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The Water-Babies

The Water-Babies

by Charles Kingsley

Narrated by Cori Samuel

Unabridged — 7 hours, 1 minutes

Charles Kingsley
The Water-Babies

The Water-Babies

by Charles Kingsley

Narrated by Cori Samuel

Unabridged — 7 hours, 1 minutes

Charles Kingsley

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Overview

Tom, a poor orphan, is employed by the villainous chimney-sweep, Grimes, to climb up inside flues to clear away the soot. While engaged in this dreadful task, he loses his way and emerges in the bedroom of Ellie, the young daughter of the house who mistakes him for a thief. He runs away, and, hot and bothered, he slips into a cooling stream, falls fast asleep, and becomes a water baby. In this new life, he meets all sorts of aquatic creatures, including an engaging old lobster, other water babies, and at last reaches St Branden's Isle where he encounters the fierce Mrs Bedonbyasyoudid and the motherly Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby. After a long and arduous quest to the Other-end-of-Nowhere young Tom achieves his heart's desire.


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"Readers who prize books for their aesthetic qualities as well as for their content will find this new edition irresistable! ... [It] is...very fertile ground for insights into the mind of the ubiquitous Kingsley." —Sara H. Sohmer of Texas Christian University (ret.), Anglican & Episcopal History


"The vividness with which Kingsley imagines the world of the water babies he describes makes it as real as it can ever be, and spiritedly calls into question why people find it so necessary to strictly separate the fictional from the real, the child from the adult, and the land from the water. As the narrator reminds us, with an ironic chuckle, as the story winds down: 'remember alwaysEL that this is all a fairy tale, and only fun and pretense; and, therefore, you are not to believe a word of it, even if it is true.'" —The Arts Fuse

Brendan A. Rapple Boston College

"This is a long overdue, thoroughly detailed, and informative edition of Kingsley's classic Victorian children's tale. Though The Water-Babies has had great popular success since first publication, especially in the UK, it has frequently been read in abbreviated versions with many of Kingsley's often lengthy asides on politics, religion, education, and other pressing topics of the day omitted. This Broadview edition, following closely the first book text of 1863, includes all of Kingsley's fascinating diversions. The work is greatly enhanced by Professor Kelly's many scholarly appendices and numerous instructive annotations on the text. The result is an excellent edition that renders this intriguing classic much more amenable to the modern reader."

Naomi Wood Kansas State University

"A new and unabridged edition of The Water-Babies is an unlooked-for pleasure. Everyone who has an interest in the exuberant, eclectic, ecological, and erotic aspects of Victorian literature should know this book. When combined with the definitive illustrations by Linley Sambourne and a wealth of explanatory notes, appendices, and other critical tools, this edition becomes indispensable. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Richard Kelly and to Broadview Press for editing and re-issuing this delightful and important work of Victorian children's literature."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940176127980
Publisher: Erika
Publication date: 11/28/2021
Edition description: Unabridged

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