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Book Title: The War of the Birds and the Beasts and Other Russian Tales|
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The author of the book: Arthur Ransome
Edition: J. Cape
Date of issue: December 27th 1987
ISBN 13: 9780224022156
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 28.72 MB
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Great book and illustrations. Is it weird that I like that most Russian tales have sad or not exactly happy ending? For example. Three young men/heroes. Normal tale ending: Marry beautiful princess and live happily ever after. Russian tale ending: Marry old hags and don't even receive what they've been vying for. Another example. A soldier who liberates a town and get a family. Normal tale ending. Lives happily ever after following a few adventures with his son. Russian tale ending: Family dies, defeats death, makes everyone mad because of it, can't get into heaven nor hell, roams the earth alone forever. :( Somewhat depressing, but a great collection of tales told. I will never cease to enjoy Russian tales more than any other cultures.
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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.