Read ✓ Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1) By Arthur Ransome – Sigilo.us

Read ✓ Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1)  By Arthur Ransome – Sigilo.us
  • Paperback
  • 315 pages
  • Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1)
  • Arthur Ransome
  • English
  • 21 September 2018
  • 087923573X

Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1) The First Title In Arthur Ransome S Classic Series, Originally Published In For Children, For Grownups, For Anyone Captivated By The World Of Adventure And Imagination Swallows And S Introduces The Lovable Walker Family, The Camp On Wild Cat Island, The Able Bodied Catboat Swallow, And The Two Intrepid S, Nancy And Peggy Blackett

Arthur Michell Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and educated in Windermere and Rugby His family spent their summers at Nibthwaite, to the south of Coniston Water.In 1902, Ransome abandoned a chemistry degree to become a publisher s office boy in London He used this precarious existence to practise writing, producing several minor works before Bohemia in London 1907 , a study of London s artist Arthur Michell Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and educated in Windermere and Rugby His family spent their summers at Nibthwaite, to the south of Coniston Water.In 1902, Ransome abandoned a chemistry degree to become a publisher s office boy in London He used this precarious existence to practise writing, producing several minor works before Bohemia in London 1907 , a study of London s artistic scene and his first significant book.An interest in folklore, together with a desire to escape an unhappy first marriage, led Ransome to St Petersburg, where he was ideally placed to observe and report on the Russian Revolution He knew many of the leading Bolsheviks, including Lenin, Radek, Trotsky and the latter s secretary, Evgenia Shvelpina These contacts led to persistent but unproven accusations that he spied for both the Bolsheviks and Britain.Ransome married Evgenia and returned to England in 1924 Settling in the Lake District, he spent the late 1920s as a foreign correspondent and highly respected angling columnist for the Manchester Guardian, before settling down to write Swallows and s and its successors.Today Ransome is best known for his Swallows and s series of novels, 1931 1947 All remain in print and have been widely translated.Arthur Ransome died in June 1967 and is buried at Rusland in the Lake District

10 thoughts on “Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1)

  1. says:

    Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003 Swallows and s, despite it being a popular old fashioned children s book that almost every adult in England would have read, has never been on my radar and I don t think I d ever even heard of it before I imagine it s because some people think that Titty would make me laugh there was a titter, but I am English.There s not a lot I can really say about this book, despite giving it five stars Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003 Swallows and s, despite it being a popular old fashioned children s book that almost every adult in England would have read, has never been on my radar and I don t think I d ever even heard of it before I imagine it s because some people think that Titty would make me laugh there was a titter, but I am English.There s not a lot I can really say about this book, despite giving it five stars It was just written so well and simply that I could not find many faults The flow of the book was almost perfect and we went from one day on Wild Cat Island with the children to the next with ease All the elements were pretty simple, but it just worked.The plot and writing may have been very simple but they were very effective It is a book to be read at ease It will not challenge your mind and it probably won t make you think except about the atrocious manner in which we fear leaving our children alone for even five minutes, not because we are uptight but because it is easier to be a monster now and it definitely won t tax you mentally It is simply a great adventure novel for children.A small note on why it was not five stars because I know how precious we find them and seriously we take ratings and that s because it simply did not give me the five star feeling I ve felt it before and I ll feel it again, but it wasn t here.Blog Instagram Twitter Pinterest Shop Etsy

  2. says:

    This was a book that I never took to as a child The sailing, the fantasy of being an explorer, making camps on islands or lake shores were appealing, but maybe too alien and unreal for an inner city child who occasionally got to go out on the row boats in London parks, or maybe it was simply the kind of childhood that I would have wanted as a child cooped up in a flat with no garden and cruelly forbidden from thundering down the stairs like an elephant as my mother would have it, despite her This was a book that I never took to as a child The sailing, the fantasy of being an explorer, making camps on islands or lake shores were appealing, but maybe too alien and unreal for an inner city child who occasionally got to go out on the row boats in London parks, or maybe it was simply the kind of childhood that I would have wanted as a child cooped up in a flat with no garden and cruelly forbidden from thundering down the stairs like an elephant as my mother would have it, despite her lack of acquaintance with domesticated elephants, but didn t have safer to leave the book on the shelf rather than feel disappointed.However there was a time when I had a compass that I carried about whenever I could view spoiler I still have the compass, it doesn t stop me from getting lost hide spoiler and a big ungainly multi functional penknife that I insisted on using to eat with The age when simple tools or perhaps ridiculously impractical tools like that are exciting is the age that this book was written for.It is a wholesome story of children having boat related adventures in the English Lake District in the circa 1930 Children camp out on island, make friends and war with other children as well as having difficulties that are resolved with the adult world Sadly the political adventures of Arthur Randsome s earlier life in newly Bolshevik Russia don t play a part but you can t have everything, well certainly not in 1930.Reading as an adult I felt there was enough humour for any grown up to enjoy while reading it aloud for the younger non reader, the technical vocabulary might be stretching that s not necessarily a bad thing, but worried adults may wish to prepare themselves in advance of any questions On the plus side gender is less of an issue than one might fear given its vintage, the girls handle boats and make camp too, take the lead in searching for buried treasure, save the day, win the battle on a couple of occasions and also play at being Robinson Crusoe The earnestness of the children is a delight

