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Childhood Archaeology The Story of the Amulet is the third of Edith Nesbit s Psammead Trilogy about our children in Edwardian England who The Desert Kings Bejewelled Bride find a sandairy a cantankerous creature like a dilapidated monkey with bat ears and snail eyes with the power to grant wishes After the calamities that Insatiable/Hard Knocks follow some ill considered wishes in theirst volume Five Children and It they agree that it will only grant the wishes of others but will still advise the children on their other adventures So at the start of this book it tells them to buy an ancient amulet or sacred pendant spied in a London junkshop Unfortunately the charm is incomplete but the remaining half does have the power to transport the children to any place where it had been in the past so they may reunite the two halves I have a dilapidated and thus worthless irst edition of this bought or my 1-2-3 Clarity! father in 1906 the year of its publication He read it to me as a child Looking at it now makes me realize how much my imagination was shaped by our travels through its glowing arch to ancient Egypt Babylon Atlantis and Tyre And it gave me a tasteor similar stories My Adolf Loos father as I now see adopted its structure to make up bedtime tales of his own much as C S Lewis wasamously to do later with his Narnia adventures Unlike Lewis though Edith Nesbit has no religious overtones But as a leading Fabian she had strong socialist convictions which also appear in the book I can only guess as to its influence on my own beliefs todayFor some reason I never read the book to my own children Perhaps I was afraid that it might seem too dated and would appeal too little to their interests children no longer learned Latin and Greek in school and seemed to be less interested in ancient cultures But nowadays the datedness would be much of the attraction Nesbit s books are now a double Give Up the Ghost (Not Dead Yet feat of archaeology opening portals not only on the distant past but also on the lives of children in Edwardian London and the social conditions that they would have takenor granted As such it is certainly worth revisiting by adults I am even wondering whether I might try it on my grandchildren If I do I would absolutely want an edition like the present one which retains the original illustrations by H R Millar It is not that he brings the distant civilizations any to life than in Nesbit s words which weave a spell all on their own But he perfectly captures ualities that were so obvious to the author that she did not even need to describe them the 80天环游世界(外研社双语读库) four children Cyril Anthea Robert and Jane looking absurdly overdressed in their Norfolk jackets or pinafores their social attitudes as emissariesrom the empire where the sun never sets coming through clearly rom every sketchNot that Nesbit herself is a strong proponent of Empire she is no Kipling Rider Haggard or Henty Indeed as so often in the book she treats these matters with what seems to me a delicious touch of irony Here is Cyril talking about missionaries Well they always take the savages beads and brandy and stays and hats and braces and really useful things things the savages haven t got and never heard about And the savages love them or their kind generosity and give them pearls and shells and ivory and cassowaries The great thing is to get people to love you by being generous But in Cyril s mouth that last word is not ironic at all We may scoff at the generosity of bringing corsets and suspenders to native peoples but the way the The Re-Enlisted Groom four children treat one another and the world around them is politeness and generosity itself There is one lovely little episode where they take pity on a disheveled orphan girl they meet in the park and unite her with a bereaved mother in ancient Britain And their encounters with the poor learned gentleman who occupies the toploor of their temporary lodgings near the British Museum are a perfect mixture of courtesy and Bite friendship adopting him as a kind of honorary playmate This character incidentally is a tribute to the dedicatee of the book Dr Wallis Budge an Egyptologist at the Museum and Nesbit s primary consultantWhat Nesbit made of Budge s knowledge reads as something creative andresh even today She has a lovely way of talking to her child readers especially when airily glossing over the unlikely parts of her story and she can achieve real magic when she needs to The scene when the amulet Unhooking from Whiteness first comes alive andills the room with its glowing light thrilled me all over again even now But she also has the sense to realize that eight or nine Beauty the Beasts forays into the past would soon become repetitive no matter how different the historical scenery So she cleverly varies the pace The children take the Learned Gentleman with them on their trip to Atlantis he believes he is dreaming They drop off the little orphan girl on their way to visit Julius Caesar When they makeriends with the ueen of Babylon she expresses a wish to see their country and soon she is walking around London making wishes which the Psammead has to grant despite the conseuences There is even a seuence when they journey into the Heroes of the Reich future a sort of William Morris Utopia of garden cities and perfectly behaved children oddly prophetic of the theories of modern urban planning if not the less salubrious results Unfortunately Nesbit uses these modern sections to expound her social views and they do get a bit preachy And when the children make a second visit to Egypt theyind themselves in the middle of a workers riot that might almost be Petrograd in 1917 But that visit also introduces them