The Landing

Ibbitson, John

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Landing
Ben thinks he will always be stuck at Cook's Landing, barely making ends meet like his uncle. But when he meets a wealthy widow from New York City, he sees himself there too. When she hires him to play his violin, he realizes his gift could unlock the possibilities of the world. Then, during a stormy night on Lake Muskoka, everything changes.

Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, 2008.
ISBN: 1554532388
Characteristics: 160 p. ;,21 cm.


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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 (*)

Apr 16, 2010
  • marikha rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

a little boring but well written.

Apr 11, 2010
  • Maha_K rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 02, 2010
  • Devashar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 01, 2010
  • cindersister rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 30, 2010
  • Chocolate55 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Mar 08, 2010
  • vidhuP rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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

Feb 26, 2010
  • inez49 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 09, 2009
  • Daisy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful story about a young boy's dreams during the 1930's in Muskoka. A must read for anyone with a cottage. Don't over look this book because it is a J FIC!

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Apr 02, 2010
  • Devashar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Apr 02, 2010
  • Devashar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"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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