Friday, February 1, 2013

Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

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It was William Golding, in "Lord of The Flies",  who mentioned this book. I searched for a portuguese edition, but couldn´t find one. The closest to one, was a brazilian edition. I suppose it hasn´t been published in portuguese. So, I bought this (used) english edition  at World of Books. I can´t say I was  looking forward to read it, for it stayed on my bookshelf for ages... but finally I came to it.

Linked opinion...
If only I knew better...it wouldn´t have stayed on my "to read" bookshelf for so long. This book is really amazing, and the only reason for it not to become one of my favourite books, is because I read it as an adult.

I know for sure, that if I've read it as a child, it would be one of my all time favourite books. It reminded me of my childhood favourites, like Robinson Crusoe (my number one favourite) and all the adventures written by Enid Blyton.

I loved every minute of this book. It´s really very good. It really takes us back to a place we all know,  a place where our imagination makes everything possible.

However, I don´t know if this kind of story still atracts our younger ones, but I really hope it does, for it would be a pitty for them to miss out on such an adventure.

I was happy to find out that there is a whole serie of "Swallows and Amazons" books, and I´m looking forward to read the next one.

Linked books...
The Seaman´s Handbook of Meteorology - Great Britain. Meteorological Office
The Baltic Pilot - Unkown author

Swallowdale - Arthur Ransome : this title was chosen from the page "Other titles by Arthur Ransome". It was chosen because it´s the one that follows this one. Therefore, it´s the second book of the Swallow and Amazons series written by Ransome.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase  - Joan Aiken : this title was chosen from the page "Also available in Red Fox Classics". It was chosen only because it was the first one on the list and I found a copy available at Wook.

Linked songs...

Leave Her, Johnny

Spanish Ladies

Blow The Man Down

Rio Grande ("Away to Rio" in the book)


Linked animals...

Adder - any of several groups of venomous snakes of the Viperidae family, including Vipera berus, the common European adder (in the image), found in Europe and northern Asia.

 Sandpiper- sandpipers are a large family, Scolopacidae, of waders or shorebirds. They include many species called sandpipers, as well as those called by names such as curlew and snipe.

Wren
Minnows
Pike

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Linked poems...

On first looking into Chapman’s Homer by John Keats 

Much have I traveled in the realms of gold
    And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
    Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
    That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne;
    Yet never did I breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
    When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
    He stared at the Pacific—and all his men
Looked at each other with a wild surmise—
    Silent, upon a peak in Darien.
 




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LITTLE BILLEE
by: W.M. Thackeray (1811-1863)
      HERE were three sailors of Bristol City 
       
      Who took a boat and went to sea,
      But first with beef and captain's biscuits,
      And pickled pork they loaded she.
       
      There was a gorging Jack, and guzzling Jimmy,
      And the youngest he was little Billee.
      Now when they'd got as far as the Equator,
      They'd nothing left but one split pea.
       
      Says gorging Jack to guzzling Jimmy,
      "I am extremely hungaree."
      To gorging Jack says guzzling Jimmy,
      "We've nothing left, us must eat we."
       
      Says gorging Jack to guzzling Jimmy,
      "With one another we shouldn't agree!
      There's little Bill, he's young and tender,
      We're old and tough, so let's eat he."
       
      "O Billy! we're going to kill and eat you,
      So undo the button of your chemie."
      When Bill received this information,
      He used his pocket-handkerchief.
       
      "First let me say my catechism,
      Which my poor mother taught me."
      "Make haste! make haste!" says guzzling Jimmy,
      While Jack pulled on his snicker-snee.
       
      Then Bill went up to the main-top-gallant-mast,
      And down he fell on his bended knee,
      He scarce had come to the Twelfth Commandment
      When up he jumps--"There's land I see!"
       
      "Jerusalem and Madagascar,
      And North and South Amerikee,
      There's the British flag a-riding at anchor,
      With Admiral Napier, K.C.B."
       
      So when they got aboard of the Admiral's,
      He hanged fat Jack and flogged Jimmee,
      But as for little Bill, he made him
      The captain of a Seventy-three. 
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by John Masefield


We were schooner-rigged and rakish, with a long and lissome hull,
And we flew the pretty colours of the cross-bones and the skull;
We'd a big black Jolly Roger flapping grimly at the fore,
And we sailed the Spanish Water in the happy days of yore.

We'd a long brass gun amidships, like a well-conducted ship,
We had each a brace of pistols and a cutlass at the hip;
It's a point which tells against us, and a fact to be deplored,
But we chased the goodly merchant-men and laid their ships aboard.

Then the dead men fouled the scuppers and the wounded filled the chains,
And the paint-work all was spatter-dashed with other people's brains,
She was boarded, she was looted, she was scuttled till she sank,
And the pale survivors left us by the medium of the plank.

O! then it was (while standing by the taffrail on the poop)
We could hear the drowning folk lament the absent chicken-coop;
Then, having washed the blood away, we'd little else to do
Than to dance a quiet hornpipe as the old salts taught us to.

O! the fiddle on the fo'c's'le, and the slapping naked soles,
And the genial "Down the middle, Jake, and curtsey when she rolls!"
With the silver seas around us and the pale moon overhead,
And the look-out not a-looking and his pipe-bowl glowing red.

Ah! the pig-tailed, quidding pirates and the pretty pranks we played,
All have since been put a stop-to by the naughty Board of Trade;
The schooners and the merry crews are laid away to rest,
A little south the sunset in the Islands of the Blest.

Linked places...

Coniston (Cumbria, England)
Sydney Harbour (Australia)
Falmouth (Cornwall, England)
 Linked looked up words...

broach - rise through the water and break the surface
reproach - express to (someone) one’s disapproval of or disappointment in their actions
broadside - with the side turned in a particular direction
mizen - (also mizzenmast) the mast aft of a ship’s mainmast; (also mizzensail)  a sail on the mizzenmast of a ship, in particular the lowest sail on the mizzenmast of a square-rigged sailing ship
coppice - an area of woodland in which the trees or shrubs are periodically cut back to ground level to stimulate growth and provide firewood or timber
stout - strong and thick; having or showing courage and determination
jetty - a breakwater constructed to protect or defend a harbour, stretch of coast, or riverbank 
duffer - an incompetent or stupid person 
dinghy - a small boat for recreation or racing, especially an open boat with a mast and sails 
overhaul - British overtake (someone), especially in a sporting event
quay - a stone or metal platform lying alongside or projecting into water for loading and unloading ships. 
keel - the lengthwise timber or steel structure along the base of a ship, supporting the framework of the whole, in some vessels extended downwards as a ridge to increase stability. 
scull - each of a pair of small oars used by a single rower.
careen - turn (a ship) on its side for cleaning, caulking, or repair.



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