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The Secret of Red Gate Farm (1931)

de Carolyn Keene

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Sèrie: Nancy Drew (6)

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Nancy Drew's keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will.
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Typical Nancy. Sometimes I just want to listen to something that I know what to expect will happen. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Apr 25, 2022 |
Nancy gets into quite a spot of danger, but luckily she is equally good at making new friends and solving mysteries. ( )
  Victinerary | Mar 23, 2022 |
Im not sure what the most appropriate way to deal with this would be but I found the fact that this book repeatedly uses the term "oriental" to describe East Asian people and things not ok. I understand its inclusion in the original but I read a modern edition (an audiobook narrated by Laura Linney actually) and edits should have been made. Mention the change in a footnote or preface maybe, whatever needs to be done to avoid leaving a racist and outdated term unacknowledged in a childrens book. I know when I was a kid I got a lot of vocab from what I was reading and used it in conversation, you do the math.

In regards to the actual story, it was ok but who's bright idea was it to have Nancy and the gang dress up as the klan to spy on people? ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 26, 2021 |
An entertaining mystery that is dampened by unfortunate racial epithets towards Asian-Americans which we do not use anymore. I'll add that the resolution is more Deus ex machina than Nancy's logic saves the day, and I greatly prefer the latter. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Teenaged sleuth Nancy Drew returns in this sixth mystery novel devoted to her adventures, this time confronting a number of puzzling mysteries centered around the eponymous Red Gate Farm. When Nancy and her two good friends, Bess and George, go shopping in a nearby city, they are intrigued by a particular fragrance in an Oriental perfume shop, and insist on buying it, even when the saleslady is reluctant to sell it to them. On the train ride home, an accident with the perfume leaves the girls drenched in the stuff, leading a complete stranger to approach Nancy and ask for word from "the chief." After this strange encounter, the girls have their hands full dealing with Millie Burd, a young farm girl come to the city to find work, in order to help her grandmother keep her farm. Hoping to help their new friend, who has had no luck in her job hunt, the girls arrange to spend some time at Red Gate Farm as paying boarders. Here they encounter the strange Black Snake Colony, a supposed nature cult renting part of the farm. The nighttime rituals of the group provide quite a spectacle, but are they simply nature lovers, or is something more sinister going on...?

This being a Nancy Drew novel, the answer is clearly the latter, and our intrepid heroine loses no time in diving in, soon finding that her mysterious experiences with the Oriental perfume are related to The Secret of Red Gate Farm. I read the original 1931 version of the book, reprinted in facsimile by Applewood Books, and the cover artwork by Russell H. Tandy - long-time illustrator of the original series - had me doing a double-take. The white-sheet-clad figures on the front immediately made me think of the Ku Klux Klan, who would have been active at the time of publication, but as it turns out, they are members of the aforementioned nature cult, out and about enacting their sham rituals on the hillside, in order to convince the local country folk that they are eccentric cultists, rather than a ring of counterfeiters. Leaving aside that issue, I found this an enjoyable addition to the series, although the developments were telegraphed ahead of time so thoroughly that little of it was a surprise. It was a surprise, on the other hand, to see that although one of the villains was a mixed-race Asian girl named Yvonne Wong, there was no overt racism directed at her. The narrative isn't complimentary, of course - Nancy thinks she is flashy and ill-bred, as her female adversaries inevitably are - but there is no commentary specifically related to her background. This was a pleasant anomaly, as I find that these original Nancy Drew titles have far more objectionable content than the revised versions from the 1950s and 60s - versions still available today. All in all, a fun little romp, recommended to fans of Nancy Drew. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 5, 2020 |
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Tandy, Russell H.Il·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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"That Oriental-looking clerk in the perfume shop certainly acted mysterious," Bess Marvin declared, as she and her two friends ended their shopping trip and hurried down the street to the railroad station.
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