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Lorna Doone (Penguin Classics) (original 1869; edition 2005)

by R. D. Blackmore, Robert Madison (Contributor), Michelle Allen (Editor), Michelle Allen (Introduction)

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Title:Lorna Doone (Penguin Classics)
Authors:R. D. Blackmore
Other authors:Robert Madison (Contributor), Michelle Allen (Editor), Michelle Allen (Introduction)
Info:Penguin Classics (2005), Paperback, 800 pages
Collections:Your library, To read (inactive)
Rating:*****
Tags:England, Audiobook

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Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore (1869)

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    Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson (wisewoman)
    wisewoman: The romantic relationships are very similar in these two books, and both are told in the first person by the man.
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    The Facts on which Blackmore based Lorna Doone [Tenth Edition] by Atholl Oakeley (Sylak)
    Sylak: For true Doonaphiles only.
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A good historical fiction, but too long with many battle scenes and little dialogue throughout the book. Much archaic language or dialect; not sure which! Precursor of the Hatfields and McCoys! ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Apr 13, 2016 |
3.5 ★
Lorna Doone (A Romance of Exmoor) is a novel by English author Richard Doddridge Blackmore, ((1825-1900),
Published in 1869, it is set in the 17th century...

Lorna Doone is not historical fiction; but, we are given an adequate societal snapshot.
It is a romance , with emphasis on traditional Victorian values, albeit unusual circumstances.
There are sensational moments peppered through out the story.
And, (just what I needed), there is a happy ending. ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 31, 2016 |
Lorna Doone is a rather complicated love story that keeps your interested from the beginning to the end.

Overall I liked this book but I found the phonetic spelling for Somerset accents to be really challenging as I don't know the accent very well. Because of that I did find myself put the book down and reading a different book or two before being called back into the book.

If your into classic English books then I would suggest this, just don't expect to have an easy read. ( )
  sscarllet | Dec 15, 2015 |
This is one of those books that needs a re-make for children and hopefully then it would be able to make the cut. What makes this particular type of book so dull and irritating is that unless you don't mind not knowing what you are reading then you will need to be glued to a dictionary that has the archaic meanings from the English language.

The characters aren't that strongly developed although there is a small depth to them than some others. Basically you are given a character stereotype for that particular creature while a bit of this or that may be thrown in along the way. And it seems that the worse of the traits are the ones that are worked upon the most.

There is plenty of action when the story decides to provide it but otherwise it is a slow plodding along of the story. Basically if you enjoy Classics this may be a book to please you, especially if you are into older works.... ( )
  flamingrosedrakon | Aug 25, 2015 |
I have just re-read this after many many years. It has stood the test of time wonderfully, and comes up once again in bright fresh colours. You have to accept the long descriptions and explanations; the nature descriptions may be flowery, but they are also very accurate and detailed. Accept also the 17th/19th C view of the sexes; the characterisations are still wonderful. I enjoyed Tom Faggus, John Fry, Betty Muxworthy, Ruth Huckaback and all, all over again. And it is, despite its length and detail, an exciting tale, constantly switching from comic incidents (the rescue of the drake) to stirring ones (Winnie's mad gallop with young John), all through the book and right to the (very exciting) end. ( )
  PollyMoore3 | Aug 16, 2015 |
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[This review relates to the Naxos unabridged audiobook version, ISBN 9781843793618]

Its audio form releases the language from the page thanks to Jonathan Keeble, an extraordinarily skilled voice actor who takes on the archaic Devon accent as though born to it - which, as a native of the region, he was. The novel's quietly droll passages and paeans to nature are greatly enhanced by his country aplomb.
 

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Blackmore, R. D.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Austen, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keeble, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rooney, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sutherland, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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If anybody cares to read a simple tale told simply, I, John Ridd, of the parish of Oare, in the county of Somerset, yeoman and churchwarden, have seen and had a share in some doings of this neighborhood, which I will try to set down in order, God sparing my life and memory.
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Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor is an historical novel of high adventure set in the South West of England during the turbulent time of Monmouth's rebellion (1685). It is also a moving love story told through the life of the young farmer John Ridd, as he grows to manhood determined to right the wrongs in his land, and to win the heart and hand of the beautiful Lorna Doone.Continuously in print since its first publication in 1869, Lorna Doon has remained perennially popular with a wide readership ever since--Back cover.
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First published in 1869, Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of seventeenth-century England. He is just a boy when his father is slain by the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon. Seized by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he makes his way to the valley of the Doones, where he is discovered by the beautiful Lorna. In time their childish fantasies blossom into mature love—a bond that will inspire John to rescue his beloved from the ravages of a stormy winter, rekindling a conflict with his archrival, Carver Doone, that climaxes in heartrending violence. Beloved for its portrait of star-crossed lovers and its surpassing descriptions of the English countryside, Lorna Doone is R. D. Blackmore’s enduring masterpiece.

First time in Penguin Classics
Since its publication in 1869, Lorna Doone has never been out of print
Features explanatory notes, a list of suggestions for further reading, a dictionary of Dorset dialect, and a map of Doone Valley

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"The words "Lorna Doone" are familiar to all readers of English literature. In 1869 Richard Doddridge Blackmore published his romance of Exmoor and saw it become one of the most beloved stories of the century." "In Lorna Doone Blackmore invented a unique narrative voice in the homely John Ridd, a dramatic love story with the mysterious Lorna of the outlaw Doones, and a magnificent setting in the descriptions of Devon and Somerset. This Penguin Classics edition returns to the first edition text, largely unavailable for over a hundred years, while including all of Blackmore's prefaces. Robert Madison introduces Lorna Doone in the context of Blackmore's life and works, while Michelle Allen closely analyzes the revisions of his most enduring book. The editors have included a glossary of West Country dialect by Blackmore's contemporary William Barnes."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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