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Lark Rise to Candleford (Penguin Modern Classics) (original 1945; edition 1985)

by Flora Thompson

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Title:Lark Rise to Candleford (Penguin Modern Classics)
Authors:Flora Thompson
Info:Penguin Books (1985), Paperback, 537 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:thirties, forties, British, Memoir, History, 2012

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Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson (1945)

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    Staramber: In Over To Candleford Laura reads Cranford to her Uncle. Although separated by time they both contain everyday descriptions of provincial British life by – largely – passive narrators.
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This was written more in the style of a journal, than a work of fiction.it provided the background for the TV series, but not the story. Lark rise describes the habits and living rhythms of the hamlet. Over to candle ford described the people in more depth. Candleford Green describes Laura's life at the Post Office.
I enjoyed the background material on the series, but none of the books filled me in on the episodes I missed. ( )
  Pmaurer | Mar 5, 2014 |
After a few pages, I put this down. Ended up having to return it to the library before picking it up again. It's not bad or anything. I'm ok with just watching the show in this case.
  alsatia | May 11, 2013 |
If you expect the book to be like the well-known series on PBS - you will be disappointed. Only some of the main characters appear in the book. The book was good to read, except that it seemed somewhat disconnected. I guess if you have never watched the TV series, you might enjoy it more. ( )
  yukon92 | Oct 19, 2012 |
This contains three books: Lark Rise, Over to Candleford and Candleford Green.

The books are autobiographical, but are written in the third person with "Laura" being the author.

I found the first book, Lark Rise, the most interesting of the three. This is the best description of 19th century rural life I've read, and I learned a lot of interesting facts about the environment and people of that time.

I didn't find the second and third books quite as good as the first. Especially the third book, which seemed to run out of steam towards the end. ( )
  Pondlife | Feb 22, 2012 |
Pwpl has it
  Jvknoerl | Nov 27, 2011 |
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The hamlet stood on a gentle rise in the flat, wheat-growing north-east corner of Oxfordshire.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140036725, Paperback)

The inspiration for a popular television series that aired on PBS in 2009, Lark Rise to Candleford is Flora Thompson's classic evocation of a vanished world of agricultural customs and rural culture. The trilogy of Lark Rise, Over to Candleford, and Candleford Green tells the story of Thompson's childhood and youth during the 1880s in Lark Rise--in reality Juniper Hill, the hamlet in Oxfordshire where she was born. Through the eyes of Laura, the author's fictional counterpart, Thompson describes the cottages, characters, and way of life of the agricultural laborers and their families with whom she grew up--seasonal celebrations, schooling, church-going, entertainment, and story-telling are described in fond and vivid detail. This new edition of the trilogy, the only hardback edition in print, boasts an attractive format complete with ribbon marker and the original wood-engravings by Julie Neild. The edition includes a new introduction by Phillip Mallett, which looks at the background to the books and their enduring popularity, plus a useful select bibliography and a chronology of Flora Thompson's life and publications.

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This is the story of three closely-related Oxfordshire communities: a hamlet, a village, and a town, and the memorable cast of characters who people them. Based on her own experiences as a child and young woman, it is keenly observed and beautifully narrated, quiet and evocative.… (more)

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