to another time traveler Rekh Mara the priest of Amen Ra who returns to link several of the later episodes The climax in which the two halves of the amulet are rejoined and the Learned Gentleman becomes one with the Egyptian priest is moving in its simplicity bringing tears to my eyes Not good The kids and I really enjoyed Nesbit s One Sexy Daddy first two books with these characters They were essentially a series of corrupted wish stories moral tales but with a bit of cheeky subversiveness and plenty of satirical commentaryor us grown ups This third book revisits the Psammead who the children Star Light, Star Bright (Sedikhan, findor sale in a pet store but he no longer grants them wishes he does however Sacrifício (Alera, feel the obligation to grant wishes to anyone within earshot who might give voice to a wish and this does lend some amusement Instead the central object of the story a half amulet discovered by the children becomes a sort of time travel device sending the children across the world and history as they searchor the other halfWhile this should make Royal Crush (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, for as many amusing adventures as theirst two books instead the book The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty feels weighed down by its premise than buoyed up It also seemed that Nesbit never could uite nail down the mechanics of the amulet For example once the other half isound it turns out to be the same half which somehow creates a whole but then there s a third half yeah you read that right somewhere along the way too There is still some Wildcat (Mavericks Tackle Love, fun to be hador example when the children bring a Babylonian ueen back to London and much chaos ensues In Amanhã na Batalha Pensa em Mim fact I would not be surprised to learn that this portion inspired a smiliar seuence in CS Lewis s The Magician s Nephew given that Lewis references Nesbit s Bastable children in the veryirst lines of that book The upstairs neighbor who gets dragged along on several travels might even be where Lewis ultimately got the inspiration A Dance of Sisters for Uncle Andrew Except Jimmy is pleasant and kindOther elements suggest a bit sophistication in regard to the depiction of time travel than one might expectrom a century old book A chapter where the children decide to explore a Judge (Breeding, futuristic London is particularlyascinating as it gives us a glimpse of how Nesbit saw what the Boating for Beginners future might hold Those portions aside this book is still not nearly as good as the two which preceded it Much of the humor charm and satire of theirst two books which played out in the interactions between the children and the Psammead or Phoenix is missing here and the resolution is the sort of Chinese Whispers freaky weird mysticism that was popular in Nesbit s day Unless you re set on reading all three books this one can be skipped without really missing out Have you ever heard the uestion Do you have the other half of this amulet I had and it bugged me as it was always as a tongue in cheek reference to something else but I never knew what I searchedor the phrase and turned up this delightful 1905 children s book by Edith Nesbit who happens to be a co Wheres Mummy Mouse? founder of the selfsame Evil Organization the Fabian society plaguing Mr Schuyler in his autobiograp. At the end of Five Children and It theive children promised not to ask the Psammead Get Over Your Damn Self for another wish as long as they lived but expressed a half wish to see it again some time Theyind 'it' again in a pet shop in Camden Town and their magic.
Surprised me with a couple poignant moments that had me sniffing a little I chose to read it now largely in preparation or a modern day addition to this series which I hope to read soon Five Children on the Western Front by present day author Kate Saunders which takes the children to adulthood and WWI Of course such a book has the potential to be disastrously bad but I m still uite curious to see what Saunders has done with Suirrel Panther the Lamb and the others E Nesbit wrote a ton of great children s books that are sadly neglected though Puffin Classics appears to be reprinting them I generally don t ind them in large bookstores but have had several lucky Mr. Funny finds in local resale bookstores And of course there s always Project Gutenberg The Story of the Amulet is about Cyril Anthea Robert and Jane the sameour children who are Heres to the Ladies featured in Five Children and It theifth child was their baby brother and The Phoenix and the Carpet In this book their old Saying Yes to the Millionaire friend the Psammead the It of theirst book mentioned turns up in a pet shop in London The kids rescue it and it points them toward an Amulet The Majors Guarded Heart / The Highlanders Dangerous Temptation / Paying the Vikings Price for sale in a nearby curiosity shop The Amulet is inact a magic amulet Sons of the Devil, Vol. 2 from ancient times and it has the power to give the children their heart s desireAlas what London 23rd November 1905Dear Virginia The Story of the Amulet is at lastinished and I delivered it to the publishers yesterday I must admit that I am not entirely satisfied and maybe I should not have spent uite so much time discussing it with my dear Merry Christmas, Daddy friends at the Fabian Society Atirst I was Roped in flattered by the keen interest they took but after a while I almost began toeel that I was writing their book rather than mine Mr Wells I am sorry to say was the most egregious offender I unwisely revealed to him at an early stage that Time Travel would eature largely in the plot this topic as you doubtlessly know is close to his heart and he gave me altogether