories to both future events,and also historic happenings like the resurfacing of the wreck near Kirrin Island. The bible book of Daniel was so accurately written that skeptics concluded it had been written after the prophecies in it were fulfilled. Did people heed the repeated warnings by Noah of a massive flood...No,they didnt,Did the people of Sodom And Gommorah heed their warning..again no. History shows what happened to Jerusalem in 70ce....again warnings to flee before the Roman Army came to conquer them where ignored... Ignore this book and its message to mankind if you dare......but remember you reap what you sow.....and what goes around comes around. As Carly Simon so aptly prophecied 'Its Comin' around again'........you have been warned... Best Wishes U.Phukkerr.

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  A Lusty One Sided Romp , 06/16/2010
Reviewer: Dr Crippen
Its a decent enough effort Though somewhat verbose in certain sections. Some of the research is indeed impressive. A book with a very very long intro Some glimmers of a concise mind shine through. Tough going when the bible is brought into play. Inside knowledge of Enid and her inner circle may shock some. Not for children below the age of say 6. Keeps the momentum flowing with flowery prose. Enough new info for even the die hard Enid-ite. Real life events linked to fictional stories in all seriousness. Over and out......for now...... Dr Crippen

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  Utter bollocks... , 06/17/2010
Reviewer: ferret tickler
Soembody's having a right laugh ere. These reviews are far more interesting than this book will ever be.

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  Better Than Average , 06/18/2010
Reviewer: Reginald Bosanquet
Simply does not deserve the bad press and negativity. A decent book written by a decent man. It deserves to be read whether or not you are a follower of Mrs Enid Blyton.

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  Hello me Hearties! , 06/18/2010
Reviewer: Captain Pugwash
When the machinery stopped Edgar could feel tesion seep through his slender torso or was is Thurso? There there so,dont take on so.'Evening all,may I be of some assistance? yes maybe in your own mind,but sadly not in our dimension....you mean our backyard......Ho,you will never get your ball back....it will be cut up into little pieces.....little faeces? no thank you ive just eaten....I could eat a horse! ..why dont you,you married one..... Oh sorry yes back to the book......well when youre on drugs as strong as me it still makes me shiver yes alexander o'neil or are you Luther Vandross....never seen them both in the same womb.... would ther be room...you tell me youre the doctor....got the credential to prove it too. Born Free as free as the grass grows and I smokes . Love to Captain Birds Eye,but not Captain Amorica. The machinery has just started again....I said the machinations have dust farted against. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Dont worry this will never get printed

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  Extract , 06/18/2010
Reviewer: Fractal Reasoning
Abstract: For the past 6 months, Enid Blyton has been described as the most detested publishing phenomenon of our time, the “John craven of Children’s Literature” while The Famous Five have often been described as “The Sex Pistols of Children’s Literature” whereas The Secret Seven are deemed to have been “Children Dot Cotton never had.” Nonetheless, this is the first book that looks at Enid Blyton’s works from a homespun kiddie type view, rather than a Suburban, especially Celtic perspective. It examines Enid Blyton’s changing viewpoints during her kick boxing career toward self defense; issuessuch as love , sex, sex, and the even more sex through the backside of one of her most ill mannered group, The Punk Rock Killers Jagged Ju,Dicks Dik,Georges Dike,and Anne the man

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  What is it? , 06/19/2010
Reviewer: Chris P Bacon
A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other various material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is called a leaf, and each side of a leaf is called a page. A book produced in electronic format is known as an electronic book (e-book). Books may also refer to works of literature, or a main division of such a work. In library and information science, a book is called a monograph, to distinguish it from serial periodicals such as magazines, journals or newspapers. The body of all written works including books is literature. In novels and sometimes other types of books (e.g biographies), a book may be divided into several large sections, also called books (Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, etc). A lover of books is usually referred to as a bibliophile, a bibliophilist, or a philobiblist, or, more informally, a bookworm. A store where books are bought and sold is a bookstore or bookshop. Books can also be borrowed from libraries.

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  ! , 06/20/2010
Reviewer: dorothy parker
This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be flung with great force.

