Missee Lee The original cast of the famed Swallows and s series is sailing under the stars and the command of Captain Flint in the South China Sea when Gibbet their pet monkey grabs the captain s cigar and dro

  • Title: Missee Lee
  • Author: Arthur Ransome
  • ISBN: 9781567921960
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • The original cast of the famed Swallows and s series is sailing under the stars and the command of Captain Flint in the South China Sea when Gibbet, their pet monkey, grabs the captain s cigar and drops it in the fuel tank In minutes, the ship is ablaze and doomed , and our seven luckless protagonists are adrift in two small boats They make their way to land, onlyThe original cast of the famed Swallows and s series is sailing under the stars and the command of Captain Flint in the South China Sea when Gibbet, their pet monkey, grabs the captain s cigar and drops it in the fuel tank In minutes, the ship is ablaze and doomed , and our seven luckless protagonists are adrift in two small boats They make their way to land, only to find themselves the captives of one of the last remaining pirates operating off the China Coast But Missee Lee, as it turns out, is no ordinary pirate her father had sent her off to Cambridge University to prepare her for a life as a teacher But when her father takes ill and dies, she finds herself struggling to hold together the Three Island Confederation Tiger, Turtle, and Dragon he had created, and to be recognized as his legitimate heir and ruler of the Island Kingdom.Ransome is, as always, the consummate storyteller Here he takes the reader not only on the usual sailing adventures and cliff hanging escapades, but also into Chinese culture It s no accident that, like so many of Ransome s protagonists, Missee Lee is a woman, or that her Latin is almost as refined as her sailing skills It is also no wonder that The Observer called this, the tenth book in the series, his best yet a book to buy, to read, and to read again, not once but many times The Guardian put it in a class by itself For Ransome, unlike so many writers of his and our generation, was particular in writing about things he knew and had studied first hand, whether it was a foreign culture, a classical language, a cryptographic code, or the finer points of seamanship.

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    1. The very last book for us in this series. We left the two sort of more "fictional" books until last: Peter Duck and Missee Lee. We are both very sad to say goodbye to the Swallows and the s, who have been our friends in the car (audio books) for 15 months now, as we have listened to each 10-12 CD book. But the fact that this was our least favorite helps make the goodbye a little less painful. Logan said the books with more realistic scenarios were more believable and so more fun. He could imagin [...]

    2. Another riveting adventure with the Swallows and s (and Captain Flint) as they stumble across three Chinese islands after their ship sinks. There they meet "Missee" Lee and the other two leaders: Chang and Wu. Highly entertaining as you follow John, Susan, Titty, Roger, Nancy, Peggy, and Captain Flint as they stumble upon this strange world. Miss Lee, their new ally, although good at heart wants to keep them so they can learn Latin to remind her of her school days in Cambridge.But through a Drag [...]

    3. Much the worst of the series. I really am struggling for a satisfying read when even Arthur Ransome lets me down. Still, the sailing parts are quite gripping. The children having, and making their own adventures work beautifully. Using the children as characters in adventure stories don't work. Missing out this one and Peter Duck wouldn't hurt.

    4. The tenth Swallows and s book had a premise that felt a little far-fetched.In the first few chapters, the Swallows and Captain Flint end of stranded, after their ship the Wild Cat, which featured in previous books, burns. The following chapter switches to the s, who are (as I understood it) boarded by Chinese pirates and kidnapped, making one attempt to escape, only to be recaptured.Soon after the Pirates capture the Swallows and Captain Flint, and all seven of them are apparently taken to China [...]

    5. Haven't read this one since 2003 when we read it aloud as a family, but after taking a Latin-in-a-week course, it seemed the right time to dive back into "Missee Lee"! What does Latin have to do with a China Coast pirate? You'll find out!!!!***************This is the 10th book in the 12 book "Swallows and s" series by Arthur Ransome. We have all 12, and we have read them all aloud as a family, and love them dearly! We last read this book aloud in 2003. We haven't read it since, because it dealt [...]

    6. This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.Missee Lee is the tenth book in the Swallows and s series, and like Peter Duck, it is a deviation from the normal progression of the series. Whereas most of the time, Ransome’s characters have real-world adventures, this story is based on their imaginings about sailing to China. In this story, Captain Flint takes Nancy, Peggy, John, Susan, Titty, and Roger with him in the Wild Cat on a voyage around the world. Gibber the monkey accidentally [...]

    7. MISSEE LEE is the tenth book in the popular 1930s-40s (British juvenile) Swallows and s series by Arthur Ransome that includes a shipwreck, pirates, Latin lessons, Dragon dance parade, loss of freedom (prisoners!), Gibber (the pet monkey), Polly (the parrot), and three (uncharted but inhabited) islands in the China Seas.Let's start with the trouble spot -- something that truly detracts from and "dates" the book, and may rightfully distress some modern day readers or potential readers: the book t [...]

    8. This book features the original "Swallows and s" characters in a Far East adventure. This book is more in the vein of "Peter Duck", an adventure to distant shores with pirate peril, than most of the books, which are the adventures of children using their imaginations and wiles in England. This book and "Peter Duck" could easily be viewed as the final product of Titty's adventure-writing that she does in the other books.I was concerned that this book, published in 1941, might be terribly stereoty [...]

