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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
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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    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (wisewoman)
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    The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett (wisewoman)
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Exquisite is the first word that comes to mind, but a special kind of exquisite, a gentle and tactful, clear-eyed (as opposed to naive or nostalgically sentimental) remembrance of life in a hamlet about 20 miles from Oxford in the last two decades of the 19th century. I'm old enough to know that there is always "a way of life passing by" (I remember the milkman delivering our milk in glass bottles for example) but Flora, (disguised as Laura) describes everything of the habits, dress, food, celebrations, furnishings and social structure of her childhood and this truly was, in a very critical way, a rural life that was about to come crashing to an end. This is really three books in one and I generally read ten or twenty pages at night before going to sleep. A treasure, Thompson manages to simultaneously write both subjectively and objectively about a way of life in which she was immersed as a child. I look forward to seeking out the BBC rendering of it which I gather is quite good. ***** ( )
1 vote sibyx | Apr 11, 2016 |
Like Little House on the Prairie but with more textual awareness of poverty, class, and sexism. Also, it's set in rural Victorian England. Otherwise, just like, complete with grand tales of killing the pig and stories about getting dresses muddy on the miles-long walk to school. ( )
1 vote wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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 |
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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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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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