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Noddy Goes to Toyland – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition?

A while back I picked up a 2007 “classic treasury” of Noddy in a charity shop. It contains the first five books (which I already have) but at £3 it seemed a bargain for such a big chunky book. I’m … Continue reading

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First Term at Malory Towers – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition?

I thought my series on Five on a Treasure Island was quite a success, at least it generated a fair few comments and a bit of discussion so I was keen to do another comparison of original and modern editions. … Continue reading

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Five on a Treasure Island – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 8

So at long last I have finished reading and comparing the two copies of the book! The last two chapters were actually quite light on alterations so it means I have time and words for a summary of sorts. First, … Continue reading

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Five on a Treasure Island – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 7

The book is getting to some of its most exiting scenes now, so I wonder what effect that will have had on the editor’s pen? [I’ll admit to one of my grammar problems now, I really struggle with affect and … Continue reading

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Five on a Treasure Island – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 6

So as promised here is the next two chapters of Five on a Treasure Island, compared to note any textual changes between them. (In case you’re just joining us, I’m comparing a 1965 17th impression to a 1997 paperback.) Earlier … Continue reading

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Five on a Treasure Island – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 5

I’m sure by now these posts don’t need any real introduction. This one looks at chapters nine and ten, and continues to suggest that more action equals more editing! Earlier posts can be found here, here, here and here. CHAPTER … Continue reading

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Five on a Treasure Island – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 4

Having read chapters seven and eight a line at a time I can now say I found thirteen changes between them (again, not including random adding and removing of hyphens or I’d be here for a week.) Apologies in advance, … Continue reading

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Five on a Treasure Island – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 3

Continuing with Five on a Treasure Island, I’ve looked at chapters five and six. It appears that as the excitement and action starts in the story, the editor’s pen has started to fall more heavily. In chapters five and six, … Continue reading

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Five on a Treasure Island – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 2

Continuing on from my post two weeks ago, about the alterations in modern editions I’ve now looked at chapters three and four of Five on a Treasure Island. CHAPTER THREE: A QUEER STORY AND A NEW FRIEND The first edit … Continue reading

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Five on a Treasure Island – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition?

Something that comes up again and again in discussions about Blyton’s books is the issue of updating. Some readers say that word as if it were a dirty thing, others say it positively. I’m in between really, I prefer to read … Continue reading

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