The Landing

The Landing

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Will Ben ever escape the Landing? The hardscrabble farm on the shores of Lake Muskoka can't generate a living, so Ben's Uncle Henry sells goods and gas to cottagers from the dock known as Cooks Landing. It had never been much of a living and since the Depression hit, it's even less. Ben's thinking a lot these days, and it's making him miserable. He's thinking about how unfair it is that his uncle only cares about work. He's thinking about what he really wants to do: play the violin. These days, he's lucky to snatch the odd bit of practice between chores, playing to the chickens in the henhouse. A new job fixing up the grand old cottage on nearby Pine Island seems at first to be just one more thing to keep Ben away from his violin. After he meets the island's owner, Ben changes his mind. Ruth Chapman is a cultured and wealthy woman from New York who introduces Ben to an unfamiliar, liberating world. After Ben plays violin for Ruth and her admiring friends, it only makes him more desperate to flee. Then, during a stormy night on Lake Muskoka, everything changes.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9781554532346
1554532345
Characteristics: 160 p.

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mac_reader_1 Apr 22, 2010

I was expecting a lot more from this novel. The author could have does so much more with the plot and made things a lot bigger. I was so disappointed with the book and especially the author. I finished reading it in about 2 hours or so and I was wondering when it was going to start, still to this very moment I am still wanting to know the point of the book I gave it 1/5 (*)

marikha Apr 16, 2010

a little boring but well written.

Maha_K Apr 06, 2010

i didnt like this book. i thought it was boring. Nothing in this book was really thrilling and i left like putting it down during my read.

Devashar Apr 02, 2010

The landing was pure poetry. Longing and loneliness being its' main theme. Ibbitson has written a wonderful story and Ben is a character who will be hard to forget.

cindersister Apr 01, 2010

A quick read, though the subject matter wasn't particularly thrilling.

I was underwhelmed mid-way through because I actually found the way the novel started to be enticing, and John Ibbitson's way of describing music to be clever.

The rest of the book was sadly lacking in quality that the start had.

Chocolate55 Mar 30, 2010

I started reading this book today during lunch time. I think it is one of the best books that I have read so far.

Doogledude123 Mar 22, 2010

This book is a good book that is placed in the olden days, about a boy who lives with his family that is poor, I didnt like it the best because im not into books like these 2.5/5

vidhuP Mar 08, 2010

i thought this book was ok, it was slow and i skimmed through a lot, and the ending was a little rushed

HudaH Mar 08, 2010

really excellent book with much details. the writing style of the author was exceptionally good. only critism would be that i wish it was slightly longer, with some expansion.

inez49 Feb 26, 2010

The Landing is quite good, I really enjoyed it. But i really felt it would have been longer, I sort of want to know what happened Ben and the book leaves me dangling a bit, but all in all, it was a great read.

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Devashar Apr 02, 2010

Ben lost his father at a very young age. As a result, he and his mother had to move in with his uncle Henry, who lived on a farm in Muskoka. Mostly, while Ben is growing up he must tend and toil away doing farm chores with Henry. The only pleasure Henry has in life is his violin. Yet sadly, he must learn to play himself because there is no violin teacher around for miles.

One day, Ben meets Ruth Chapman, an old widow who has just bought the island on the lake beside Ben's barn. She pays him and Henry to fix up the cottage in the centre of the island. Ruth is unlike anyone Ben has ever met before. She is rich, smokes two packs of cigarettes per day, loves classical music and can hold her own against any man. As Ben spends more time with Ruth, the more he begins to desire life away from Muskoka. He begins thinking about Toronto, where Ruth says there is an abundance of violin teachers.

After a party at Ruth's where Ben was invited to help, she begins to mysteriously ignore him. Ben is greatly saddened and confused by this. He feels as though he revealed to much of himself personally to her while at the party.They do not have a real conversation again until she leaves the cottage at the end of summer. She says goodbye to Ben claiming "You know, I never had a son. And I had no idea before how sorry I am about that".

In the weeks after Ruth's departure, Ben had grown increasingly upset with the state of his life. One night, he and his uncle Henry are returning from a day's work at a hotel they are renovating. He and Henry have never had a good relationship. Henry chooses not to leave the island and Ben feels chained to it, leaving rise to resentment between them. They are leaving for home on the boat Waome, when it capsizes due to a powerful squall. Ben manages swim out to the nearby island safely, but unfornutately could not save Henry. He is immersed in sadness after death but there is a small light of hope. Ben's mother decides to sell the farm and move her and her son to Toronto. Ben leaves the farm hurt over the death of his uncle, but happy over the prospect of a new future.

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Devashar Apr 02, 2010

"Before long, he wasn't thinking of anything, aware of anything, Kick, stroke. Kick, stroke. Get help. Get help"
pg 146

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