Benny's Had Enough!
Astrid Lindgren is one of the most beloved children's book authors of the twentieth century. Her most famous creation, Pippi Longstocking, has been embraced by many generations of children around the world. This important book offers the first complete study of Lindgren's work.
Born in 1907, Lindgren grew up in a small town in the Swedish countryside but left home for Stockholm at eighteen. She made her debut as an author relatively late, at age thirty-seven. Pippi Longstocking (1945) followed a year later. In addition to her amazing productivity -- she has written more than thirty-five books -- Lindgren worked as the editor in chief of Sweden's largest children's book publisher, her own, until 1970.
Lindgren, argues Vivi Edstrom in this perceptive study, is a writer of contradiction, moving between the local and the universal. The grand emotions that carry her stories have their particular right of abode in the children's world, where life is "both terrible and wonderful". As she herself has so simply phrased it, Lindgren's stories tell us "something about the conditions of living and how tricky it can be to be a human being".
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Benny's Had Enough!User Review - la - Book Verdict
PreS-When Benny's orderly mother tries to clean both him and his belongings, the piglet decides he has had enough, and he runs away with his rag doll, Little Piggy, determined to find a better home ... Read full review
Review: Benny's Had Enough! (Benny)User Review - Jay Bushara - Goodreads
Weirdness here. As always, beneath their forbearing, enlightened exteriors, these Swedes are apparently up to something, though it isn't always clear what, or when it will come bubbling into the open ... Read full review