Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons #1)
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Swallows and Amazons, 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. ...more
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.
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.
I 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 ...more
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.
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 Amazons is like that, about the way that chi ...more
I never read Arthur Ransome until a few ...more
In this first book of the series, the Walker children's father gives permission for them to spend the summer camping out and sailing in the Lake District of England. They expect to spend their time exploring, making maps, improving their sailing skills - and do not expect pirates or rivalry from others on the lake!
I recently tried to read this aloud to my nephew. I found that really did not work because there was too much nature and sail ...more
Now we have a 10 year old and we are enjoying reading the series out loud with her as well. She claims they're her favorite books (and to have unseated Harry Potter in that position is high praise from her indeed).
I do think they take a special kid or an adult with the right frame of mind to enjoy. Knowledge of sailing terminology is helpful. The plot doesn't move ...more
John, Susan, Titty and Roger have gone to stay in the Lake country for the Summer with their mother while their father is away at sea. When they discover an island on the lake, they beg their mother to allow them to camp on the island for the remainder of the Summer holidays. So sailing out in the boat named "Swallow" they soon find that the island is not as uninhabited as they ...more
Four children are on vacation with their mother. They've asked permission to take a boat out to a nearby island, and their absentee father grants it. The swallows, named after their ship the Swallow, set out and soon encounter a houseboat with a cranky "pirate," and another child-captained ship, the Amazon. The two tomboys on it become friends and play-adversaries to the swallows over the seven days they sp ...more
Consisting of four children, the youngest seven, sailing out to an island and camping there without adult supervision. They meet other children (their boat is the Swallow, and the others' the Amazon, hence the title) , sail about playing explorer, and stumble onto some moments of high drama. Involves charcoal burners, toffee, a parrot, being at war, using lanterns, cooking scrambled eggs over the fire, having an odd birthday party, and more.
Arthur Ransome wrote a sweet book here of his adventures of a short summer vacation living on an island in a lake off the English coast as children. I loved how his mother set it all up for the neighbors to keep watch on the kids without interfering. I'm a much more fearful mother and was wondering throughout the whole book if I could let my kids do what they did. I loved the make-believe. I loved their knowledge ...more
Now, revisiting it as an adult, I'm still delighted, enthral ...more
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS is the fiirst book in a good, old-fashioned English juvenile series penned by Arthur Ransome and published in 193O. The book is a relaxing, realistic fiction read though it is somewhat dated and rather slow-paced for readers from our fast-paced age of television, film, and technology.
Swallows is the name of a sailboat used by the Walker children (John, Susan, Titty, and Roger), the main characters who are spending the summer at a large lake with their mother and toddler s ...more
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS FOREVER!!
Set in the Lake District of England in August, 1929, this timeless book of adventure features four children of the Walker family (John, Susan, Titty and Roger) who are given permission to sail to a small island and set up camp for a few days. They do everything by the book, writing the ship's articles and naming captain, first mate, etc. They make copious lists of supplies and mother makes the tents.
The four ...more
I first came across Swallows and Amazons as a child and really enjoyed it, as a result I believe I borrowed the other books in the series from the library as fast as I could read them! Reading it again as an adult was fun and brought back many fond memories of the four children and their adventures on Wild Cat Island. The book was published in 1930 and was inspired by the author Arthur Ransome teaching the children of his friends, the Altounyans to sail one su ...more
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 ...more