Robin's Country

Robin s Country Dummy a mute servant boy flees his cruel master stumbles upon Robin Hood s secret hideaway proceeds to unravel the mysteries of his own origins and finds the opportunity to prove his bravery and

  • Title: Robin's Country
  • Author: Monica Furlong
  • ISBN: 9780679890997
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dummy, a mute servant boy, flees his cruel master, stumbles upon Robin Hood s secret hideaway, proceeds to unravel the mysteries of his own origins, and finds the opportunity to prove his bravery and worth By the author of Wise Child.

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    About "Monica Furlong"

    1. Monica Furlong

      Obituary from The Guardian, Friday January 17 2003by Michael De la NoyMonica Furlong, who has died of cancer aged 72, would have achieved distinction through her writings alone But she was always on the lookout for good causes to espouse, and once she had thrown in her lot with the Movement for the Ordination of Women, and with the aims of secular feminism in general, she became to many women and to many men as well, especially homosexuals not just a beacon of light, a flaming torch.Like many intellectuals, her life was, in some ways, a protracted search for truth, accompanied by frequent disillusionment, most notably with the organised structures of society In her book With Love To The Church 1965 , she wrote, in sorrow than in anger, of her disillusion with the apparent inability of the established Church to touch the hearts and minds of men and women of goodwill.Very much a child of her time, she experimented with LSD in her late 30s, and had the distinction of seeing her book Travelling In 1971 , describing the experience, banned from Church of Scotland bookshops Aware in later life of the dangers of drugs, she nevertheless always regarded the drug taking, together with a Freudian psychoanalysis in her early 50s, as a vital part of her psychological and spiritual growth.Born and brought up in Kenton, Middlesex, Furlong always retained a nostalgic devotion to the suburbs Her father, to whom she was particularly close, was a Roman Catholic who served mass at Westminster cathedral Her relations with her mother, a sometimes caustic agnostic, were ambiguous Monica was a second daughter, and her mother made no secret of the fact that she wanted a boy Monica attributed the onset of a fairly disabling stammer, and a terror of using the telephone, to her mother s dissatisfaction with her gender.She, herself, was baptised as an Anglican in a conventional sort of way, but became, at a very early age, a potential outsider even as a child, she felt herself instinctively in sympathy with non churchgoers After education at Harrow county girls school and University College, London, she enrolled at Pitmans, and seemed destined for a dreary career as a shorthand typist.In an attempt to break into journalism, Furlong presented herself to the formidable Rosamund Essex, editor of the Church Times She was asked if she knew the difference between a cope and a chasuble, and did not get a job Instead, she became secretary to a BBC talks producer, an employment for which she could not have been less well suited by now, her stammer prevented her from saying the word Hello on the telephone.In 1956, she joined Truth magazine as a feature writer, where, on her first day, she met Bernard Levin, a lifelong friend From 1958 60, she was the Spectator s religious correspondent, and, for the next eight years, wrote for the Daily Mail, then a radical paper than it is today, earning the princely sum of 6,000 a year lunch at Fortnums became a normal occurrence, and party invitations flowed.Back in 1953, when she was only 23 and lacking any sense of self worth Furlong had married the second man who proposed to her, William Knights, who ran a newsagents They had two children, to whom both parents were devoted, but the marriage had foundered long before she braced herself for a divorce in 1977.Sadly, the incompatibility had long been apparent to her friends and family Furlong had, in fact, married in desperation, and the intellectual and class differences between she and her husband widened every time he declined to accompany her to some social occasion It was now he who felt inadequate, and his absence from her side made her feel embarrassingly unsupported.As a freelance journalist, Furlong wrote for the Guardian between 1956 and 1961, where her contributions covered a variety of emotional and socio sexual issues as they had done at the Mail They dealt, too, with her

    772 thoughts on “Robin's Country”

    1. One of the worst robin hood books I have ever read all the way through. And I've read a lot! Worse than "hawksmaid" and "the baron" put together! I dont think I would have even bothered finishing it if I weren't trying to get through my entire stack of books I need to read by next Friday. (Its a big stack and I think I just wasted and afternoon) Warning, rant will contain spoilers, so if you do want to read it and want to be "surprised" don't read this.OK! So! "Robin's Country" is a children's s [...]


    2. This was my comfort book when I was little. I always read it when I was feeling scared or unhappy. I'm not really so sure what it was that made me feel better or happier, whether it was the coming of age and triumph of the underdog, whether it was descriptions of food, or whether it was just incredibly imaginative and like a fantasy to me. I really should reread it now that I'm older and see if it's still as good as I remembered it being.