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  It kept me sane , 06/22/2010
Reviewer: Nicolas Anelka
As most of you will now know,I had to leave the World Cup and return home. My sojourn was long,lonely and extremely emotional. At times I thought I was going to lose my mind.You see I have trained and trained and prepared for this moment for so long. But now my World Cup is over. Leaving for the plane journey home,I took a little time to wander around some of the more humble parts of the city. What I saw brought it all home to me.Why should I,an extremely well paid man be in such despair when all around me were real people,men women and young children whose whole lives held nothing but poverty and despair. One Father inparticular held my gaze.His son had obvious trouble with his eyes and yet he was such a beautiful,playfull cheerful little fellow in spite of it all. His Father didnt beg,just held my gaze,but his gaze said a thousand thing to me. This man still had his dignity. Silently I pressed all I had into his hands,he just nodded again not speaking,but we had made contact on a totally different level,as equal human beings. As I made my way back to the plane,his young son ran after me,shouting something I could not understand. He had a rather large book,and thrust it upon me,jabbering and pointing back to his Father and then the large book. I hugged the little boy,kissed him tenderly on the forehead and made my way to the airport. And the book,? A very battered and dirty copy of the Famous Five A Personal Anecdotage,covered in filth and dirt and dust. But the gesture,the thought that had gone into it from the family I had just met. It was obviously their most treasured possesion.God only knows how they had got hold of it.Maybe from another international traveller.Why he gave it to them I will never know. I read that book on the plane home.Not something I would ever read,and yet it has rekindled my faith back in God,humanity and what really matters in this life.Not money or fame or possesions or stardom and adulation,but people and genuine human kindness,true altruistic love that desires nothing in return,but gets its reward from the simple pleasure of giving. Yes.I have learned a lot from this World Cup,although I barely played and returned home under a cloud of emotion and media hype. Yours Nicolas.

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  Me like , 06/23/2010
Reviewer: Moonpig
I like it.simple as that,simple as me.

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  C,td , 06/27/2010
Reviewer: Dave Lentcombe
Just back from a trip abroad.Really sorry my review was cut off. I will try again! Took a lot of effort and persistence to get hold of this book,(my cousin Bryan who lives in Hong Kong tracked it down for me!) Was it worth it....well yes and no....I didnt really know what to expect,but without giving too much away,if you are a true fan of Enid Blyton I really think you need to read this mans work......Without spoiling anything for you the whole idea of his worldwide promotion and publication of this mans anecdotage is simply as audacious and stunning as the 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd'! In the second chapter I feel impelled to warn you that it is very technical in its approach in analyzing Enid Blyton,and will in my humble opinion be very unlike any other book ever written about her that you have ever read.(or indeed will ever read) Whether you will simply find it a bit too hard going like me,or decide to soldier on only you yourself can say. What I do feel is of note as I initially refered to is the way the book has been promoted and plugged worldwide by the none other than the author himself. It will be of interest when I get back to my UK office proper this week to see what the very experienced people of the enid blyton society,and my personal favourites the folk at enid blyton.net make of it. Is it worth the money? If you love Enid and you simply must have everything written about her,ask for it as a birthday or xmas gift. Or,better still buy it between a few friends say and share it around to make sure its really your cup of tea. Ps Its a lot bigger in the flesh than the pictures floating about would suggest. Best Wishes and sorry my post was cut of. Mr.Dave Lentcombe pps I found some of the above comments most infantile and also very disrespectful to a man who has obviously worked very hard at producing this book.Its easy to snipe and joke and then hide under an anonymous name,not so easy when you are prepared to review someones work under your real name!

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  Slightly Offbeam , 06/30/2010
Reviewer: Brad Spit
This book is how you say a liitle offbeam offcentre cookie,and yet you know I love it for that.There is nothing else like it.

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  Dr Stephen a Personal Anecdotage , 06/30/2010
Reviewer: Teddy 'T Bone' Muir (jnr)
I could tell you that he’s a brilliant writer. You would already know that if you read his blog or, better yet, devoured his debut novel. That’s not the real reason so many bloggers and writers, people who’ve never met the man face-to-face, came out in the blog-o-sphere with every intention of making him feel spiffy. Hell, there are some damn fine writers out there and I’ll certainly buy their books... but there are only a few people who would get this big of a following of true friends who’ve never met them. I could think of more than of few examples that make Stephen a cut above the rest in the friendship department. Like the time one of our blog friends had a fire that completely destroyed his home, and it took Stephen all of a day to get up a blog to help him rebuild. That’s an extreme example. I think I’m safe in saying it’s not the only one... he’s a better friend to most of us than some of our real world friends could be. For the writers in our little circle, his insight and wit has been priceless. He lets us piddle away our time on his blog rather than the real work of writing, and then kicks our asses for slacking off. Let me tell you, it takes a special brand of brilliance to kick your ass and make you like it. For me, personally, Stephen’s been the best cheerleader (are ya picturing him in the short skirt with pom poms? Ya know you are). Somehow we missed each other back in the Miss Snark days, but I finally met him when I hosted a book club blog for a fellow snarkling’s debut. He was so dead on, insightful, and funny, I just had to follow him back to his own blog. And a cyber-friendship was born. From blog exchanges to emails, to pestering the hell out of him on his facebook wall, Stephen’s one of my true favorites. He’ll give you the real deal, with a bit of humor. And in the solitary world of writing, he’s been one of the bastions of community and understanding that keeps a lot of us trudging through it. He’s always good for a word of praise or silliness, and sometimes he’ll just pop me an email to check if I’m writing, if I’m holding my own with the whole life sucks and when is it my turn dammit thing, to pass on a word of praise or heads up for someone else in our little cyber world. I’ve got to say, it’s more than once that Stephen’s emailed out of the blue with a back-pat at just the right time. Because really, if someone as brilliant as Stephen thinks I can write, maybe he’s onto something. So, Stephen, my friend, enjoy your week of festivities. Bask in your much-deserved success. It’s been an honor to take this leg of the journey with you, and I can’t wait to see how far you’ll go. Yer gonna be famous.

