This post was written by Friday blogger Annie Reid.
The Guardian’s Nicolas Lezard pays homage to Paddington books and their hero, the immigrant bear who fusses over the price of buns and opera glasses.
Paddington’s phenomenal success is down largely to the serene unobjectionableness of this Candidean bear. Seek in vain here for subtexts, dark undercurrents, and significant symbolism — unless it is to note, in passing, that Paddington is both an exile and an orphan.
As a personal aside, Candidean or no, I blame Paddington bear for my addition of the letter “u” to the words “color” and “humor” until I was well into my twenties.