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William knows his place in the world. As a natural leader, where he goes others follow, even if that means only Ginger and Henry. The problem is that where he leads them usually ends up a disaster.


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William knows his place in the world. As a natural leader, where he goes others follow, even if that means only Ginger and Henry. The problem is that where he leads them usually ends up a disaster.

30 review for William the Dictator

  1. 4 out of 5

    Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    It's always hard rating books which consist of a collection of stories. Not all of them are awesome. But Crompton's writing is always incredibly witty - it's somehow just imbued with wittiness - and every single book in the Just William series will always get at least 4 stars from me. [Blog] - [Bookstagram]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    Ridiculous but fun short stories. Just WIlliam has never been one of my obsessions but I am partial to a bit of early twentieth century boy's own story-telling and I mainly picked this up because of an argument on Twitter (!) Someone posted a pic of it and said they were shocked that it seemed to be advocating fascism because on the cover william is making a Hitler salute and his gang members are returning it. It seemed pretty obvious to me though that if you were going to advocate the ideas of Ridiculous but fun short stories. Just WIlliam has never been one of my obsessions but I am partial to a bit of early twentieth century boy's own story-telling and I mainly picked this up because of an argument on Twitter (!) Someone posted a pic of it and said they were shocked that it seemed to be advocating fascism because on the cover william is making a Hitler salute and his gang members are returning it. It seemed pretty obvious to me though that if you were going to advocate the ideas of Hitler you wouldn't use the word "dictator" you'd say - I dunno, "great leader" or something. It was written in the thirties before the war, but even so, it seemed a bit unlikely that Richmal Compton would use a children's book to show her political affiliations in such a crass way. Anyway, sure enough, in "What's in a Name?", William flirts with politics, but only in a very childish, non-threatening way. He sees a fascist "shouting and waving his arms about" and talking about taking over the world in his town, in front of a bemused crowd so he thinks that seems like fun so he and his pals call themselves the "Greenshirts" and get themselves some armbands so they can shout and wave their arms and take over the world too. Soon, their rival gang has set up as the Blueshirts and got themselves "a col'ny" (which is just somebody's aunt's garden). There isn't much more mention of to it: it just sets up an unlikely plot whereby, to save face, William's gang have to make their own "col'ny" in an unoccupied house and festoon it with cream buns, doughnuts and bananas. Having thus defeated their enemies, they get bored of the game and no more is said of fascism. It does seem strangely jarring that one of the best-known characters of the time appears to be making a gesture which has such a horrifying history, but in the context of pre-war britain, mocking dictators with their posturing and goose-stepping seems like the most british thing of all. Wodehouse does it with Spode and Chaplin does it a few years later in The Great Dictator. So yeah, don't worry about this one, you can read it with a clear conscience.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ram

    always love the william series by richmal crompton - they were my favorite during school days - sneak in a book once in a while.

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