    9. Is it fantasy? Is it real? Does it matter? It's still a superb story. The peril starts almost immediately, when the Wild Cat catches fire, and they are still in peril up until the final page. We are definitely in foreign lands and it's absolutely gripping. Plus, you'll probably know more Latin by the end than you did at the beginning.I also, on this re-read (probably my first for about 10 years) realised who Roger reminds me of: my son. I think that's a good thing.I wonder what happened to the T [...]

    10. Whilst this clearly fits in the same category as Peter Duck, the same ship for example, nowhere that I have found admits it.Way back in the original stories Captain Flint says he would like to buy a schooner and sail the China seas as he used to in his past, with the Swallows and s as crew.I liked it. I know that today people say it's non PC or racist but this is how people thought and spoke about other nationalities when it was written. You also have to remember at that time chinese lords had c [...]

    11. My favourite book in the Swallows and s series - I have probably read it 20 times over the years. I own copies of the entire series, and they have followed me around for over 50 years now :) They inspired my sister and I to play at being the s (we made skull and crossbone flags, learned to tie all the sailing knots, learned semaphore, etc. etc) We even convinced our parents to purchase an old 13 ft. centreboard dinghy, just like the , to sail at our cottage. This particular book is a little diff [...]

    12. I finished my first book of 2011 (2 days ago, but forgot to mention it.) It is Missee Lee, by Arthur Ransom. It's a departure from his other books, which are mostly about sailing, though this one has some sailing in it. The other books mostly take place in England (Although one involves a voyage to Spain), but this one takes the kids all the way to China, where they are captured by Chinese Pirates. It's a children's novel. It's pretty good, but a little far-fetched. Although written as if it wer [...]

    13. I was brought up on the Swallows and the s and this book is the zenith of the series. It never occurred to me that is was in anyway unusual for five children to be sailing round the world and i loved the colour of the narrative. Still less did I find a Oxbridge graduated, female pirate chief unbelievable as a character. I was but ten when I read it but the story has stayed with me for another forty years. The entire series recalls the bucolic care-free life of the Edwardian English child, the so [...]

    14. The weakest one of the entire Swallows and s series. I found the entire book to be implausible. Yes, I realize that it was supposed to be written by the Swallows and s, but Peter Duck was so much better. The entire crew and captain of the schooner the Wild Cat remain calm and evacuate the ship set alight by the monkey Gibber. The UK-educated Missee Lee speaks in pidgin and with a heavy accent?

    15. I found and read the Swallows and s series in my early 20s. I am only sorry I did not find them earlier. Stories of the family's summer adventures are beautifully written, and encourage responsible and creative living. Self reliance, intelligent reasoning skills, and strong imagination with these children provide an excellent backdrop for this series of books, as well as strong roll-models for any youngsters reading them.

    16. I far prefer the Swallows & s (and D's and Coot Club) books where the children create their own adventures rather than being at the mercy of adults. This book, like Peter Duck (which I also could do without) is pure fantasy. Plus there's the racial stereotyping, which is a reflection of the era in which Ransome was writing. The strong female protagonist (the eponymous Missee Lee) is the biggest factor in this book's favour. It has rather made me want to learn Latin, though ;-)

    17. If not for the painful colonialist caricatures, this would be a great Swallows and s book. But as you can probably tell from the title, it retains a little too much of its time. Racist stereotypes aside, Ransome excels at making every clearly telegraphed ending (or Capt. Nancy-style semaphored ending) still fresh and surprising.

    18. The Swallows and s are traveling in the East with Captain Flint when their boat burns. They are captured by Chinese pirates. Their leader, Missee Lee, tries to teach them Latin before the manage with great difficulty to escape. This is my least favorite Ransome book (though I remember it was once a favorite of my son's). I think it is racist and what my kids refer to as "cringy."

    19. Tenth of the Swallows & s series, and the second in the series that is an adventure invented, rather than lived, by the children (yeah, yeah, yeah, it's all fiction--but this and Peter Duck are also to some degree metafiction). Some of it might strike one today as unPC, but it is still an amusing romp.

    20. Not the best: a bit dated with some old racist/imperialist language but Ransome is writing for an audience, not necessarily professing his beliefs. at the same time, he has a strong young female character, so it's still a good yarn.

    21. I always assumed this would be offensive in its treatment of China and Chinese people. It is.The audiobook narration is a hash of bad Chinese accents, bad sentence parsing, and some tragic mispronunciations.

    22. Another excellent adventure from the series. In this book, similar in may ways to the earlier Peter Duck, the children are in serious danger, after a round-the-world sailing trip ends in disaster and they fall in to the hands of Chinese pirates. A thumping good read

    23. Argh, argh, argh. I wanted to finish this, but gave up at page 188 - I just couldn't handle the terribly dated, racist depictions anymore. I know the Missee Lee character is probably a point in Ransome's favor (and after all, the book was first published in 1941), but I just couldn't go on.

    24. I loved all the Swallows and s books; I read and reread them between the ages 9-12. I've since read them again to my children and was struck by the racism of this one. I changed the way Missee Lee and others spoke when I read it out loud.

    25. Like Peter Duck is not of the pattern of the others. Flint leads voyages to strange seas. Good fun though.

    26. The Far East!Update: Slower than I remembered, a gentle tale of kidnapping, Chinese pirates and the superiority of Cambridge over Oxford.

    27. " his best yet a book to buy, to read, and to read again, not once but many times."- The Observer

    28. I loved the whole collection, but I remember this one as my favourite. Very exciting! Lots of danger and ingenious escapes!And I found out that a junk was an amazing Chinese vessel.

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