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Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
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Sep 08, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: childrens
Read in March, 2009

Read it to my nine-year-old daughter before bedtime. It took us months to get through, but we both enjoyed it a great deal. I'm not sure what's so engaging about it; the story moves very slowly, but it gives a window into the adventures of four English children on a holiday during World War I. I think Ransome does an incredible job painting a realistic yet appealing world you want to live in. It's also an interesting window into early twentieth century British life. Of course it so far pre-dates the politically correct movement that it's hardly culturally sensitive, but overall a fun read. We've started the second book in the series...

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