The Water Babies

The Water Babies

Charles Kingsley / Sep 18, 2019

The Water Babies The story follows Tom in his land life as a climbing boy for a chimney sweep and in his after life as a water baby where he gains redemption from selfishness as well as from drudgery On to his fantas

  • Title: The Water Babies
  • Author: Charles Kingsley
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  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The story follows Tom in his land life as a climbing boy for a chimney sweep and in his after life as a water baby, where he gains redemption from selfishness as well as from drudgery On to his fantasy Kingsley grafts a series of digressions and comic asides, through which he comments on a range of contemporary issues.

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      • Charles Kingsley

        Charles Kingsley was an English clergyman, university professor, historian, and novelist, particularly associated with the West Country and north east Hampshire.He was educated at Helston Grammar School before studying at King s College London, and the University of Cambridge Charles entered Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1838, and graduated in 1842 He chose to pursue a ministry in the church From 1844, he was rector of Eversley in Hampshire, and in 1860, he was appointed Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge.His writing shows an impulse to reconfigure social realities into dream geographies through Christian idealism.


    1. How many people can say that drowning was the best thing that’s ever happened to them?Life is terrible for Tom. He’s an ordinary boy and he’s in an ordinary situation. Granted, it’s a tough situation but it’s still rather ordinary for the time. His master beats him and overworks him. This is the only life Tom knows; thus, when he grows old he will follow the same path. It’s not his fault; he hasn’t known any different. For him, his master is the embodiment of manliness: it’s what [...]

    2. Googling around to see if anyone knows who Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby and Mrs Bedonebyasyoudid are based on (I have often wondered about this), I discover by chance that the author invented the word 'cuddly', which first appeared in The Water-Babies. Well, there's your useless fact for today.

    3. I have no idea what edition I read as a child, but I do know that I harbor huge nostalgia about the book's weird adventures and pen and ink illustrations. Every time I see the title at a used book sale, I reflect on my childhood.Now as an adult, having read reviews, I wonder what I would think of it. The implied tone of bigotry and morialist snake oil makes me pause about my rating.For now it gets my best. When I re-read it, I will likely be angry and ashamed!ETA: What I believe was designed to [...]

    4. Μιας και το να αναζητήσεις τον συγγραφέα στα ελληνικά δεν φέρνει αποτελέσματα πόσο μάλλον να υπάρχει το βιβλίο του αυτό μεταφρασμένο, θα πω ό,τι έχω να πω ελληνικά.ο συγγραφέαςΤσαρλς Κίνγκσλεϊ: συγγραφέας, αγγλικανός κληρικός, καθηγητής ιστορίας στο Κέιμπριτζ, γνώστης ελλ [...]

    5. I know this book is pretty controversial, but I enjoyed it in spite of that. As accepted during that time in history, there is definitely some prejudice against other races and nationalities, especially the Irish. The Englishman rules and all others are inferior. But, I just took this as British pride of course, and Englishman would think his nationality is the best, back in the day. Also, if you aren't Christian, then you are a heathen. No news here, either. However, I was amazed at Kingsley fo [...]

    6. Wow, that was bad! In college I went through a Charles Kingsley phase (Westward Ho, Hypatia, Alton Locke). I remember reading this and thinking it was good. Probably the most wrong opinion I have ever held. The tone is so smarmy, you just want to slap the author (who is rabidly anti-irish). Here is probably the best quote of the book-which gives you a taste--"Now you may fancy that Tom was quite good, when he had everything that he could want or wish: but you would be very much mistaken. Being q [...]

    7. In this book, the reader gets to accompany young Tom on a fantastic journey. As the journey progresses, the book gets worse.First fifty pages or so: 4-5 stars. I'm enjoying this for what it is--a fairy tale ostensibly for children. There's a little chimney sweep, the aforementioned Tom, who works for a cruel master. He encounters a beautiful--and clean--young lady but due to a misunderstanding is chased off her property.Next fifty or so pages: 3 stars. Okay, so this has taken an odd turn and see [...]

