Anna Fynn Message Board
Nigel C. Fortune posts on 1/3/2009 8:05:23 PM
Hi, yes there is a picture of Fynn but you cant post links on here, so search for Finchden Manor and you will find it. Fynn's real name was Sydney Hopkins.
farrah posts on 1/2/2009 11:46:23 PM
she lived a short life,but she lived it to the fullest.i wished theres a picture of her,as well as picture of fynn.Is there an existing picture of them?
Nigel C. Fortune posts on 1/2/2009 7:49:58 AM
Yes this story really did happen. Anna lived with Sydney Hopkins (Fynn) in Bethnal Green between roughly 1935 and 1938 when she died. She is said to be buried in the East London Cemetery at Plaistow which is now very very big. Her grave is unmarked though as described at the end of the book.
farrah posts on 1/2/2009 7:32:14 AM
i found the book in the bookstore half price,and i was there just to wait for my sister.while leaning over to the file of bargain books,i was kinda scanning some books.when this book caught my attention,i was deeply moved just by reading the introduction.then read it with full of interest,it never let go of my hand,.and when the person that i waited came,i bought it and reading it at home...if theres a doubt about the authencity of the book.if its true story or not.the thing is,it is a book that youll going to love..you will find yourself examining the inner part of you,thinking about the life profoundly..when i was 4 years old i remember a lot of things,like anna who constanly roaming alone with herself just to find some answers to herslf..that is really possible.with anna she just found a good companion,thats why she can speak her mind .fynn is not a common adult.
NightWizard posts on 5/21/2008 12:22:53 AM
Hey I did that onetime! this noisy pigeon was up on my roof getting ready to build a nest and I thought 'oh no you don't' so I went to the edge of my roof near the stairs and put my cat up on top, I knew it would be just enough to convince the bird to find another location, my cat came down again when she by climbed the very near cherry tree that she always used to go on the roof anyhow! it had to be done just one more time the next day and the pigeon didn't come back again after that!
Joyce posts on 5/11/2008 10:50:06 AM
Nigel...Well, what can I say? Looks like I certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons! I suppose it's a lot better than apathy eh? (No Nigel, I am not acusing you of apathy, cross my heart! hahahaha) I have enjoyed this little discussion, which sadly looks like it is going to go nowhere... So, Anna, Fynn...goodnight, God Bless and don't let the bedbugs bite! If I was wrong..please forgive me. If I was right....it doesn't really matter at all does it?" I am moving on to the "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili"...and beginning to wish I had not! The sweet and simple are always the best, believe me! xx
NightWizard posts on 4/30/2008 3:08:29 AM
I don't know why the American forward to MGTIA excludes the forward by Mr. Sproxton? I thought it was an excellent introduction! It also changed the words "fag papers" to "cigarette papers" seems silly as all other UK sayings stayed intact and the book is otherwise the same though the cover is white with a simple coloured sketch of little girl and man marching off hand in hand into a sunset or sunrise, faces not shown! I lean towards calling the story true, no I don't buy some of it, but Fynn constantly wrote as man affectionately recalling someone special for that he deserves a supreme ultimate actors award if it were not true,I don't see Fynn as a great fabricator nor do I see him as devoid of imagination, I only suspect he had someone in mind when he wrote, he obviously loved this little girl he called Anna, and I would too what with her goings on about her Mr. God and her cute little accent, I would eat her all up!
Nigel C. Fortune. posts on 4/29/2008 7:49:55 PM
Hi Nightwizard, i live in the UK and didnt realise that the US or other non-UK editions of the book had different introductions or forwards. I can see how not reading the detailed introduction by Vernon Sproxton would mean a whole different perspective to the reader,on the truth behind Mister God This Is Anna. As far as i know, he is the man who first saw the manuscripts for the book in the early seventies that Fynn presented to him. But anyway my viewpoint on the truth (or otherwise) of the story behind the book can be summed up as this; Fynn decides to write a book about events that happpened 30 years ago in his life. If anyone was to try and do this, then the results would be very similar to those in MGTIA. Trying to recall events that happened 30 years ago will, to the reader, i think bring questions of whether or not the events really happened. no matter what the scenario of the story.
NightWizard posts on 4/28/2008 5:57:11 PM
A couple of points here, I live in Canada and we have pretty much equal mix of both the British Imports of MGTIA and The USA editions, the American editions don't have the forward by Mr. Vernon Sproxton and do not go into speculation on how true the book might be except to to state that "The story is true, >in so far as< he took her home to live with him when she was four years old" in that the USA version for all it's worth is saying that this event happened, but there are many, many events in the Anna/Fynn books and it's up to you how many and which ones you feel must be true in order to qualify this as a true story? Here's a good comparison, Author Whitley Strieber who was a writer of science fiction books claims to have been abducted by Aliens, The Cartoon 'South Park' made a joke about that and all manner of disputes over the whole matter ensued, But Whitley also wrote some Alien Encounter fiction books in the years since these events allegedly occurred, he openly admits to being inspired by what he claims are "true events" so I what I am saying is do the Anna/Fynn books have to be fiction or non fiction? can they be both? To me this really seems like the most logical scenario, I tend to lean towards calling the story true in that If Fynn had this little girl on some level as I strongly suspect, then I'm sure he loved her and there is no stronger truth than that! but that is just the way I feel and my truth does not have to be your truth!
Nigel C. Fortune. posts on 4/28/2008 5:16:38 PM
Hi Joyce, i apologise for saying you were calling Fynn a liar in your posts. Indeed you don't say that at any point. Its just that i feel very defensive towards this book as it had such a profound effect on my life when i first read it. I have never come across someone who thought this book was a work of fiction before so i was pretty shocked, and was just trying to put my view-points across. All the best. :}
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