» » Swallows and Amazons

ePub Swallows and Amazons download

by Alison Larkin,Arthur Ransome

ePub Swallows and Amazons download
Alison Larkin,Arthur Ransome
Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (January 20, 2012)
Literature & Fiction
ePub file:
1842 kb
Fb2 file:
1665 kb
Other formats:
doc azw mobi lrf

Arthur Ransome (Author), Alison Larkin (Reader).

Arthur Ransome (Author), Alison Larkin (Reader). I started reading the S&A books back in the mid-1960's when I was still in grade school. My mom had read them as a young girl and she got me started.

The Arthur Ransome Trust. The Big Six: A Novel. Illustrated by the Author. with help from Miss Nancy Blackett.

It is set in the Lake District in August 1929 during the last fortnight of the summer. List of characters in Arthur Ransome books. Swallows: John, Susan, Titty, Roger Walker. Captain Flint Jim Turner.

The Swallows went in one by one and stood together inside the doorway. For a minute or two she was silent

The Swallows went in one by one and stood together inside the doorway. The old man had gone in first, but they could hardly see him. They heard him chuckle. You’ll see better than bats in a minute. For a minute or two she was silent. 1 079. 0. Published: 1930.

And I must put in a plug for the Brilliance Audio versions read by Alison Larkin

So of course I read it. It's among the most charming childrens' books I've ever read. And I must put in a plug for the Brilliance Audio versions read by Alison Larkin. We've listened to all of these books in the car and she's got a wonderful reading style and does amazing, but not over-the-top, accents.

Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and went to school at Rugby. Ransome died in 1967. He and his wife Evgenia lie buried in the churchyard of St Paul's Church, Rusland, in the southern Lake District. He was in Russia in 1917, and witnessed the Revolution, which he reported for the Manchester Guardian. And so began a writing career which has produced some of the real children's treasures of all time.

The twelve books involve adventures by groups of children, almost all during the school holidays and mostly in England, but including four sailing trips that go outside England. The stories revolve around outdoor activities, especially sailing.

The first title in Arthur Ransome’s classic series, originally published in 1930: for children, for grownups, for anyone captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Swallows and Amazons introduces the lovable Walker family, the camp on Wild Cat Island, the able-bodied catboat Swallow, and the two intrepid Amazons, Nancy and Peggy Blackett. “The author really does know how to write for children: in other words, he writes of what he himself delights in and so pleases without any effort both young and old.” –The Nation “This book is both silvery present and golden retrospect. All that is tedious and sullen and deceptive vanishes in its sunniness as clouds vanish in the tempered air of a summer day.... We think that the book will last, too, from edition unto edition.” –Saturday Review
  • If you're not familiar with the author Arthur Ransome, just Google his name to see how big his fan group is.

    These books (Swallows and Amazons is the first in the series) were written about 80 years ago and the stories are still wonderful. I started reading the S&A books back in the mid-1960's when I was still in grade school. My mom had read them as a young girl and she got me started. I now own all 12 of the books in the series and I re-read them every couple years. Even though I know all the plot lines, Ransome tells such great stories that I always enjoy them as much as the first time I read them about 50 years ago. They're perfect for adventure lovers of any age!! Although you don't HAVE to read the books in order in order, it's better if you do as the author develops the existing characters and introduces new ones as he goes along so you get to know them. Swallowdale is the second in the series after Swallows and Amazons.

  • I wish I could be a Swallow or an Amazon. It was great fun to read about the adventures these kids came up with and their idyllic lifestyle. This is also an interesting (if fictional) view of hands-off parenting: the mother gladly sends her children on their independent adventure to an island with just a few guidelines about touching base infrequently.

    This book's greatest strength and weakness is that it lacked serious conflict and did not suck me in. I was able to put the book down...and I found that pleasant for a change, since I normally gulp in one sitting. I read some, put it down for a few days, went back and read some more. I wish that today's literature had not built up a desire in me and in so many others to have serious, high conflict. I'm glad the kids were never in grave danger or trying to save the world. They had adventures, but I was never terrified for their lives and just enjoyed their good-natured battles and explorations.

  • Pretty much every installment of Arthur Ransome's outstanding series is well worth reading. His laidback, first-hand, expert-storytelling writing style and his wonderful characters make these books just as enjoyable (perhaps even more enjoyable) for adults, as well as kids. I would recommend that you read them in order. If you enjoy this series, I would also recommend Enid Blyton's classics, such as her "Adventure" series or her "Mystery" series. A newer book, Summer of Coins, (first of "A Ginger and Jack Mystery series), also has a similar vibe. Highly recommend Swallows and Amazons!

  • While "Swallows and Amazons" was written in the 1930s that doesn't mean there isn't a lot here, especially for children who love the thought of adventure without their parents. Parents will appreciate the metaphors and poetry of the book; young readers will love the idyllic adventure on a lake island in the last warm days of summer holidays in the North of England. (This was the first long book I read as a child. One of the unintended consequences of this was that it gave me confidence to tackle other longer, more complex books.)

  • I purchased for someone who is new to sailing. I was surprised this was such a popular book. I learned about it from a friend. It's not easy to start and old-fashioned in its style. The sailing descriptions are riveting once one gets in to the story.

  • such a lovely, evocative and nostalgic book, which has always been my favourite in the series. I'm always struck with an overwhelming urge to go camping in the dales after reading these! The characters are very relatable and likable despite this book being 87 odd years old!
    I would have given it a full 5 stars were it not for the fact that close to $10 is an absolute outrage for a kindle book which has been in publication since 1931.This is a classic in my opinion, and it's sad to think that price might prohibit some readers from purchasing it.

  • I was hurt and deeply angered when I read another reviewers comment about the book being unsuitable for children because it had "racism and animal abuse". Unbelievable!! First of all, the whole story is about girls and boys working together, at a time when girls didn't do things such as playing around in boats and fighting pretend pirates. And as for the "animal abuse",that is ridiculous. The book is very well written, and I soon realized when I started it that it was not the dry, dull book I had expected it to be! Every adventurous child and adult that enjoys a good laugh and some thankfully short-lived sorrows should definitely read Swallows and Amazons!!

  • Child rearing seems to have been very different at the beginning of the previous century where young children are allowed to sail to rocky island alone and spend the days camping relatively unsupervised.

    Although children today are generally not permitted to do this (probably be arrested for child endangerment), children can still read this book and dream about how it was or it could be.

    Briefly the story is about two groups of children, a group of four siblings - the Swallows, and the other, two sisters - the Amazons, who are enamored with sailing and of being outdoors and live a rich fantasy revolving around these two desires.

    The two groups are at first in conflict over who controls the island, but after a challenge settles the issue join forces to thwart skullduggery that casts unfair blame on the Swallows.

    The book might be a bit slow in the beginning for younger readers, but once the two groups meet, it takes off and is exciting in a very innocent way. These are children being children, not children trying to young adults, making it very different from much contemporary fiction aimed at tweens/young teenagers.