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From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler
E L Konisburg

Action, adventure and romance

A brother and sister run away from home and hide in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – blurb to follow


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4 comments on “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler

  1. Mr Milne says:

    I’ve not seen either film but I read that the formidable Mrs F. has been played by two famous actresses, Ingrid Bergman and Lauren Bacall

  2. Mr Milne says:

    Lots about this book is just a little bit out of the ordinary. It’s narrated through letters from eccentric 82-year-old Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler to her lawyer. Kids don’t usually make meticulous plans to run away like Claudia does – especially not to a place like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Claudia doesn’t have any of the usual reasons to run away from home (in fact, no ‘real’ reasons, you might say), just a simmering frustration and longing for something to change and to be noticed. (On one level, I think the book is about Claudia growing up.) The wise and insightful Mrs Frankweiler (who Claudia and her brother Jamie come to meet in the course of their adventures) likes the children and understands some of what Claudia’s feeling and they have some conversations that help Claudia to better understand these feelings. One of the things she says to Claudia is this: “I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside of you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It’s hollow.” Overall, I found this a highly original, interesting, intelligent, entertaining book.

  3. tbraganza says:

    I really enjoyed this book. It was odd because at the start you think it is the author telling the story to a dude called Saxonberg but you eventually find out that it’s…well, read the book and you’ll find out!

  4. ahoward says:

    I found this book quite odd but still enjoyed it. At the time I found it quite confusing and my mind drifted off occasionally so I would have to re-read the sentence which made it quite a slow read. I did enjoy some bits, like the twist at the end of all those card games the brother played with his friend for years.