The Secret Mountain ~ Enid Blyton. Its illuminating!

 

The Secret Series

The Secret Island (#1)
The Secret of Spiggy Holes (#2)
The Secret Mountain (#3)
The Secret of Killimooin (#4)
The Secret Of Moon Castle (#5)

You may be wondering why the hell i am reviewing a children’s book!!
Well, its all the fault of Aangirfan
Who at the end of last year, wrote a cracking blog called Mary Gernat, Enid Blyton & Nabokov (link at bottom of page)
It reminded me of The Secret Mountain, which was one of my childhood favourites.
All of a sudden i was 10 again!!

Anyhoo,
I am not going to give a long rambling review, i shall just outline the basics in the hope that i don’t bore you to tears!!

It begins with Londoners, Captain and Mrs Arnold getting lost when their plane goes down somewhere in Africa and disappears. Their 4 kids, along with their friend, Baronian Prince Paul decide they will run away & go find their parents and the adventure begins…

(Paul, by pure chance, had conveniently just been given his own plane)

Of course Prince Paul cannot actually fly the plane himself and so we are introduced to Pilescu, Pauls Pilot & ‘man’, (cross between servant and a bodyguard.) Almost immediately we are introduced to Ranni, Pilescu’s friend.

 

They finally land in Africa where at first sight of Ranni, the natives fall to the ground in terror, but Ranni manages to elicit from them that they believe him to be “One of the strange folk from ‘the Secret Mountain'”!

It transpires that with his red hair and beard Ranni resembles a secret and strange tribe of people who have made their home in the centre of a mountain.

They are a hostile and reclusive race of people who keep secret the means of access to their home and thus a magical myth has grown up about them.

They look unlike the other African tribes being tall with green eyes, a creamy yellow skin and red hair and beards.

One of the villagers saw the lost plane come down and the next day comes to the adventurers’ camp to tell of what he saw.

Terrified by the noise of the aircraft he hides behind a tree and

observes two white people    

climb from the great white bird which the man had initially feared would eat him!

 

When he realises the ‘Secret Mountain’ folk are also watching, the man overcomes his fear to flee.

The man, who we are led to believe is sly and cruel, is accompanied by his mischevious  nephew, Mafumu who the children immediately take to.

After two days trek they sight the ‘Secret Mountain’, which has a flat table-top. so shaped a bit like this..

Or possibly this…

Image result for pyramid missing capstone

Or may be even this…

 

The continuing adventure is exciting and enthralling. The folk of the Secret Mountain are infact SUN WORSHIPERS

and Prince Paul is selected to be SACRIFICED to the sun.

The adventurers are re-united with Captain and Mrs Arnold and on learning of a forthcoming eclipse of the sun,

Captain Arnold threatens the mountain folk that he will “kill” the sun if they do not release them.

 

They escape miraculously without being sacrificed by the

Unique looking, Robe wearing, Sun Worshiping Tribe/Family/Race/Cult!

 

 

 

Book illustrations


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The YouTube Vids…

Well that’s 3/4s of an hour I’ll never get back!!

I persevered & got about halfway through the 2nd before i decided to cut my losses!!!

They are total crud!
NOTHING like the book.
Do yersel a favour & DON’T WATCH them. You will regret it!!

 

Wee bit about author Enid Blyton

Born August 11th 1987 in East Dulwich, South London. Died November 28, 1968

Website http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk

Genre Children’s, Mystery, Fantasy

Influences Anna Sewell, George MacDonald, Lewis Carroll, Charles Kingsley, Louisa …more

(See also her pen name Mary Pollock)

Born in 1897 in South London, Enid Mary Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher’s School, Beckenham, and – having decided not to pursue her music – at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 1924 marriage to editor Hugh Pollock, with whom she had two daughters. This marriage ended in divorce, and Blyton remarried in 1943, to surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters. She died in 1968, one year after her second husband.

Enid Blyton was a prolific author of children’s books, who penned an estimated 800 books over about 40 years. Her stories were often either children’s adventure and mystery stories, or fantasies involving magic. Notable series include: The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers, Noddy, The Wishing Chair, Mallory Towers, and St. Clare’s.

According to the Index Translationum, Blyton was the fifth most popular author in the world in 2007, coming after Lenin but ahead of Shakespeare.

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Read in full at the wonderful Aangerfan link below

MARY GERNAT; ENID BLYTON; NABOKOV


The Gernat children

The children on the covers of some of the Enid Blyton books are the children of her illustrator, Mary Gernat.

dailymail / Children who inspired Enid Blyton’s Famous Five book covers

 

 

 

 

 

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