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  Thank You for your reviews , 07/01/2010
Reviewer: Dr Stephen Isabirye
Thank you everyone who has taken the time to read and comment on my book. I never dreamed that it would have been of interest to so many people. The reviews you have written are very very very varied and yes I am happy to announce to you all that I do have a good sense of humour even though I try to write about serious things. I will try to take all your advice and admonition on board about my book and hope to announce a total re-write shortly,and also to make you aware of another project involving Enid Blyton,which I believe has yet to have been developed in detail from an international prospective. Thank You Stephen

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  A Lovely Book by a lovely man , 07/12/2010
Reviewer: Mrs M Clutterbuck
Dear Dr Stephen I really enjoyed your book. Sorry to hear you have not been very well. Wishing you a speedy and safe recovery . Lots of love and best wishes. Muriel Clutterbook

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  Well Done Stephen! , 08/13/2010
Reviewer: Pete9012S
I enjoyed your book Stephen! I cant even begin to think how long it took you to write it all,with the incredible detail you have included! You must have been mentally exhausted when you actually finished writing it! I enjoyed reading your book a lot-it really showed me personally how much our thought processes are shaped by our 'western' culture and how many of our attitudes and ideas about people and places are influenced by our peers and our upbringing,often without us being remotely aware that all these things are having any influence over us! If anyone really likes Enid Blyton and wants to consider her work from an international perspective outside that of England this book is a good place to start. Another point I would make about Stephens book is that when all the comparisons Stephen uses are read in their true perspective,context and setting within the book (Michael jackson,The Raised Shipwreck off kirrin Island,etc etc), they make a lot more sense than when they are quoted from and discussed in isolation on other web forums. Best wishes to you Stephen, I look forward to hearing about your next writing project. Regards Pete9012S ps I think this review section should make people posting reviews click a verify email address link to verify they are genuine reviewers of Stephens work to perhaps filter out some off the 'guff' reviews posted above...(genuine reviwers excluded off course!)

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  I DID IT!!! , 01/07/2012
Reviewer: Muriel Buttercluck
Finally, a year and a half after I began reading it, I've managed to finish Dr Stephen's tome. And what a ride it's been! My cat died of neglect, the mortgage on my home expired, they shot Osama, my poor old mother was run over by a charabanc while crossing Oxford Street, my husband ran off with the housemaid... but WOOHOO - I FINISHED THE BOOK!!!!!

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  Electronic Version Good Value , 04/23/2012
Reviewer: Mandy Smith
I have wanted to read this book for some time,but have not been able to afford the price for the soft back version. When the electronic version came along I decided to take the plunge and order it. I have,over the years bought every book available about Enid Blyton and will continue to do so to formulate my own opinion. You can't really judge a book by someone else's review,or even in some cases buy the authors own blurb. You really need to buy and read books for yourself to form your own opinion. This book is certainly unique.It will divide opinion.It will shake,rattle and startle some of your preconceived ideas about the international perception of Enid Blytons cosy world. Is that a bad thing? Well,although Stephen does not come across as a 'Blyton hater',he certainly does not take everything Enid wrote as gospel either. He is certainly not afraid to rip up the rule book and tear to shreds the conceived norm a biography should take. If you hail from the bible belt you may find lots of his scriptural analogies comforting and reassuring. If you do not take the bible as seriously,many of the references and similes may just confuse. That said it does deserve to be read by all fans of Enid Blyton as I seriously doubt whether there will ever be a book like this written ever again.(unless Dr Stephen is planning a follow up?) Mandy Smith Wisconsin

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  Anylising The Anecdotage , 08/11/2012
Reviewer: Dr Leonard McCoy
I analyse the anecdotage in my theseis 'Bones Analyses the Anecdotage' I examine the authors modesty,prudence,conviction and latent sanitary. This is done from an international perspicacity to avoid any rumours that my work is fair,unbiased or motivated by greed and profit. My book is published without any prior knowledge of the author,his subject or the feelings of my fellow readers,as it is obvious this is the the route the anecdotage has taken. So if you can't beat 'em why not join 'em! Leonard McCoy(Dr)

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