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Arthur Ransome (1884–1967)

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Children's author Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds, England on January 18, 1884. As a child, he spent many vacations sailing, camping, and exploring the countryside in England's Lake Country. He studied chemistry for one year at Yorkshire College before dropping out to become a writer. He worked näytä lisää for a London publisher and then for the Manchester Guardian newspaper. He wrote his first book, Bohemia in London, in 1907 and went to study folklore in Russia in 1913. In 1916, he published Old Peter's Russian Tales, a collection of 21 folktales. During World War I, he became a reporter for the Daily News and covered the war on the Eastern Front. While in Russia, he also covered the Russian Revolution in 1917. He eventually settled in England's Lake District with his second wife. In 1929, he wrote Swallows and Amazons, which was the first book in his well-know Swallows and Amazons series about children who sail and explore the lakes and mountains of England. He drew inspiration for the books from his own childhood memories. In 1936, he won the Carnegie Medal for children's literature for Pigeon Post. He died on June 3, 1967. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän


Tekijän teokset

Pääskyt ja amatsonit (1930) 3,946 kappaletta, 84 arvostelua
Pääskylaakso (1931) 1,478 kappaletta, 20 arvostelua
Winter Holiday (1933) 1,112 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
Peter Duck (1932) 1,049 kappaletta, 9 arvostelua
We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea (1937) 1,018 kappaletta, 12 arvostelua
Pigeon Post (1936) 974 kappaletta, 18 arvostelua
Coot Club (1934) — Tekijä; Kuvittaja, eräät painokset881 kappaletta, 14 arvostelua
Secret Water (1939) 833 kappaletta, 9 arvostelua
The Picts and the Martyrs (1942) 785 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship (1968) 742 kappaletta, 36 arvostelua
The Big Six (1940) 731 kappaletta, 9 arvostelua
Great Northern? (1947) 717 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
Missee Lee (1941) 694 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
Favorite Russian Fairy Tales (1995) 138 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Racundra's First Cruise (1923) 103 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Coot Club / The big six (1983) 50 kappaletta
Russia in 1919 (1919) 48 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Oscar Wilde : a critical study (1912) 35 kappaletta
Rod and line (1929) 35 kappaletta
Pond and stream (1906) 34 kappaletta
Bohemia in London (1907) 32 kappaletta
We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea [extract] (1937) 26 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Racundra's Third Cruise (2002) 20 kappaletta
The crisis in Russia (1921) 15 kappaletta
Russian Fairy Tales (1946) 13 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Swallows and Amazons Adventures, Part I (2004) 11 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The soldier & Death (1920) 10 kappaletta
A history of story-telling (1909) 9 kappaletta
Mainly About Fishing (1994) 9 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Little Daughter of the Snow (2005) 9 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Revolutionary Russia (1995) 8 kappaletta
Contes des pays de neige (1992) 7 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The child's book of the seasons (1906) 7 kappaletta
Fishing (1955) 5 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The things in our garden (2019) 4 kappaletta
The elixir of life (2018) 4 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The hoofmarks of the faun (1911) 4 kappaletta
The Chinese puzzle (1927) 3 kappaletta
Portraits and Speculations (1913) 3 kappaletta
The twilight years 3 kappaletta
Svalerne går i Land 2 kappaletta
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The Swallows and The Amazons (1997) 2 kappaletta
Stories by the essayists (1909) 2 kappaletta
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A week (1922) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset; Johdanto, eräät painokset6 kappaletta
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Stories by Gustave Flaubert (1910) — Toimittaja; Johdanto — 3 kappaletta
Stories by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann (1817) — Toimittaja — 3 kappaletta
Stories by Daudet and Coppée — Toimittaja — 3 kappaletta
Stories by Chateaubriand (1909) — Toimittaja; Johdanto; Kääntäjä — 2 kappaletta
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Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1908) — Toimittaja — 2 kappaletta
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Stories for girls — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Stories by Edgar Allan Poe (1908) — Toimittaja — 1 kappale
You and your reading — Avustaja, eräät painokset1 kappale
Das Forum, year 4, issue 6 (March 1920) (1920) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Arthur Ransome, Legacy Libraries (elokuu 2013)


This is an old classic of children's literature.