advice than I knew what to do with I hold him in the very highest regard but I have my own ideas on the subject in particular on the curious parad This was one of my avorite books when I was growing up I decided to re read it as part of my research Secrets of the Tycoons Bride (The Garrisons, for the memoir I am writing I have a tattered copy of the 1965 Puffin paperback edition which cameree with any purchase at a used bookstore The pages are yellowed but they are all there as well as the perfect illustrations by H R MillerThe Story of the Amulet is a seuel to The Five Children and It which I also read long ago But the Amulet always stands out in my memory because I discovered it on the shelves of our local library in Princeton NJ where our mom took us every two weeks Upon reading it I had my mind blown Samanthas Gift for perhaps theirst time in my life I wanted to see if I could Friscos Kid (Tall, Dark Dangerous figure out why and I didThere areour English children in this story who Courting Miss Adelaide (Noblesville, Indiana, find themselves spending their summer holidays in a dreary old house on Fitzroy Street London near the British Museum in the care of their old Nurse Father has gone to Manchuria to report on the war and Mother plus The Lamb the new baby in theamily is in Madeira recovering rom an illness When I irst read this book probably at the age of nine I had no idea about any of these places But the writing is like a spell that just pulled me in to these children s lives their relationships with each other and of course their adventures I am sure I had already read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe at least once so I was in a sense primed but Nesbit is a magician whereas C S Lewis only wished he wasBecause what entranced me back then and again now was the magic It is magic the way children do magic A Colton Target fully ensconced in their imaginations Inact most grownups are at least annoyed by such a degree of imagination and some are truly alarmed I recall being told as a child that something I said was all in my imagination and thinking Where else would it be Children know Love Isnt Enough full well what is imagination and what is reality plus are able to movereely between the two Such is the case with Anthea Cyril Robert and Jane though Jane being the youngest is the most easily Prodigal Prince Charming frightened and sometimes protests when the magic gets to be too much Yes That is just the way it was in my lifeSo there is an amulet but the children only have half of it The Psammead a sandairy who helplessly grants wishes and was the It of Five Children and It reappears and though the children had promised the Psammead at the end of the previous summer not to ask Task Force Bride for another wish as long as they lived he does inform them that should theyind the other half of the amulet they can realize their hearts desireAfter learning to use the amulet s magic they are off to ancient Egypt Babylon Atlantis etc All these places are dangerous in the extreme but A Soldiers Family (Wings of Refuge, full of wondrous delights as well Again as a child I knew virtually nothing about these places yet they were so real to me back then as I read I grew up to love books about Atlantis and Egypt and with a hunger to know the history of such ancient times That is truly magic on many levelsSince I began working at Once Upon A Time Bookstore which serves a whole community of children young mothers teachers and grandparents I have rediscovered children s literature and much of it is still great reading but Nesbit is the inventor of the children s adventure story She influenced C S Lewis P L Travers Mary Poppins Diana Wynne Jones and J K Rowling but being the originator she is still the best In this third volume of the seriesollowing Five Children and It and The Phoenix and the Carpet Nesbit Desejo Indomado (To Tame A Playboy, finally succumbs to the temptation to get socialist and preachy There is a revolt of the workers in Ancient Egypt where the rabble rouser addressed the rabble with Comrades a visit to a socialist utopian London of theuture where Boris Johnson is mayor Wells as in H G is considered a good boy s name and some pithy observations Dangerously Attractive (Harlequin Intrigue from the ueen of Babylon when she magically trips through space and time to visit London And nowrom the window of a Mistress four wheeled cab the ueen of Babylon beheld the wonders of London Buckingham Palace she thought uninteresting Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament little better But she liked the Tower and the River and the shipsilled her with wonder and delight But how badly you keep your slaves How wretched and poor and neglected they seem she said as the cab rattled along the Mile End Road They aren t slaves they re working people said Jane Of course they re working That s what slaves are Don t you tell me Do you suppose I don t know a slave s Cinderella Story Part 2 (36 Hours) face when I see it Why don t their masters see that they re bettered and better clothed Tell me in three words No one answered The wage system of modern England is a little difficult to explain in three words even if you understand it which the children didn tBut I don t mind it when people wear their hearts on their sleeves And my storm the Winter Palace side that s the pretty one is in agreement with the oB here anyhowC S Lewis obviously mined his childhood memories of this book extensively with the King of Babylon may He live A Ranchers Redemption forever being a dead ringeror a Calormene and the ueen of Babylon s visit to modern London being er luckily unnoticed by any copyright lawyers by Jadis time Definitely my least A Doctor, a Nurse, a Christmas Baby favorite