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Arthur Ransome (1884–1967)

Autor(a) de Swallows and Amazons

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos


Obras de Arthur Ransome

Swallows and Amazons (1930) 3,896 cópias
Swallowdale (1931) — Ilustrador, algumas edições1,463 cópias
Winter Holiday (1933) 1,099 cópias
Peter Duck : a treasure hunt in the Caribbees (1932) — Autor; Ilustrador, algumas edições1,035 cópias
We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea (1937) 1,007 cópias
Pigeon Post (1936) — Ilustrador, algumas edições962 cópias
Coot Club (1934) — Autor; Ilustrador, algumas edições875 cópias
Secret Water (1939) 826 cópias
The Picts and the Martyrs (1942) 772 cópias
The Big Six (1940) 722 cópias
Great Northern? (1947) 710 cópias
Missee Lee (1941) 683 cópias
Old Peter's Russian Tales (1916) 335 cópias
Favorite Russian Fairy Tales (1995) 136 cópias
Racundra's First Cruise (1923) 102 cópias
Coot Club / The big six (1983) 50 cópias
Russia in 1919 (1919) 48 cópias
Rod and line (1929) 35 cópias
Pond and stream (1906) 33 cópias
Bohemia in London (1907) 32 cópias
Racundra's Third Cruise (2002) 20 cópias
The crisis in Russia (1921) 15 cópias
Russian Fairy Tales (1946) 13 cópias
The soldier & Death (1920) 10 cópias
A history of story-telling (1909) 9 cópias
Mainly About Fishing (1994) 9 cópias
Little Daughter of the Snow (2005) 8 cópias
Revolutionary Russia (1992) 8 cópias
Contes des pays de neige (1955) 7 cópias
Fishing (1955) 5 cópias
The things in our garden (1906) 4 cópias
The elixir of life (2018) 4 cópias
The hoofmarks of the faun (1911) 4 cópias
The Chinese puzzle (1927) 3 cópias
Portraits and Speculations (1913) 3 cópias
Stories by the essayists (1909) 2 cópias
Wyspa krabów 1 exemplar(es)
Salt 1 exemplar(es)
Pigeon post [abridged audiobook] (2008) 1 exemplar(es)
Peter Duck [abridged audiobook] (2007) 1 exemplar(es)
The blue treacle (1993) 1 exemplar(es)
The stone lady 1 exemplar(es)
[Unknown] 1 exemplar(es)
Drawn at a venture 1 exemplar(es)
Fair cops and glowworms (2011) 1 exemplar(es)
ATONEMENT, THE 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Snow Child (2012) — Contribuinte, algumas edições4,580 cópias
Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling (2017) — Ilustrador, algumas edições559 cópias
Mademoiselle de Scudéri (1819) — Tradutor, algumas edições470 cópias
Sailing alone around the world, and Voyage of the Liberdade (1948) — Introdução, algumas edições129 cópias
The Far Distant Oxus (1937) — Prefácio, algumas edições117 cópias
Folk and Fairy Tales (Childcraft) (1949) — Contribuinte — 79 cópias
Stories for Seven Year Olds (1964) — Contribuinte — 72 cópias
Key Words Reading Scheme: The Open Door to Reading (1967) — Contribuinte — 50 cópias
Nine Witch Tales (1968) — Contribuinte — 42 cópias
A Golden Land (1958) — Contribuinte — 42 cópias
Tellers of tales (1946) — Contribuinte, algumas edições41 cópias
A Night in the Luxembourg (1912) — Translator/Preface/Appendix, algumas edições40 cópias
The cruise of the Teddy (1933) — Introdução, algumas edições39 cópias
Adventures Among Books (1901) — Contribuinte, algumas edições38 cópias
The Cruise of the Alerte (1890) — Introdução, algumas edições34 cópias
The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy" (1867) — Introdução, algumas edições33 cópias
Down Channel (1869) — Biographical foreword, algumas edições33 cópias
Witches, Witches, Witches (1958) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
Swallows and Amazons [2016 film] (2016) — Original book — 29 cópias
The Cruise of the Kate (1953) — Introdução, algumas edições24 cópias
Tales of Dungeons and Dragons (1986) — Contribuinte — 24 cópias
The Falcon on the Baltic (1888) — Introdução, algumas edições21 cópias
Annual Macabre 1998 (1998) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
The wind in the sails (1948) — Tradutor, algumas edições12 cópias
A Second Storyteller's Choice (1965) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Tales (1978) — Editor, algumas edições12 cópias
The Country Child (1992) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
The book of the fly-rod (1921) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
A week (1922) — Tradutor, algumas edições; Introdução, algumas edições6 cópias
Interviews given to foreign correspondents (1970) — Interviewer — 6 cópias
Chosen for Children (1957) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Stories by Théophile Gautier (1836) — Editor — 5 cópias
Writing Books for Boys and Girls (1952) — Contribuinte, algumas edições5 cópias
The constant fisherman (1957) — Prefácio, algumas edições4 cópias
Stories by Prosper Mérimée (1908) — Editor — 4 cópias
The Cremona Violin (1817) — Tradutor, algumas edições4 cópias
Stories by Gustave Flaubert (1910) — Editor; Introdução — 3 cópias
Stories by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann (1817) — Editor — 3 cópias
Stories by Daudet and Coppée — Editor — 3 cópias
Stories by Chateaubriand (1909) — Editor; Introdução; Tradutor — 2 cópias
The Children's Own Treasure Book (1947) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
F. W. Hirst by his friends (1958) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1908) — Editor — 2 cópias
Stories by Honoré de Balzac (1909) — Editor — 2 cópias
The dream garden : a children's annual (1905) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Stories by Cervantes (1909) — Editor; Editor — 2 cópias
Mixed moss, vol. 1, no. 1, 1990 (1990) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Collecting our thoughts (2015) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
The Odd Volume, 1912 (1912) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
The tramp, January 1911 (1911) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
The World's Best Stories for Boys and Girls: Second Series (1930) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Essays of the year (1929-1930) (1930) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Stories for girls — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Stories by Edgar Allan Poe (1908) — Editor — 1 exemplar(es)
You and your reading — Contribuinte, algumas edições1 exemplar(es)
Das Forum, year 4, issue 6 (March 1920) (1920) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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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 | outras 83 resenhas | 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.
… (mais)
labfs39 | outras 8 resenhas | 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.
blueskygreentrees | outras 11 resenhas | 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.… (mais)
PlumfieldCH | outras 83 resenhas | Dec 28, 2023 |


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