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Lorna Doone; a romance of Exmoor by R. D.…

Lorna Doone; a romance of Exmoor (original 1869; edition 1900)

by R. D. Blackmore

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Title:Lorna Doone; a romance of Exmoor
Authors:R. D. Blackmore
Info:W.B. Conkey company [c1900]
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Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore (1869)

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    Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson (atimco)
    atimco: 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 romantic adventure story set in south-west England in the 1600s. John Ridd swears revenge upon the evil Carver Doone who murdered his father. But who is the beautiful young girl he meets in Doone Valley?
  JESGalway | Feb 6, 2019 |
Does no one read Lorna Doone anymore? Only ~2400 copies are listed at LibraryThing, less than 10% of what I would have expected. I loved this work as a boy and teen, and read it at least twice. Those were days in which I loved classic novels such as The Three Musketeers, The Prisoner of Zenda, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Thirty-Nine Steps. I do not remember details of the plot of Lorna Doone, but do remember thrilling to the powerful combination of passionate romance, danger, intrigue, and deep family secrets, all told against the backdrop of rural, western England. Then there's the unforgettable climax, when Carver Doone shoots Lorna during her wedding to John Ridd, is chased down by John, and meets his end sinking into the bog. (In fact, I carried that image with me for years -- Carver deep in the quicksand, with one lone hand extended above, as he sank out of sight).

Coming across this title in my collection makes me want to experience it again, and to wish other readers to seek it out as well. ( )
2 vote danielx | Dec 27, 2018 |
Should have read this as a child, although I enjoyed the writing style. ( )
  Diane-bpcb | Jan 17, 2018 |
Classic adventure and romance in seventeenth-century England, with plenty of drama, atmosphere, character, and rich description, and not without meaningful reflection. They don't make 'em like this any more. ( )
1 vote Meredy | Dec 28, 2017 |
Let's be clear - this story dates from the late 19th century, so the language is going to be a little archaic for modern readers. The setting also requires the reader to have some historical knowledge in order to appreciate it. Blackmore's best story, it features a strong heroine in the title character, who has something of a swashbuckling role. This was very rare at the time. The story is dramatic, romantic, and satisfying, and creates a charming effect overall. Modern readers might think it somewhat soap-opera-ish - but remember that soap operas are still very popular! ( )
1 vote DavidR1958 | Jul 4, 2017 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Blackmore, R. D.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Austen, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carlin, Jeromesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Christ, Henry I.secondary 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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