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The author of the book: Richard Adams
Edition: Editorial Lumen
Date of issue: April 1st 1988
ISBN 13: 9788426435873
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.92 MB
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A gentleman tiger takes his son on sailing voyage which encounters unexpected hazards in this Richard Adams poem beautifully illustrated by Nicola Bayley.
Set in the Edwardian era, period feel is delicately captured by both narration and illustration. The story itself is related at second hand by a neighbor who saw the explorers off and heard about their adventures when they are finally returned. This distancing diminishing the emotional impact of the dangers in a way that suits the stiff-upper-lip attitude of the period. It also makes it more amusing that no one seems to find anything odd in having tigers named Ezekiel and Raphael (the wife and mother goes almost unmentioned) as neighbors. All the disapproval is saved for Ezekiel's recklessness in buying an unsound little boat and taking his son on an adventure. Tut tut!
Bayley's artwork is exquisite, jewel-like colors and details. Her tigers are expressive without anthropomorphization.
When I read this as a small child I loved the pictures and the story but didn't notice the humor of the tone. I also was too young to appreciate the poetry itself, which is excellent but not written for children. Here is one of my favorite stanzas, a little reminiscent of Eve Merriam:
They sailed away, the wind blew high,
All round them naught but sea and sky.
And day and night, while Raphael steered,
and stranger stars appeared.
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Read information about the authorAdams was born in Newbury, Berkshire. From 1933 until 1938 he was educated at Bradfield College. In 1938 he went up to Worcester College, Oxford to read Modern History. On 3 September 1939 Neville Chamberlain announced that the United Kingdom was at war with Germany. In 1940 Adams joined the British Army, in which he served until 1946. He received a class B discharge enabling him to return to Worcester to continue his studies for a further two years (1946-48). He took the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1948 and of Master of Arts in 1953.
He was a senior civil servant who worked as an Assistant Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, later part of the Department of the Environment, from 1948 to 1974. Since 1974, following publication of his second novel, Shardik, he has been a full-time author.
He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters, Juliet and Rosamund, and they insisted he publish it as a book. It took two years to write and was rejected by thirteen publishers. When Watership Down was finally published, it sold over a million copies in record time in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Watership Down has become a modern classic and won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 1972. To date, Adams' best-known work has sold over 50 million copies world-wide, earning him more than all his other books put together.
As of 1982, he was President of the RSPCA.
He also contested the 1983 general election, standing as an Independent Conservative in the Spelthorne constituency on a platform of opposition to fox hunting.
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