Friday, May 10, 2013

The 306 Greatest Books #117 - Swallows and Amazons

The next book up on my reading of the 305 Greatest Books is Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. This book can be found on the BBC Book List.

 Swallows and Amazons was the next book I chose to read with my daughter and as such it was actually quite interesting. The book follows a family of four children who are staying on a lake during the summer. There is an island in the lake, which they go to camp on for several days (weeks?) and they meet up with some other children who do the same thing. The interesting thing about the book is that it introduces a lot of nautical terminology. I am not a big boat person so several of the phrases confused me but overall the author did a good job introducing them in such a manner so they were self explanatory. The author also took the time to explain very intricate details of living on this island, perhaps going into tedium. He would explain what the boats looked like and how the food was prepared. Even though this was a well written book and rather interesting at times, I wouldn't rate this as one of the Greatest Books. Enjoyable for a child, I'm sure it would be, but I have no desire to continue reading the stories that follow this one.

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