Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne

I loved Winnie the Pooh so much that in the middle of reading the book, I was compelled to write on a sticky, now stuck on the first page, so that I could be reminded about the wonderful feelings that I had while reading the book.

“When I feel anxious about life, world, and All the Big Things, I read Winnie the Pooh and melt into some kind of strawberry milkshake. And it’s like everything is gonna be okay again.”

I think that really summarizes it. I love love love the books. I read them slowly, savoring each words. Once I finished the first one (Winnie the Pooh, 1926), I ordered the second one (The House at Pooh Corner, 1928) straight away.

If you intend to read Winnie the Pooh, you really need to read both Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, because the story actually ends in the second book. (and oh the end is so touching and important..) Also, Tigger just appears on the second book, and you don’t want to miss him!

Memorable Quotes

“By the time it came to the edge of the Forest the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved more slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, ‘There is no hurry. We shall get there some day.’ But all the little streams higher up in the Forest went this way and that, quickly, eagerly, having so much to find out before it was too late.” ~p89, The House at Pooh Corner

“We keep looking for Home and not finding it, so I thought that if we looked for this Pit, we’d be sure not to find it, which would be a Good Thing, because then we might find something that we weren’t looking for, which might be just what we were looking for, really.” ~ Pooh’s wisdom, The House at Pooh Corner p121

“‘Rabbit’s clever,’ said Pooh thoughtfully.
‘Yes,’ said Piglet. ‘Rabbit’s clever.’
‘And he has Brain.’
‘Yes,’ said Piglet, ‘Rabbit has Brain.’
There was a long silence.
‘I suppose,’ said Pooh, ‘that that’s why he never understands anything.'”
~ The House at Pooh Corner p127

A. A. Milne, Christopher Robin, and Pooh Bear

Winnie the Pooh movie (2011)

I watched the 2011 version of Winnie the Pooh, which takes bits and pieces from the 2 books. I also watched the first Disney movie on Pooh and friends that came out in 1977, which also takes bits and pieces from the 2 books. Then I just realized there are freakin so many Disney Pooh movies! I thought there were only those two!

The 2011 movie was quite true to the book and since I just read it it was nice that the scenes were fresh in my mind.

But in the battle between author and Disney today, there is no way Disney could’ve won! The books are so rich with humour and wisdom; the characters are so much richer, adorable, and real in the books. The only thing that Disney captured was the cuteness of the characters, which is not so bad, considering the huge task at hand. But there is just no way the magical words of A. A. Milne get transferred to the screen. Some things can only get across in words.




Disney Literature Challenge Round 3

Disney vs. Milne
on Winnie the Pooh

A. A. Milne won by long long miles!

Current Score
Disney – 1 vs. Authors – 2

More battles here…

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

“I remember years ago a guy I knew told me that people going to England find exactly what they go looking for. I said I’d go looking for the England of English literature, and he nodded and said: ‘It’s there.’” ~p91

Possibly one of the first books I read when I arrived in London last year. A sort of impulse pick from the library not long after passing The Charing Cross Road in person. The book is divided into two parts, 84 Charing Cross Road and The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street. I found the first part about the twenty years correspondence between Helene Hanff (US) and Frank Doel (UK) post World War II to be mildly enjoyable and relatively short, while I didn’t quite finish the second part where Helene Hanff finally visited London in the 70s. Surprising considering I was probably as excited as her to visit London for the first time. But the book was left untouched for a while so I finally returned it to the library. Who knows, I might go back to it someday for more insights about London in the 70s. (3.5/5)

The movie (1987) for me was reminiscence of Anthony Hopkins in The Remains of the Day with his controlled performance and old fashioned style. Helene Hanff was played by Anne Bancroft, who already looks and sounds old in 84 Charing Cross Road, but omg, looks so pretty when she was young! And I just realized that she played the girl’s mother in The Graduate with Dustin Hoffman. (7/10)

I went back to Charing Cross Road again purposely to find the plaque that marked the Mark & co bookshop that was said to be there, but I could not find it, even after going back and forth and checked the road across the street like what the internet says. I can’t find any picture on the net too so I don’t know if it is true that there is a plaque. Have any of you seen it? Where is it??

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