    8. written 1862-1863.Reading this once was enough. Future self, if you ever forget what reading it was like and consider giving it another go? Don't.A young chimney sweep, who is mistreated by his master accidentally frightens a young girl in the house they are working in. He runs off, fearing he'll be in trouble, and ends up drowning. I enjoyed it up until this point. It was apparently meant to be a lesson on, amongst other things, child labor and the treatment of the boy by his master would be a [...]

    9. Humphrey Carpenter's "Secret Gardens: A Study of the Golden Age of Children's Literature" sounds like something I ought to have read. The period it describes runs from the mid-19th century to the early 20th, placing The Water-Babies right near its start and certainly an influence on everything from "Alice In Wonderland", a few years later, to "Peter Pan". It is also one of those children's books which contains "much that is unintelligible to children", as one reviewer put it; Kingsley was an Ang [...]

    10. This book was actually one of the saddest I've ever read. Seemingly a harmless fantasy novel, it carries an underlying allegorical message about the toll that child labour has on kids. I'm surprised it doesn't have a higher overall rating though, because the way the author describes the mystical aquatic world and all its creatures is beautiful and unforgettable.

    11. Summary: The audiobook narration is truly one of the finest that can be found -- really superb. The book itself is particularly good, and educational, though some caveats must be made.The Book: Just absolutely delightful! Keenly imaginative, clever, and funny. Interwoven naturally with charming little lessons (which don't feel like lessons) about wildlife, biology, even geology and meteorology. Really very excellent morals throughout the whole tale. Keep and Google near at hand in order to look [...]

    12. A childhood favourite. I don't know what I'd make of it now.This was a gift to me by one of my favourite aunts, a highly intellectual lady and an alumnus of the JNU (she is no more, sadly). It gathered dust on my shelf for quite a long time before I picked it up one day and devoured it in a single sitting.I cannot remember much of the story. The part involving child labour distressed me a lot, even though I wanted to try my hand at chimney-sweeping; also, I loved the part about the water babies [...]

    13. Beautifully written morality tale. The adventures of young Tom the chimney sweep is a classic written in the 1860s. This is fast paced and filled with one memorable scene after another.

    14. Why must you torture the children, Charles?When I read that Charles Kingsley and Charles Darwin had been friends, I was so disappointed. Why? Why didn't dear Mr. D pull aside Mr. K and gently offer a sort of "I say old boy! This is bananas!" You know. Like they do. Or should have.I started listening to a librivox recording while I was painting the room that is to become my new office-library. I had read about this author and had seen the title and knew, vaguely, that Mr. K was writing at about t [...]

    15. Last line: "But remember always, as I told you at first, that this is all a fairy tale, and only fun and pretence: and, therefore, you are not to believe a word of it, even if it is true." THE WATER BABIES by the Reverend Charles Kingsley, a Victorian era children's novel first published in book form in England in 1863, achieved a level of popularity for decades in its day that spurred me as an adult to read it a hundred and fifty years later. Although it occupied a familiar place in British chi [...]

    16. Wow, this is horrible.Tom, a chimney-sweep under the drunk, foul-tempered Mr. Grimes, one day goes with him to do a job at the local lord's manor. He by mistake enters the room of a young girl, who is startled by his soot-covered appearance, and raises a fuss. Everyone chases him, and he flees only to die ("changed by a fairy") and be transformed into a water-baby. He then has to become a real man again.It's just a mess of a book. Apparently, daughters of rich people are naturally perfect and be [...]

    17. This is a book that I tried to read many times as a child but could never get through the first chapter. Seeing it on the shelf while visiting my parents I was determined to give it another shot. Although I got through it, to be honest it really wasn't worth it.Tom is a young chimney sweep who, through a series of improbable events, becomes a water-baby and goes thorough all sorts of adventures, all of which have morals to teach, before becoming a creature of the land again, as a grown man. It i [...]

