Saturday, 28 April 2007

Not Just Narnia...


Yesterday I got a nice postcard and letter in the post from a regular correspondent, my aunt Jacq - I've put up a photo of the postcard. It is brilliantly apposite for Stuck-in-a-Book, and appears to have been bought in Berlin - I do hope Jacq didn't make the trip to Germany especially for me. I rather think not.

We've exchanged letters for five years now, and through that time have often set each other Literary Challenges of some sort or other - I thought I'd share this one. Have done my best (which turned out not to be very good) without resorting to good old Google. So please do give a hand, but only if you know them already - let's not cheat just yet!

Ok, the challenge is this - all of these are fictional places, or real places used in literatu
re. Who are the authors?

I only got 13. Oo, exactly half.

Archenland
Brobdingnag
Cranford
Dune
Erewhon
Frenchman's Creek
Gormenghast
Hogsmead
Ishmaelia
Judas College, Oxford
Kenilworth
Loamshire
Mariposa
Neverland
Oz
Puddleby-on-the-Marsh
Quarne
Ruritania
St. Mary Mead
Troytown
Utopia
Villette
Wigan Pier
Xanadu
Yell'ham Bottom
Sector
ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

9 comments:

  1. Brobdingnag - Swift
    Frenchman's Creek - du Maurier
    Hogsmead - Rowling
    Kenilworth - this is real, it's near Leamington
    Neverland - Barrie
    Ruritania - is this Orwell?
    St. Mary Mead - Christie
    Xanadu - Colerige

    Feeble effort on my part. Several more that I'm sure I know really.

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  2. Hmm...plenty I don't know, and several that are hauntingly familiar without my quite being able to put a name to them...but let's see if I can add to Colin's efforts.

    Archenland - Lewis, I think. Isn't that one of Narnia's neighbouring countries?
    Erewhon - Butler (part of his oh-so-witty wordplay)
    Gormenghast - Peake (I think)
    Utopia - Thomas More/Moore (however you spell it - probably other authors too)
    Wigan Pier - Orwell
    Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha - Adams

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  3. Cranford - Gaskell
    Oz-Baum
    Villette - Charlotte Bronte

    Some more *sound* familiar. I'd like to see the entire list.

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  4. forgot Oz- Baum
    The only ones I have actually READ are:

    Scoop
    Northern Lights
    Middlemarch (if that IS where Loamshire comes from)
    Peter Pan
    The W of OZ and its sequel
    Kubla Khan

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  5. Kenilworth is Walter Scott
    Dune is Frank Herbert

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  6. I've tried to post my list TWICE already and it has lost both attampts tho' my top-up comment HAS appeared. What is going on?
    Ok, so one's people haven't already mentioned are

    Gormenghast - Peak(e)
    Ishmaelia - his where that blundering jornalist in Scoop by Waugh, gets sent
    Judas Collge - Pullman?
    St Mary Mead is where Miss Marple either lives or visits - by Christie



    Troytown - Quiller Couch - his name for Fowey, Cornwall

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  7. Hi Si - the Aged Ps

    Archenland CS Lewis
    Brobdingnag - Swift
    Cranford - Gaskell
    Dune - Herbert
    Erewhon - Butler
    Frenchman's Creek - du Maurier
    Gormenghast - Peake
    Hogsmead - Pratchett?
    Ishmaelia - ?
    Judas College, Oxford - Dexter?
    Kenilworth - Scott
    Loamshire - Trollope?
    Mariposa - ?
    Neverland - Barrie
    Oz - wizard of (Baum)
    Puddleby-on-the-Marsh - ?
    Quarne - ?
    Ruritania - Prisoner of Zenda
    St. Mary Mead - Christie
    Troytown - Hardy?
    Utopia - Moore
    Villette - Charlotte Bronte
    Wigan Pier - Orwell
    Xanadu - Coleridge
    Yell'ham Bottom - Laurie Lee?
    Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha - ?

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  8. The only ones that no-one has yet identified are:
    Judas College, Oxford
    Mariposa
    Puddleby-on-the-Marsh
    Qvarne (note spelling - probably a result of poor handwriting of Aunt and too much English education of Nephew)
    Yell'ham Bottom.

    I was surprised at the Aged Ps not recognising Hogsmead! Did the Prisoner of Zenda write any other books?

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  9. Judas College --- Zuleika Dobson
    Puddleby -- Dr Doolittle!

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