A Company of Swans

A Company of Swans

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by Eva Ibbotson
     
 

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Weekly ballet classes are Harriet Morton's only escape from her intolerably dull life. So when she is chosen to join a corps de ballet which is setting off on a tour of the Amazon, she leaps at the chance to run away for good.

Performing in the grand opera houses is everything Harriet dreamed of, and falling in love with an aristocratic exile makes her new

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Weekly ballet classes are Harriet Morton's only escape from her intolerably dull life. So when she is chosen to join a corps de ballet which is setting off on a tour of the Amazon, she leaps at the chance to run away for good.

Performing in the grand opera houses is everything Harriet dreamed of, and falling in love with an aristocratic exile makes her new life complete. Swept away by it all, she is unaware that her father and intended fiance have begun to track her down. . .


Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ginny Sautner
Harriet Morton is a sweet-hearted and intelligent young girl with the misfortune to grow up under the oppressive ideologies of her father and aunt in the early years of the 20thcentury. With antiquated ideas of gender roles, Professor Morton forbids his daughter from continuing her education, thus stifling her spirit. All this changes when a small red-headed young boy asks some innocent questions about her life. Following her intuition and a string of unlikely coincidences, Harriet chances to change her life. She leaves her safe and restrictive home in Cambridge, England, and takes haven with Dubrov's Russian Ballet Company performing in the Amazon. In a bizarre twist of fate, she meets the red-headed boy's uncle, Rom Verney, and falls hopelessly in love with this British ex-patriot. Her journey, both emotional and physical, teaches Harriet how to be independent and allows her the space to gain real self-confidence and to forge her own destiny. Written with wit and an intelligent humor, the author recreates the time period in a way that feels authentic. The constant allusions to literary greats will make readers feel a connection to classic literature, and the novel expects readers to have a bit of background knowledge about the time period. Teens looking for historical and romantic fiction will not find a better tale of intrigue and female strength. Reviewer: Ginny Sautner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230737884
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication date:
09/04/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
266,671
File size:
571 KB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, but when the Nazis came to power her family fled to England and she was sent to boarding school. She became a writer while bringing up her four children, and her bestselling novels have been published around the world. Her books have also won and been shortlisted for many prizes. Eva died peacefully in October 2010 at the age of eighty-five.

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A Company of Swans 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A company of swans is an excellent novel. It begins with the life of a regular girl living a unfriendly life. The only place she can find peace and love is in dancing. From the beginning of the book you begin to feel compassion for the main character. When she gets an opportunity to preform near the Amazon for a ballet you become part of the story. You find yourself wanting to know more about her adventures and love. She encounters many problems, but when she falls in love with one of the riches men known to London her life becomes a roller-coaster. Throughout the book you are experiencing the emotions of a young girl who thinks her life is doomed and finds that if you fight hard enough, you may end up with what you want. This is a book I would reread for enjoyment. It is one that I wish to live in and experience myself and teaches me to hope for the future.
beautybabydoll More than 1 year ago
I must say this is my ALL TIME favorite book. It has a bit of everything, romance, action, adventure, travel, the arts, and lots of history. You never want to put it down, and you always want to find out what's next. The ending was PERFECT as in I didn't have to even want a sequel, it was perfect. I think if you wanted to try one of her stories, START WITH THIS ONE. This is the first I've read of hers and I will continue to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dance myself and this book is AMAZING! I love rereading it, and always find myself making references to it during the day. I just adore this book even though a page or two made no sense. If you don't dance it would be helpful to ask about some of the words and steps if you know somebody who does dance. Or just use google images.
anne40 6 months ago
I loved the music, the flowers, and the wonderful larger than life characters. By the way, I am 75 years old and out the age range for this book. Thinking about this book makes me smile.
Willow_luv2 More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books by her.
Curieuse More than 1 year ago
I do a lot of reading. Seriously, I read all the time. I have read countless books, yet this one is the book that stood out from all the others. Although in some respects it is predictable and the heroine is nearly flawless, every time I read this book it captivates me all over again. Although other readers may not hold it as highly as I do, it is definitely worth your time and money to give this book a chance.
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PortugiPrisca More than 1 year ago
Every time I read a book by Eva Ibbotson I say "Best one yet!", but I have to say it again lol I loved their love story and I truly felt attached to the characters. I could see their love really develop and truly felt the heartbreak and joy felt throughout the book.
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iWrite16 More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good. I loved the old-fashioned romance of it. Though the it's very predictable, it's well-written, elegant, and a good read for a rainy day.
dancesforever More than 1 year ago
This book has an heavenly story line that make you dicover your self who you are and who you want to be. The way it was written was confusing in some parts beacase there is alot of older talk and freach words other than that it was a good story but a longer read well worth the effort.
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___Melissa___ More than 1 year ago
The book starts out kind of boring, but by the third chapter or so...I was addicted! It was interesting to see Harriet, the main character, grow as a person. I'm glad I kept reading this book, and totally recommend it :D
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Sparrow_Captivated More than 1 year ago
That quote above from the book A Company of Swans, is one of my all-time favorite quotes. It carries so much emotion and power in that one sentence, simply because of why Harriet is saying it. This is the first book I read of Eva Ibbotson and I was not dissapointed. She has a way with her stories that envelopes you into them so that you become so engrossed, that every little detail or newfound mystery is like unwrapping a gift. She gives us this girl Harriet, who is so very determined in life to live though throughout her youth she is held captive; this very motif (a way of putting it) speaks to all girls, I believe. It reflects our own determination and ones that have wilted and grown frail. And in contrast to this wonderous character, we get the male lead, Rom. It holds many qualities that lure the hearts and as you read this book you will smile and grin and smirk at his certain judgements and actions. He is a man every girl who reads this book will dream to jump on the next boat to the Amazon in 1912 - in search of him like our dear Harriet does somewhat unconsciously and yet, fatedly. But in this happy tale comes the dragons of course and in the form of a man named Dr. Edward Finch-Dutton; whose love of mutated fleas and annoyance of female scholars brings us humor and outrage (but nothing too hindering); and then as well comes a certain scarlet-haired beauty. What I love most about this author's books is that she gives us complete endings that satisfy and though we love to read more, we are happy with the end result with each book of hers. She puts in little stories that have much to do with the overall story and like the quote above, she comes with fantastic phrases. Everytime I read this it gives me something, an inspiration or feeling. I have probably read this book more than six times and it never gets old. I recommend this book to romantics and girls who love love stories and even older women who miss the days of rescueing men without the baggy pants and headphones in their ears. It is a great story and one that shall never get old. Please read it, for it shall not dissapoint. "I know what it's like . . . I know how it is to be at a window . . . outside . . . and to look in on a lighted room and not be able to make anyone hear." "How do you know? You have not experienced it." "Perhaps I am going to one day. There is a man in England who says that time is curved . . ." (A Company of Swans)
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