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Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
Swallows and Amazons
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A master storyteller, sympathetically in touch with real children and their interests, has created characters who are accepted as friends by children everywhere, not to mention plots which are eminently plausible and unexpected.' SUNDAY TIMES, in an article listing Swallows and Amazons among '99... show more
A master storyteller, sympathetically in touch with real children and their interests, has created characters who are accepted as friends by children everywhere, not to mention plots which are eminently plausible and unexpected.' SUNDAY TIMES, in an article listing Swallows and Amazons among '99 Best Books for Children.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780224606318 (022460631X)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Series: Swallows and Amazons (#1)
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MostlyDelores
MostlyDelores rated it
5.0 Swallows and Amazons
I grew up reading Enid Blyton -- The Famous Five, The (whatever) of Adventure, lashings of boarding school stories (see what I did there?) -- I loved the hearty, rosy-cheeked English children with their pluck and their tinned pineapple and potted meat sandwiches (I was mostly too young to catch all ...
Andrea K Höst
Andrea K Höst rated it
4.0 Swallows and Amazons
BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERSIF NOT DUFFERS WONT DROWN.Thus permission is given for four children, the youngest aged seven, to take the sailing boat "Swallow" and camp on an island near their summer holiday home. This is a story of being explorers: Captain, Mate, Able-seaman, and Ship's Boy. Of Amaz...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
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 fi...
meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it
I'm taking it that this is a beloved children's book in England, given that it made it onto the BBC's Big Read list. I don't really see it. It was fine, but it didn't have the magic of some other great British children's books. Not a patch on Enid Blyton, for instance.Four children convince their mo...
Allusion is not Illusion
Allusion is not Illusion rated it
4.0
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 h...
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