    18. The Water-Babies first appeared in book form in May 1863, exactly a century-and-a-half ago. Though I was probably aware of it when younger, I must have read it for myself pretty much a half-century ago in one of those cheap Dent’s children’s classics editions. A decade later I was re-reading it and taking notes, spurred on by the challenge Kingsley issues in his dedication:Come read me my riddle, each good little man: If you cannot read it, no grown-up folk can.Of course, The Water-Babies wa [...]

    19. In Victorian London, Tom is the ill-used apprentice to the evil chimney sweep Grimes. All Tom has to look forward to is the fun of throwing bricks at horses' legs, and dreaming of the time when he's grown and it's his turn to get to beat and bully little children. Yay. Then Grimes gets called to clean chimneys at a large country house, and Tom gets lost in the labyrinth of chimneys and ends up in the bedroom of a little girl, who screams in fright. Tom leaps out the window, and is chased over hi [...]

    20. I've listened to this on audible-books some years back. And first heard about it from 1001 books you must read before you die. My good friend loves to read at bed time to his children so I bought him a copy of The Water Babies. After giving the gift of literature thought I'd look up some reviews on , and was shocked some people thought it offensive! Hope the kiddies don't have nightmares. I liked the first halve of this book it was an interesting concept for being written in 1879.And I'll tell y [...]

    21. It's like a terrible 19th-century version of The Phantom Tollbooth. Smarmy, racist, didactic, and everything that was crappy about Victorian attitudes, all rolled up into one boring, overlong waste of time.Feel offended that recommended this to me. I deserve better.

    22. I didn't really get it. But I think I liked it. The author's writing style is amazing and brilliant. Tom's story was very sad and this book made me understand that there are kids out there who need help.I really do hope a lot of people get to know more about it though.

    23. Published in 1863, this book has stood the test of time. While some might think this book is dated, it still has a lot to offer to children and to adults as well.

    24. Even as a kid I thought this story was pretty heavy on the sanctimonious didacticism, but it still has great imagery. And my version had very pretty illustrations.

    25. "The Water Babies" is a novel by Reverend Charles Kingsley written in 1862–63 as a serial for Macmillan's Magazine. It was first published in its entirety in 1863. I never heard of the book or the author until it showed up on a list of classics a few years ago, so when I came across it in a used book store, I bought it. I knew nothing about it when I started reading, there was nothing on the back cover, no introduction, so I just opened the book and started reading. The first lines of the book [...]

    26. Tom is a wretchedly poor chimney sweep, just a boy, and yet without any education or religion or family and completely subject to the cruel whims of his master. He happens upon a beautiful rich girl in the process of cleaning the chimneys of a large home, and a misunderstanding occurs, and Tom runs away and (seemingly) drowns. He doesn't drown, however; he is changed into a water-baby, and he is sent off on adventures and trials by fairies to improve his moral character.I was of two minds about [...]

    27. Imperdible. Una historia conmovedora, dura y llena de prejuicios de la época. Políticamente incorrecta, la trama se centra en un deshollinador que es explotado y se ahoga escapando de sus captores. En el agua, se transformará en un niño del agua que pasará algunas pruebas para perfeccionarse moralmente. Obra sumamente ocurrente. Imaginativa. Casi una "ida de olla" de alguien que se entregó a algún alucinógeno. Hay moraleja. Hay critica social. Hay prejuicios. En definitiva, hay todo lo q [...]

    28. This was not for me. Yes, I understand the importance of the book at time, how it was a satire on Darwin’s classic and the fact that it predates Alice in Wonderland did impress me when I compared their publication dates. But it just got on my nerves after about chapter three and from then on right until the end where, confronted with the most ridiculous last line in the history of literature, my patience gave way entirely.So what irritated me? Well, the awful patronising tone of Kingsley the n [...]

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