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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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Superb rendition though abridged of life on the land in England in the middle of the 19th century. Well written and atmospheric. ( )
  maelinor | Jan 18, 2015 |
lark rise 1939 over to Candleford 1941 Candleford green 1943
very interesting portrayal of her time. i wish she had written more. somewhat sentimental i think but our young lives always seem less complicated by technology, slower. ( )
  mahallett | Dec 29, 2014 |
What a gem of a book. To live the days before our modern times through Laura's eyes is a joy. I found the TV series a disappointment after having read the triology - it was attempting to dramatise what in essence is an autobiography and a very authentic and touching one too. As social commentary of the end of the 19th century from the perspective of a young female of the working classes it cannot be bettered. A real delight and a most wonderful way of learning about what is is our society grew out of. ( )
  StephBradley | Dec 11, 2014 |
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 |
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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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