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Book Title: Old Peter's Russian Tales|
The author of the book: Arthur Ransome
ISBN 13: 9781409769071
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 328 KB
Edition: Johnston Press
Date of issue: June 30th 2008
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A couple of these were creepy-cool, but it's starting to feel like fairy tales are pretty much all the same no matter where you go. Women are assholes, men are emasculated by their asshole women, someone recommends you give her a good beating be she daughter, step-daughter, or wife, there's occasionally one good gal livin' a life of Cinderelly-Cinderelly (a virgin, no doubt) who ends up with some charming Prince/Tzar/football star, and all the gods and spirits of tides and wind and fire have to do with their infinite powers is concern themselves with the lives of the little humans, and to cast judgement upon them and punish them and generally just live like reality show addicts voting for the next top model. I mean, surely an omnipotent power would have something, anything better to do with his or her time than sit around fretting about whether you lied to your folks about where you were last night. Man, you'd have to be totally narcissistic and horrible at math to think anyone could keep track of everything you do at all times, amiright? Good thing the human race has moved on from all that quaint nonsense. Whew.
Read information about the authorArthur Michell Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and educated in Windermere and Rugby. His family spent their summers at Nibthwaite, to the south of Coniston Water.
In 1902, Ransome abandoned a chemistry degree to become a publisher's office boy in London. He used this precarious existence to practise writing, producing several minor works before Bohemia in London (1907), a study of London's artistic scene and his first significant book.
An interest in folklore, together with a desire to escape an unhappy first marriage, led Ransome to St Petersburg, where he was ideally placed to observe and report on the Russian Revolution. He knew many of the leading Bolsheviks, including Lenin, Radek, Trotsky and the latter's secretary, Evgenia Shvelpina. These contacts led to persistent but unproven accusations that he "spied" for both the Bolsheviks and Britain.
Ransome married Evgenia and returned to England in 1924. Settling in the Lake District, he spent the late 1920s as a foreign correspondent and highly-respected angling columnist for the Manchester Guardian, before settling down to write Swallows and Amazons and its successors.
Today Ransome is best known for his Swallows and Amazons series of novels, (1931 - 1947). All remain in print and have been widely translated.
Arthur Ransome died in June 1967 and is buried at Rusland in the Lake District.
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