The Borribles

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The Borribles

Postby BaldJean » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:18 pm

I also highly recommend the Borribles trilogy by Michael de Larrabeti. The three parts are named "The Borribles", "The Borribles Go for Broke" and "The Borribles: Across the Dark Metropolis". Unfortunately the books are currently out of print, so you will have to try a second hand bookshop for these books. Great fun, especially since the Borribles speak a wonderful Cockney. But despite the fun the series is quite dark too. Some call these books "children's books", but they are in my opinion not; they share the fate many books that deal with criticism of the society had: They are considered to be books for children or at best youth. The list of books that share that fate is endless; "Gulliver's Travels", "Robinson Crusoe", "Uncle Tom's Cabin", "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn" are among them. Even the "Alice" books by Lewis Carroll are far more than just children's books; there is a lot of satire regarding the Victorian era in them.
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Re: The Borribles

Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:26 pm

They seem to be available on Abe. Thanks Jean! :D
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Re: The Borribles

Postby =Tamar » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:13 pm

I actually managed to find all three of them here in the USA - one of the benefits of living near DC, many people who travel for their foreign service jobs eventually donate their discards. They are indeed dark, and I have some trouble with the concept that all children are Borribles until they grow up. While there are messages for adults in the books, I would not give them to anyone under 16 because of the praise of gang life. But that's me being an old fogey (and proud of it! Get off my lawn!).
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