of the three theirst books being Five Children and It and The Phoenix and the Carpet By the internal chronology the kids are maybe a year and a half older than when the trilogy started but they haven t matured even a little bit and Jane the youngest seems to have regressed Or maybe she really is eight and Nesbit A Mother in the Making finallyigured out how eight year olds talk and act Hint They re just learning to be rational Her Her Kind Of Cowboy fear of going into strange and potentially dangerous societies seems extreme not because she exaggerates the dangers but because she s handled other crisesar calmly What I like about this book is the subplot with the learned gentleman Jimmy whose association with the children saves him His Pregnant Christmas Princess from his isolation and reminds him of what it was like to be a child Unlike the other adults in the series Jimmy has no problem playing their games and envies their imagination rather than telling them to grow up even though his belief that it s all a strange dream nearly gets everyone killed when he insists on staying to see the drowning of Atlantis If I were making a movie of this book I d beef up his role to provide of a connection between the actual time travel the Amulet allows and the belief in the miraculous that is the heritage of any human being who chooses to take it. Ient customs with her which is awkward They visit the lost continent of Atlantis They see Julius Caesar in thelesh but none of these adventures run smoothly and if they orget the 'word of power' or lose the amulet what would happen to them.
Hy Black and ConservativeNonetheless this is a charming story of our children who have many adventures in history via their recalcitrant sand airy and a magical amulet that takes them to Egypt Babylon Tyre and Atlantis in their heydays One thing the writers of the era seem to do very well none better than Frances Hodgson Burnett is create a sense of wonder in their books They do this despite or maybe due to a great many cute asides and commentary on the characters This would certainly be a good book to read to the kids with some caveatsHaving not too long ago read The Secret Glory and some of Blavatsky Helena Petrovna s work on Atlantis I was up on theosophy which is referenced here mostly tongue in cheek in ways that will go over modern adults heads much less children s The ending too is very theosophical as is really the whole ramework of the story which holds that time is just a mode of thoughtA less obscure reference concerns the children venturing Private Arrangements (Forged of Steele, forward into theuture to You Are Not A Gadget find the other half of their amulet wherein theyind a utopic London and a young boy lamenting being suspended Sanctuary from schoolor day Forever Faithful (Forever Faithful, for littering The boy s name is Wells after the Wellsrom the dark ages who imagined the utopia they live in I m curious to read of Wells socialist stuff now because what was depicted here bore no resemblance to any Friendfluence form of socialism that I am aware ofI did enjoy theact that this One Part Woman future world replaced noisy nasty smelling horses with clean uiet automobiles Take a moment to consider that won t you Gasoline and cars have been such a boon to a clean diseaseree environment and we do nothing these days but criticize them Well Stranger for someone who had to live in a cityull of horsesht they were a boonAnyway the story is well constructed the characters strong though not detailed particularly and the writing is Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis fun If you could be granted your heart s desire what would you wishor A magical amulet takes the children rom Victorian London to ancient civilizations ar distant in time My The English Spy (Gabriel Allon, favorite Atlantis How the Psammead came to London a story with a bite All right said the Psammead in offended tones I m sure I don t want to tell you a long tale A man caught me and I bit him And he put me in a bag with a dead hare and a dead rabbit And he took me to his house and put me out of the bag into a basket with holes that I could see through And I bit him again And then he brought me to this city which I am told is called the Modern Babylon though it s not a bit like the old Babylon and he sold me to the man you bought merom and then I bit them both Now what s your news There s not uite so much biting in our story said Cyril regretfully in To See Paris and Die fact there isn t any The magic beginsPlease we want to know where the other half of the charm is The part of the Amulet which is lost said the beautiful voice was broken and ground into the dust of the shrine that held it It and the pin that joined the two halves are themselves dust and the dust is scattered over many lands and sunk in many seas Oh I say murmured Robert and a blank silenceell Then it s all up said Cyril at last it s no use our looking Out of China for a thing that s smashed into dust and the dust scattered all over the place If you wouldind it said the voice You must seek it where it still is perfect as ever The Mary Tudor first adventure in time and spaceHere was a horrible position Four English children whose proper date was AD 1905 and whose proper address was London set down in Egypt in the year 6000 BC with no means whatever of getting back into their own time and place The learned gentleman I ll go to Babylon if you like said Jane abruptly and the others hastened to say Done before she should have time to change her mind Ah said the learned gentleman smiling rather sadly one can go soar in dreams when one is young He sighed again and then adding with a labored briskness I hope you ll have a a jolly game he went into his room and shut