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Missee Lee (Swallows And Amazons) Paperback – 6 Sep 2001
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"There is plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating" (Times Literary Supplement)
"One of his best . . . In a class by itself" (Guardian)
"He makes a tale of adventure a handbook to adventure" (Observer)
A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this monthSee all Product description
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So for anyone else in my position who cant decide whether to go back and relive some fond memories, my advice is do!
She is hospitible and even gives them their own house. But when it comes to leaving she will not let them go.
Finally there is a daring escape bid that will make it impossible for you to put the book down.
Amazing description and colourful characters, aided by the simple but charming line drawings, typical of the author, make this book that little bit more special.
So we know from the start that Missee Lee is also a metafiction, or rather, a metafantasy: a fantasy of a China which never existed but which, one cannot help thinking, should have.
Missee Lee is the most sustained comedy in Ransome's oeuvre. The first chapter gives us none of this: it's a rattling good yarn in the best tradition of rattling good yarns. But as soon as our heroes get ashore and meet the eponymous pirate queen, a twist no-one would have predicted takes the plot by the tail. Roger is discovered to have just one unique talent - a talent which none of the others had ever thought might come in useful; and throughout the delightful romp which follows, this unlikely talent is the one thing which saves everyone's life.
In summary, this isn't a 'Swallows and Amazons' tale like any other. It stands alone. It's more exotic, funnier, odder, and ultimately more poignant. But it is probably some of Ransome's finest story telling, and certainly his finest writing. And although aimed at a teen audience, this really is a story to delight any reader.
Read it, as they say, and weep - but weep from laughing.
I found it rather dark (after the childish innocence of the others'.)
My favourite (which I have read & re-read several times is 'Winter Holiday' and which I heartily recommend).