- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; UK ed. edition (1 June 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781447280095
- ISBN-13: 978-1447280095
- ASIN: 1447280091
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
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Magic Flutes Paperback – 1 Jun 2015
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Eva Ibbotson writes for both adults and children. Her books for children, with their fantastic creatures, outrageous characters, dark humour and brilliant storytelling, have much in common with Roald Dahl's.
Which Witch was runner-up for the Carnegie Medal and The Secret of Platform 13 was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. Her latest titles are The Star of Kazan and Journey to the River Sea.
She lives in Newcastle, UK.
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Magic Flutes is set just after the end of WWI. The hero is solidly British, a scrappy orphan, who has made good in the world. He has made his fortune several times over, in point of fact - yet has never forgotten his down-to-earth unpretentious foster mother who raised him. He respects her and his humble and probably disreputable origin, despite his striking good looks, fame and fortune. He makes a wonderful hero (understatement).
The heroine, on the other hand, is a Germanic princess who has come down in the world that exists after the ravages of the war. She is trying very hard to disguise her privileged upbringing, and is working menial jobs in a rather second-rate opera house. She is charming, unassuming and generous and has earned the love and loyalty of the eccentric characters for whom she works. No one has a clue she is royalty, albeit on the verge of poverty. She makes a perfect heroine (again understated).
The story unfolds gently and beautifully and it would be such a shame to spoil such a love story by telling much more. It is rather like a Rags to Riches fairy tale - and is simply stated a delight to read. I stumbled on this years ago and am so happy to have found it available on Kindle. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.