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#1: The Crown of Success Author: NineLivesBurraLocation: York, North Yorks PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:01 pm
If this is in the wrong place, could a prefect please move it to where it belongs...Thanks

I recently acquired a copy of this and it's a fascinating book. I became interested in this book many years ago, when I first read whichever book it was I can't actually remember when EBD used it but I've only now been able to get a copy thanks to the wonders of the internet.

Has anyone else read it?

#2:  Author: Liz KLocation: Bedfordshire PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:09 pm
Is this the book by A.L.O.E that's used in The Sale?

#3:  Author: NineLivesBurraLocation: York, North Yorks PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:41 pm
Yes, that's the one. I love this book.

#4:  Author: KBLocation: Melbourne, Australia PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 10:44 pm
Yes, I have a copy. It's a very amusing story, predictable as all get-out, but with gorgeous characters.

#5:  Author: EmerenceLocation: Australia PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:34 am
I've never read it, but the author's name always makes me think instantly of aloe vera. Sorry, that was random Laughing

#6:  Author: Kathy_SLocation: midwestern US PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:25 am
According to this site, it stands for "A Lady of England." The full text is available here. Just found that! In the past, I'd only seen the one chapter. A brief biography of Charolotte Maria Tucker may be found at However, I still haven't found a birthday for her....

#7:  Author: KirstyLocation: Melbourne, Australia PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:02 am
I've read it as well, thanks to KB's copy (and our flourishing Melbourne-CBB Lending Library Laughing )

Like she said, it's as predictable as anything, but loads of fun to read. I can seewhy it was "allocated" to the San as reading material, it wouldn't be very taxing for convalescents...

#8:  Author: PadoLocation: Connecticut, USA PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:10 pm
Thanks, KathyS - I've always been curious about it, but never took the time to search it out. I'll be interested to see if it does in fact parallel The Phantom Tollbooth, which is what I mentally compared it to as a kid.

#9:  Author: NineLivesBurraLocation: York, North Yorks PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:49 pm
I've never heard of The Phantom Tollbooth but i've just googled it and found that there was a movie of it made in 1970. I also looked it up wikipedia and found a good overview of the story there.

#10:  Author: SquirrelLocation: St-Andrews or Dunfermline PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:48 pm
I've just finished reading it - it was a nice story for an evening when my head is incapable of long concentration stunts! I can see where the parallel to Phantom Tolbooth is - though they have gone about things in separate ways (this is one of the few things I know by film and not by novel form!)

#11:  Author: Loryat PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:15 pm
The Phantom Tollbooth is fantastic! I unfortunately never read it when I was a kid but I read it to one of my wee brothers (who does not, generally, like books), and he loved it so much he wanted his teacher to read it to the class!

#12:  Author: BessLocation: Cambridge UK PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:10 pm
I have a red hb by ALOE that I got from an old chapel library, called 'The Triumph over Midian.' I assume it's the same author with a preface by her; I haven't checked the exact date but to go by the ancient-ness of the book it must be from the 1800's.

'The Triumph Over Midian' is rather slow going; it's allegorical, illustrating how Gideon's fight against the Midianites in Biblical days is relevant to us. It's interspersed by a clergyman in the story giving chapter-long Bible lectures to drive home the point.

It's actually very interesting from my point of view as a Christian being taught about the Bible; but it's not exactly a great story! The heroine is painfully good all the time she's worrying about being sinful. Agh!

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