  3. says:

    I feel like I heard about this book throughout my childhood I believe that the author wrote the introduction to one of my favorite childhood books, The Far Distant Oxus, which was heavily influenced by this book , but I never came across a copy I finally got around to reading itI do wish I d read it as a child, and I hope that kids today are reading it although they probably aren t It s the sort of book that just doesn t seem to get published today.Four young siblings ask permission to c I feel like I heard about this book throughout my childhood I believe that the author wrote the introduction to one of my favorite childhood books, The Far Distant Oxus, which was heavily influenced by this book , but I never came across a copy I finally got around to reading itI do wish I d read it as a child, and I hope that kids today are reading it although they probably aren t It s the sort of book that just doesn t seem to get published today.Four young siblings ask permission to camp out on an island in a lake during their summer vacation They do so, meet a couple of other children, and play at piracy It s an ode to imagination and summer idylls but what s striking about it is its clear intention to inspire I liked all the details that make the reader feel fully equipped to do all the things the characters are shown doing The author accomplishes this without ever being patronizing or detracting from the flow of the story.These are very, very good children They are responsible, thoughtful and obedient I thought they could ve had a little bitmischief or something I think the goody goody aspect is why this didn t quite make it up to 5 stars But most of all, they are self reliant and capable Their parents recognize that for children to learn, you have to let them off a leash and supervise from a distance There is none of the gender bias that one might expect from a book published in 1930 OK, except for the mother asking the absent military father s permission before giving her blessing to the expedition but getting both parents approval for a major undertaking isn t that unreasonable No, not every child has the luxury of having this kind of summer vacation but every child can dream about having their own boat to play pirates with and every child can be inspired by the practical skills that these kids incorporate into their adventures The book doesn t even feel dated with one exception tent technology sure has progressed since the 1930s even since the 1970s

  4. says:

    I wrote a review of this and it disappeared It was a good review, too, nicely scathing about the tedium and the kids playing with matches and ending with a reference to Heart of Darkness as a metaphor for British colonialism.That it disappeared only solidifies in my mind the idea that it was the finest review I ve ever written, or ever will write Boring bloody slog will have to serve.Library copy.

  5. says:

    They sail around in boats and have jolly good fun I am amazed how little I remember about this book, which I know I read when I was about nine Some of the things I read then I can recall in fair detail, and for many others there are still key scenes or plot elements that stay sharp This one total blank Sorry, Mr Ransome Maybe aliens have operated on my brain.

  6. says:

    The book that truly made me fall in love with books How I longed to be part of that little gang with freedom, boats, picnics, adventures etc.I vividly recall passing my 11 exam those of you of a certain age will understand and my parents buying me a proper typewriter How I adored that machine I used to sit at my desk typing out great chunks of this book No idea quite why I did so, but I can only assume it was bound up with my love for it.

