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Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Swallows and Amazons (1930)

by Arthur Ransome

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Series: Swallows and Amazons (1)

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    Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome (rakerman)
    rakerman: If you enjoyed Swallows and Amazons, you should enjoy Swallowdale, as it is a direct sequel with the same characters, set one year later.
  2. 30
    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (rakerman)
    rakerman: Both Swallows and Amazons and The Wind in the Willows are classic stories for children that involve boating and adventures.
  3. 41
    The far-distant Oxus by Katharine Hull (Aquila)
    Aquila: Written by two school girls, and recommended for publishing by Arthur Ransome, holidays with ponies and rafts, a lovely read.
  4. 20
    Cargo of Horses by Monica Edwards (Aquila)
  5. 21
    The Island of Adventure by Enid Blyton (LucyClements)
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    The Wouldbegoods: Being the Further Adventures of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit (HollyMS)
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    The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit (HollyMS)
  8. 11
    Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton (thesmellofbooks)
    thesmellofbooks: Both books have a benign sense of human nature and a love of the outdoors. Both teach lots of interesting things about what the kids are doing as well as entertain. S&A teaches sailing craft, for the most part, and TLS teaches woodcraft. (Don't be put off by the "savages". The book is respectful; the language is dated.)… (more)

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A family of children go sailing in the Lake District in the summer of 1929, camping on an island in the lake while their mother stays on the shore.

I really loved these books as a child and however much one might look askance at some of the themes which were "of their time" (explorers and natives/savages), re-reading it now does have a certain nostalgic value, remembering a time when children were not so closely supervised and organised. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Feb 15, 2019 |
This audiobook was very entertaining. I wish I had discovered this book when I was a child - I loved this kind of kids-on-an-adventure story when I was young. Reading it as an adult was still enjoyable. Imaginative kids spending time camping and sailing from a little lake island on their summer holiday. Really fun, and the audio was great! ( )
  sprainedbrain | Jul 3, 2018 |
Wonderful. ( )
  thewriterswife | Mar 26, 2018 |
It took me a really long time to get into this. I enjoyed it eventually, but it was a let down because this is one of those big names in kidlit and I ought to have loved it. ( )
  lydiasbooks | Jan 17, 2018 |
A great book, and no doubt a great series, for the right age group- are there kids who still read books, and books about another time and place? ( )
  laursand | Dec 10, 2017 |
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It is easily imaginable that "Swallows and Amazons" attained its special quality of happiness in its author's mind when, as correspondent to the London Daily News and the Manchester Guardian, he was living through the tragedies of the Front or exploring the chaos of revolutionary Russia. For here is everything that the Front was not and that Russia is not - peace, innocence, family life at its loveliest, laughter and security.

The story is plotted so slightly that the American boy, weaned on "westerns," may turn up his nose at such a low-pitched tale. It will be his loss. Four children go camping on an island in one of the English lakes. Two rival campers - girls, at that - appear, and joyfully agree on war.

But Mr. Ransome has marshalled many aides. First, a reality of scene. As in Defoe, no detail is too insignificant to gloss over, yet the itemizing never grows wearisome, and a store of handy things to know about sailing is secreted in the pages. Second, a reality of characters. They are born alive and do not have to be described.

"Swallows and Amazons" will gain by being read aloud. The child who hears will live gaily, whether on Wild Cat Island or in Octopus Lagoon, while the parent who reads will remember idyllic hours. For this book is both silvery present and golden retrospect. ...

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ransome, Arthurprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Armstrong, GarethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Štěpánek, B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Černý, JanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baloghy, MáriaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blackett, NancyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burian, ZdeněkIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carter, HeleneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gil, FabioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guillemot, G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Henke, Jancover bysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jennings, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lhoták, KamilIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Li, Hsing ChinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mathiesen, Axelcover bysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Omer, DevorahTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palosuo, MainiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rotgans, H.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salač, Antonín LudvíkIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sørensen, KaiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spurrier, StephenMaps drawn bysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ster, Jacobus van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes,
He stared at the Pacific -- and all his men
Looked at each other with a wild surmise --
Silent, upon a peak in Darien."

Chapter I - The peak in Darien.
"What care I for a goose-feather bed,
With the sheet turned down so bravely, O?
For to-night I shall sleep in the cold open field
Along with the wraggle-taggle gipsies, O!"

Chapter II - Making ready.
"There were three sailors of Bristol City
Who took a boat and went to sea;
But first with beef and captain's biscuits
And pickled pork they loaded she"

Chapter III - The voyage to the island.
"Then, having washed the blood away, we'd little else to do
Than to dance a quiet hornpipe as the old salts taught us to."

Chapter XXVII - The battle in Houseboat Bay.
For the six for whom it was written, in exchange for a pair of slippers.
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Roger, aged seven, and no longer the youngest of the family, ran in wide zigzags, to and fro, across the steep field that sloped up from the lake to Holly Howe, the farm where they were staying for part of the summer holidays.
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This record is for the original work, Swallows and Amazons (Jonathan Cape, 1930), and still in print. Also translations and unabridged audiobooks. Please do not combine with extracts, or with The Swallows and the Amazons (Amazon Publications, 1997), a limited edition annotated transcript of an early draft of S&A.
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To John, Susan, Titty and Roger, simply being allowed to use the boat to go camping on the island is adventure enough. But they soon find themselves under attack from the fierce Amazon Pirates, Nancy and Peggy. And so begins a summer of battles, alliances, exploration and discovery.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 087923573X, Paperback)

This is the first title in Arthur Ransom's classic serires, originally published in 1930, for children and grownups. This first book introduces the Walker family and the camp on Wild Cat Island.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:37 -0400)

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The crew of the Swallow spend an adventurous summer on an English lake.

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