I grew up with Enid Blyton's books, where a group of young children went on holidays on their own, came across some strange going-ons and had adventures, outwitting some hapless criminal gang. I just loved the sense of freedom of those kids, allowed to organize a holiday on their own, their friendship, the thrill of an adventure without adults. Blyton was already writing in 1930, when this book was published, but she still had not started writing adventure books like the ones I have described. I have no doubt that this book influenced her.

However, despite the similarities the style here is different. Swallows and Amazons is written in more complex language, and it describes a more idyllic childhood holiday. It's really enchanting and timeless.

The story begins with a group of siblings vacationing with their mother, their baby sister and the baby's nurse in a house by a lake. Using a spyglass from a nearby hill, the Walker children watch wistfully a small desert island in the middle of the lake. They have asked their mother for permission to take their boat and camp there on their own, and she has agreed provided their father also gives permission. Shortly afterwards, the father's reply comes by telegram, giving permission in this way: "Better drowned than duffers, if not duffers won't drown."

So the children cheer and start preparing. Twelve-year-old John will be the captain; ten-year-old Susan will be ship's mate; eight-year-old Titty will be able-seaman; and seven-year-old Roger will also be allowed to go as ship's boy, provided he listens to his older siblings. Soon afterwards they are sailing in their small sailboat, the Swallow, towards the island. They establish their camp, and soon afterwards they meet a couple of girls who have their own sailboat, the Amazon. Rivals at first, they start a friendly war. The side that is able to capture the enemy's ship wins, and the winning captain will lead the joint navy in a war against the retired pirate who lives on a houseboat on the lake.

The story is filled with the magic, innocence and the joy of childhood. The children are responsible and self-sufficient in their outdoors adventures, but they live in a world of fantasy and games. They are pirates or explorers, as required, and their fantasy world is more real to them than the world of the adults (whom they call "the natives"). They explore their lake, play, learn and have a great time. Nothing much happens apart from their games, although there is a real burglary, but in their minds they have lived the greatest adventures.

The story is a bit slow to begin with, with some difficult sailing vocabulary, but it soon gets very interesting once the competition between the "swallows" and the "amazons" begins. We watch the children making their plans and being outwitted by the other side, only for the competition being decided by a daring and clever action.

Can be enjoyed by children, if it's not too old-fashioned for them, with the freedom given to children and the absence of smartphones, and by adults, who will remember their childhood with nostalgia.
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jcm790 | 83 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 26, 2024 |
I loved [Amazons and Swallows], the first book in the famous children's series by British author, Arthur Ransome. Chronologically this book is second, although it was published third. In hindsight I wish I had read it in publication order, because we learn in [Swallowdale] that [Peter Duck] is a fictional tale written by one of the characters. That goes a long way to explaining some of the things I did not like about it, thinking that it was meant to be realistic.

The children have gathered in Lowestoft to join Captain Flint (Nancy and Peggy's uncle) on the schooner Wild Cat. They meet a crusty old salt named Peter Duck who volunteers to fill in for the other adult who is delayed and can't join them. Peter tells them a yarn about being shipwrecked as a ship's boy and seeing pirates bury treasure at the foot of a palm tree. Excited by the prospect of real buried treasure, Captain Flint and the Swallows and Amazons crew are off for the Caribbees, trailed by the notorious pirate Black Jake and The Viper. Adventures abound and once more the children must rely on their wits and each other as they sail across the Atlantic.

Although the middle of the book dragged a bit, the action in the last third is nonstop excitement. I look forward to returning to England and the adventures of the Swallows and Amazon in a more realistic setting.
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labfs39 | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 3, 2024 |
I liked it, it was a fun read. There was A LOT of boating terminology, which I don't understand; at first it wasn't so bad, but I found myself having to skim entire paragraphs that were simply describing how parts of the boat were working. For this I'm knocking off a star because it really did take up quite a lot of the book. Aside from that I found the plot and writing charming.
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blueskygreentrees | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 4, 2024 |
The Walker children (John, Susan, Titty and Roger) are on school holiday in the Lake District and are sailing a borrowed catboat named "Swallow," when they meet the Blackett children (Nancy and Peggy), who sail the boat, "Amazon." The children camp together on Wild Cat Island where a plot is hatched against the Blackett's Uncle Jim who is too busy writing his memoirs to be disturbed.

Fireworks--literally--ensue along with a dangerous contest, a run-in with houseboat burglars, and the theft of Uncle Jim's manuscript. How all this is resolved makes for an exciting and very satisfying story.… (lisätietoja)
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PlumfieldCH | 83 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 28, 2023 |



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