the door Escaping As Aventuras de Hornblower (Saga Hornblower from a Babylonian dungeon UR HEKAU SETCHEH she cried in aervent voice Oh Nisroch servant of the Great Ones come and help us There was a waiting silence Then a cold blue light awoke in the corner where the straw was and in the light they saw coming towards them a strange and terrible The Accidental Tourist figure I won t try to describe it because the drawing shows it exactly as it was and exactly as the old Babylonians carved it on their stones so that you can see it in our own British Museum at this day I will just say that it had eagle s wings and an eagle s head and the body of a manIt came towards them strong and unspeakably horrible The Fall of AtlantisThey could not bear to look downor the wave had broken on the Barcelona face of the town sweeping over the uays and docks overwhelming the great storehouses andactories tearing gigantic stones Christmas Catastrophe fromorts and bridges and using them as battering rams against the temples Great ships were swept over the roofs of the houses and dashed down halfway up the hill among ruined gardens and broken buildings The water ground brown Collected Poems fishing boats to powder on the golden roofs of Palaces Then the wave swept back towards the seaThe hills around were black with peopleleeing rom the villages to the mountains And even as they led thin smoke broke A Song for Issy Bradley from the great white peak and then aaint The First Family flash oflame Then the volcano began to throw up its mysterious A Sudden, Fearful Death (William Monk, fiery inside parts The earth trembled ashes and sulphur showered down a rain ofine pumice stone The 7th Month (Detective D.D. Warren, fell like snow on all the dry land The elephantsrom the orest rushed up towards the peaks great lizards thirty yards long broke rom the mountain pools and rushed down towards the sea The snows melted and rushed down Probability Statistics, Books a la Carte Edition first in avalanches then in roaring torrents Great rocks cast up by the volcanoell splashing in the sea miles awayOh this is horrible cried Anthea Come home come home The end of the dream gasped the learned gentleman Drama with VictorianEdwardian accentsThere was an awful silence Then Pharaoh spoke Take the sacred house of the beast The Laughing Hangman (Nicholas Bracewell, from them he said and imprison all Tonight after supper it may be our pleasure to see magic Guard them well and do not torture them yet Oh dear sobbed Jane as they were led away I knew exactly what it would be Oh I wish you hadn t Shut up silly said Cyril You know you WOULD come to Egypt It was your own idea entirely Shut up It ll be all right I thought we should play ball with ueens sobbed Jane and have no end of larks And now everything s going to be perfectly horrid How coinage was introduced to ancient Egypt And here s twopenceor yourself The soldier looked at the twopence What s this he saidRobert explained how much simpler it was to pay money Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (Jeeves, for things than to exchange them as the people were doing in the market Later on the soldier gave the coins to his captain who later still showed them to Pharaoh who of course kept them and was much struck with the idea That was really how coinsirst came to be used in Egypt You will not believe this I daresay but really if you believe the rest of the story I don t see why you shouldn t believe this as well Traveling into the On the Plains far past Where are we whispered Anthea And when whispered Robert This is some shrine near the beginnings of belief said the Egyptian shivering Take the Amulet and come away It is cold here in the morning of the world Follow theour Victorian children as they explore the ancient past while seeking their heart s delightEnjoy I read some E Nesbit as a child and Sock-Yarn Shawls felt that she was an author I should like but somehow never really warmed to her The writing style was a bit too stilted evenor my tastes which were decidedly old ashioned than those of my peers I appreciate her now much now that I ve learned of her place in the larger context of children s literature and realize how radical and inventive she was or her time Also the subtle deadpan humor in the interactions between the children is something I ve come to appreciate in my recent rereadings Anyway as Drayken Reborn (Dragon Hero, far as this particular book is concerned I know we had a copy of this Puffin edition in our household when I was a child I remember that blue striped dress vividly and I mairly sure that I at least made an attempt at reading it The episode when the ancient ueen arrives in modern London seemed so The Cursed Dragon Armor (Dragon Hero, familiar I have some doubts though maybe I know that scene because the ueen s comment about the slaves being treated badly gets uoted so often or maybe I m remembering a very similar scene in The Magician s Nephew I do know that whether I attempted The Amulet or not I didn tinish it so the ending of this book was uite new to me and. Adventures start over again 'It' leads them to a magic amulet half of it actually which they use it to try and ind the other half It takes them back to ancient Egypt and Babylon The ueen of Babylon visits them in London bringing all her anc.
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Edith Nesbit married name Edith Bland; 15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924 was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E NesbitShe wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children several of which have been adapted for film and television She was also a political activist and co founded the Fabian Society a socialist organisation later connec