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The Far Distant Oxus Katharine Hull

The Far Distant Oxus

Katharine Hull

Published 1937
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As a kid, this was one of my very favorite books. I read and re-read it. I dont think I was aware how old it was at the time. It was published in 1937. It was written by two girls, ages 14 and 15, who submitted their manuscript to their favorite author, Arthur Ransome.Ive just finished reading his Swallows and Amazons, which made me think of this book. Having now read both, its very very clear how blatantly influenced by that book Hull and Whitlock were. This story is an homage to Ransome: a version of his story with their own ideal vacation, drawing on their own summer experiences.Here, the young people are spending their holiday on the moors - with ponies for them to ride and explore. Inspired by the poetry theyre read, they transpose an exotic imaginary landscape onto the English countryside, imbuing everything they see with magic.Unlike in Ransomes book, theres a hint of innocent romance here (involving a tall, dark stranger, of course) - which, yes, I appreciated as a girl. But mostly its memorable for its perfect description of how the love of reading can add richness to everything one experiences on a daily basis. And of course, therere the ponies.There are two sequels to this book, which Ive never had the opportunity to read. Ill give interlibrary loan a shot...