    3. A mute orphan boy known first as “Dummy” escapes the abusive, slave-like conditions of his master’s farm, winding up in Sherwood Forest. Soon he wins over Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Little John, Will Stutley and the rest of the “Merry Men.” Marian is the only holdout, believing the boy is a spy sent by tyrannical Prince John; her suspicion easing when the boy saves Robin from a murder attempt. While the boy (whom Robin calls Bird) develops a sense of loyalty and fellowship with the Merry [...]


    4. I so enjoy this little book. Very sweet atypical retelling, with typical elements that tie it strongly to the source material.Feb 16, 2011 review: nairamofsherwood/


    5. I have loved this book since I first read it as a kid. One of my favorite tales of Robin Hood. I just read it again and I have to say that it was as good as I remembered, if a little too short.



    6. I read a review that recommended Wise Child and Juniper by Monica Furlong and was intrigued enough that I tried to get them from my public library. However, the only book by Furlong my library had was Robin's Country. I thought, what the hell, it will at least give me a sense of her style.And it's just so meh. Both the story and the characterization are so simplistic and crude that I can't imagine it appealing to anyone over the age of eight.


    7. A nice little Robin Hood story for kids about a mute boy with amnesia, clearly noble-born from the little tidbits he remembers of his childhood. The story opens with him as a a servant for a cruel family. He runs away after an especially bad beating when he's blamed for something the master's son actually did. Fleeing into the forest, he stumbles upon Robin Hood's hideout. Robin Hood and Marian think he may be a spy. Robin, a character who is noble but who also is a bit of a thrill-seeker, warms [...]


    8. I liked this book better than I thought I would. Started reading a few pages as I was shelving it and was so intrigued that I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The main character, calling himself Dummy, was a very interesting character, despite not having many memories of his past.Because of the style of writing, I was surprised to see that the book was written in 1995, as it reads like a classicNot that I have read many classics!Despite my 4 stars, I did have a few problems with it. [...]


    9. I'm pretty picky about Robin Hood Stories but this book is one of my all time favorites. A young mute boy literally falls into a den of thieves where he has to face some tough decision about life and people. The book had great drama and a good lesson in how people aren't always what they seem, no one's strictly good or strictly evil, and everyone has flaws. It had great humor while still being meaningful. My favorite aspect of this book is that while it's obviously set up for kids, that doesn't [...]


    10. 3.5This is a good children's book with a lot of touching moments. I loved Monica Furlong as a child, and when I found this book I could not pass it up. Young Bird ("Dummy") escapes the cruelty of an abusive master and finds himself in the woods where outlaws are rumored to roam. He stumbles upon Robin and his band of thieves. At first everyone is suspicious he's a spy, but Bird soon proves himself to be an invaluable and loyal friend to the band of men and one woman, Marian. As the story unfolds [...]


    11. Honestly I've read this book a few time and I never dislike it. Every time I read it I fall in love about the main character, Dummy. His relationship with the whole crew of outlaws warms my heart and the ending is always the sweetest. If someone's ever in need of just a cute and sweet book that has it's share of grief and sadness but gets better, this is it. I wish I could find more books like it.


    12. I give this only an OK because I expected do much more from Monica Furlong. It just lacks the lyrical spell of Juniper, Wise Child and Coleman. Admittedly it is better than the Rowan Hood books but that is not saying much. The version of Robin Hood related here is straight from the early 20th century kids books, and the story is like a Robin Hood daydream with a small side of personal suffering. The landscapes were nice though.


    13. The reading level is a 6.5 and the genre is action.I rate this book 5 stars because it is a very interesting book that really pulls you in. Robins country is a book a bout a young boy that cant speak and is abused by his master. He decided to run away and upon doing so he stumbled upon robin hood's hide out. they took thin in wondering if he is a spy or just a normal boy. Later on they trust him and they treat him like one of their own.


    14. I am so enjoying zipping through my collection of YA titles I acquired while teaching middle schoolers. The books are relatively short (150-200 pages)and easy reading. Just right for a quick "escape".


    15. A short but well-done use of elements of the Robin Hood legend seen through the eyes of a mute orphan who stumbles into Robin's Domain. I liked the protagonists thoughtfulness, the way the author showed Robin's and his men's--and woman's--faith in God and the personalities of the main characters.


    16. I enjoyed this (I would guess) mid to upper elementary school age historical novel about a young boy who happens upon Robin Hood's group while running away from a cruel master. Nice combination of history, action and interesting characters.



    17. It's been a while since I've read this book. Seems like I didnt like it when I read it. Can't remember what the book was about though. Guess it didn't make an impression on me.


    18. Great plot, but the story-telling, if you can call it that, was all-tell, no-show. Painful coming from the author of one of my favorite YA novels (Wise Child).



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