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June 30th, 2001
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It occurs to me that there are lots of classic books for children that I have never read. For instance, I haven't read a single word of Roald Dahl, or Edith Nesbit, and I have read only some of the works of Ende, Kaestner and Lindgren. So those are some more books queued up in my room. So many books, so little time!

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From:avva
Date:June 30th, 2001 08:59 am (UTC)

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Oh. I thought I was the only one who hasn't read any Dahl.

And I don't even know who Nesbitt is.
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From:gaal
Date:June 30th, 2001 10:18 am (UTC)
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If this helps any, I can help preserve your new position as among-the-only-people-who-have-not-read-Dahl, and join you in not having heard of Nesbitt.
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From:cmm
Date:June 30th, 2001 10:34 am (UTC)
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all of the above, plus never ever heard of Ende and Kaestner.

who are they?
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From:gaal
Date:June 30th, 2001 10:40 am (UTC)
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Michael Ende wrote The Neverending Story, Mirror in the Mirror, Momo, and Night of Wishes. His father was a surrealist painter and influenced his prose (especially in Mirror).

I'll let someone else write about Kaestner.
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From:avva
Date:June 30th, 2001 01:23 pm (UTC)
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I don't know how Kaestner is, either.

I read The Neverending story in English and liked it, but not as much as people who recommended it to me did. I know there's a Russian translation, too, but I've never seen it (the original is in German). This is for Michael's benefit ;)
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From:ijon
Date:July 1st, 2001 01:38 am (UTC)

Kaestner and Nesbit

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Erich Kaestner is a German author who wrote enduring classics such as "May 35th", "The Animal Conference", "Emil and the Detectives", "The Flying Classroom", "The Parent Trap" (known in Hebrew as "Double Ora"), and many others. Most of these English names are guesses of mine, because Kaestner is lamentably unknown to English readers. He was widely translated into Hebrew, though. I highly recommend the abovementioned books, all of which I've read.

Edith Nesbit (the double T was my mistake), a Victorian writer and active socialist, wrote several children's books, such as "The Story of the Amulet", "The Railway Children", and "Five Children and It".
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