Clarence Bergson had the audacity to attack an innocent dog (owner, one William Brown), inform on William's band of Outlaws and worst of all befriend Miss Holding (the girl of William's dreams). That called for retribution and justice....
|Title||:||William the Good|
|Format Type||:||Mass Market Paperback|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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William the Good Reviews
Fortunately there are some fairly fresh ideas in this one, including some good use of other Outlaw siblings in addition to Ethel and Robert.
Was given this book as a child, this character is hard to hate.,
He did not at first see Ginger’s brother Hector who had come round to the side of the house looking pale and distraught.‘This is terrible news,’ began Hector.William was touched. Somehow he hadn’t expected this kindness, this understanding, from Hector.‘Yes, isn’t it,’ he acquiesced despondently, ‘terrible.’‘She seemed all right yesterday,’ continued Hector.‘She was,’ affirmed William, ‘she was quite all right yesterday. I think it was eatin’ those berries.’‘What berries?’ said the young man.‘Those berries Ginger gave her.’‘D – did Ginger give her some berries?’ stammered Hector aghast.‘Yes – all sorts of different coloured kinds of berries what he found about the garden. And she ate them all.’The horror of the young man is indescribable. That his young brother – his young brother should be the cause of it. . . .‘B-but,’ he stammered, ‘I – I heard in the village it was measles.’‘No,’ said William, ‘it’s worse than measles. She’s dead. She died in the night.’‘What?’ screamed the young man.‘She’s dead,’ said William, somewhat flattered if a little surprised by the deep emotion shown by the visitor. ‘When Ginger ’n’ me came to clean out her cage this mornin’ we found her dead.'‘Clean out her c—! What the dickens are you talking about?’‘Our mouse,’ said William simply; ‘weren’t you?’The visitor obviously controlled himself with an effort.‘No,’ he said with venomous coldness, ‘I was talking about your sister Ethel.’‘Oh, Ethel,’ said William carelessly. ‘Oh no, it’s not measles. It’s somethin’ else. I’ve forgotten its name.’Again anxiety clouded the young man’s brow.
I am a fan of the William books and really enjoy the audio versions where the narrator captures the voices and tones of the characters. This volume continues the excellent tradition of audio work produced by the BBC. Martin Jarvis is a superior narrator and I had a lot of fun listening to the CD. What struck me most about the book was how much life has changed for children. William and his friends, who are all preteens go off by themselves for hours and their parents not only don't worry where they are but expect them to be independent and entertain themselves in the countryside. Also William for the most part has no malice about him, he has the best intentions and it just does not work out the way he intended, this in very different from the people today (children and adults). Take some time and read (or listen to) a throwback to how life was in more innocent, gentler times, you will be glad you did
Ohhh, WILLIAM. He reminds me of all my brothers put together in one boy... quite a handful, yeayeah.I love these books. I love how they were so popular during the WW2 - the copy I read was, in fact, a copy my Granddad received when he was about 11, during 1941, as a prize for divinity at his school. Do schools still give out books as prizes? If they do, I want to go to school.This book is precious.
So far this book is cute and funny. It is interesting to read a book from a different area in the world as characters come otu realyl differently based on cultural differences. I have been enjoying eilliams exploits so far..and loved it untill the end a very funny book remindin