Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The Past Can Be Refreshing
The book is a children's mystery, with that old-timey feel of Henry Reed, Beverly Cleary etc - when children got around on bicycles, did their chores and lived wholesome and energetic lives. The protagonists of The Money Machine (it's actually the last in a series with these boys) run a detective agency. The mystery involves a counterfeit ring. Not *too* high stakes, but of course, seriously dramatic for high school. I'm not a huge fan of mysteries for their own sake, though I read many of them for various reasons of course. So the actual clue-tracking and culprit-exposing wasn't overly important to me. What impressed me more (I mean that in the sense of made an impression on me) was the old-timey feel of it all. The mild manners, the slow pace, the secure atmosphere - all make for a relaxing read, despite any tension that arose from all the tight spots that happened along the way. Not that I'm particularly nostalgic, and definitely not nostalgic for a time and place I never knew, but the wholesomeness of all did get to me.
At least I think that's what it was. The bottom line is I found it to be an easy read. As a children's book, I wouldn't have expected much else. Even so, I think the old-fashioned neat-and-cleanness contributed plenty.