  7. says:

    This is a superficially simple tale about four siblings spending a week camping on a small island They meet two local sisters and play pirates with them I m sure if I had read it as a child myself I would have loved the concept As an adult I found it a little hard to get into at first Not much happens actionwise in the first half of the book The kids set up camp and we get a lot of useful information about boating However, as the days pass and the characters personalities becamedeve This is a superficially simple tale about four siblings spending a week camping on a small island They meet two local sisters and play pirates with them I m sure if I had read it as a child myself I would have loved the concept As an adult I found it a little hard to get into at first Not much happens actionwise in the first half of the book The kids set up camp and we get a lot of useful information about boating However, as the days pass and the characters personalities becamedeveloped, I found myself really liking them and enjoying their immersion in their imaginations They are mature and resourceful in ways that are believable for their ages, and sometimes make mistakes I particularly liked how well the kids get along, something siblings hardly ever seem to do in contemporary stories for children

  8. says:

    My daughter Arwen always loved this book, and I found her a copy from 1939 this year for Christmas So of course I read it.It s among the most charming childrens books I ve ever read It has a marvelous blending of real life and imagination and I m sure it was an inspiration to CS Lewis for his Narnia books Though they soon go off into a purely imaginative land, they begin in a world where a wardrobe can be a doorway to another world Swallows and s is like that, about the way that chi My daughter Arwen always loved this book, and I found her a copy from 1939 this year for Christmas So of course I read it.It s among the most charming childrens books I ve ever read It has a marvelous blending of real life and imagination and I m sure it was an inspiration to CS Lewis for his Narnia books Though they soon go off into a purely imaginative land, they begin in a world where a wardrobe can be a doorway to another world Swallows and s is like that, about the way that children can wrap a cloak of imagination around their activities.But the book and, I imagine, its sequels are also immensely practical, filled with cleverly inserted information about sailing technique, how to camp out, and how to be resourceful.Truly lovely.Up there with Anne of Green Gables as one of the great childrens books of all time, I think

  9. says:

    Remember the first time I read this book, it was in reading class when I was about 10 years old40 years ago Man how time flies I distinctly remember about thirty in the class, mixed boys and girls and how exited we were to have our turn to read a paragraph I remember the story was used a lot when I was in primary school We went to Botley camp in Somerset and there must of been 80 children from different schools and only 6 teachers to look after us Oh The nostalgia We actually reenacted Remember the first time I read this book, it was in reading class when I was about 10 years old40 years ago Man how time flies I distinctly remember about thirty in the class, mixed boys and girls and how exited we were to have our turn to read a paragraph I remember the story was used a lot when I was in primary school We went to Botley camp in Somerset and there must of been 80 children from different schools and only 6 teachers to look after us Oh The nostalgia We actually reenacted the story and dressed up, made bows and arrows, split into two huge groups and had sooooo Much fun How the teachers pulled it off was a miracle I suppose forty years ago life wasromantic and innocent back then Oh And at the end of the day we had a huge fire and barbecue Everybody sat around the fire singing camp songsthat is camp as in camping out in the woods songs not this modern take on the English language He He

  10. says:

    This book is somewhat magical it takes you back to a time when not only childhood wasinnocent and carefree but life and the world itselfwholesome and adventurous If I could choose any decade in which to live, the 20s would probably be first or second choice and Swallows s is testament to that The whole novel is a mix of childhood delight in the power of imagination and the timeless appeal of the great outdoors I think a lot of its charm comes from the fact that this This book is somewhat magical it takes you back to a time when not only childhood wasinnocent and carefree but life and the world itselfwholesome and adventurous If I could choose any decade in which to live, the 20s would probably be first or second choice and Swallows s is testament to that The whole novel is a mix of childhood delight in the power of imagination and the timeless appeal of the great outdoors I think a lot of its charm comes from the fact that this is not just a book written in the era of sailing boats and genuine global exploration, it is a book written from the child s perspective of these exciting things, thus romanticising it all theIt s only when you think that the kids in the book would all be in their early 90s now that you realise those times aren t all that far away there are people alive that will have grown up like this Thereby making it all theagonising that such antics just don t seem achieveable these days Camping out alone on an island alone, in charge of a sailing boat and being allowed to charge about pretending to be piratesfantastic.This is a kid s book but lord knows how they re expected to get through 418 pages while keeping their attention span In a way though the length is the only deviation from the fact that this isn t principally aimed at adults For instance, in terms of the language, sentences are sometimes unintentionally humourous with their non sequiters it is isn t unusual for a chapter to end with a random utterance from a character like I m tired , said John I don t know if kids these days would get the language and terms of reference so in a way, Swallows s has almost become a book that is best read by adults I hasten to add though, that this is truly a shame because it is an absolutely splendid immersive experience.All in all, it makes one ache for not only the simpler times of childhood but the simpler times of the early 20th century The fun had by the characters in this book is, I ll wager, a thousand times greater than any contemporary young fiction Must read

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