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The Cumbrian Trilogy by Melvyn Bragg

The Cumbrian Trilogy (edition 1996)

by Melvyn Bragg (Author)

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Melvyn Bragg's celebrated trilogy - THE HIRED MAN, A PLACE IN ENGLAND and KINGDOM COME - traces four generations of Tallentire history: from John in the rural Cumbria of 1898 to Douglas in the competitive and backbiting metropolis of the Seventies. From 'hired man' to media man worlds have been bridged, but the old ideals of success, freedom and happiness seem ever elusive as each Tallentire must come to terms with private uncertainty and pain. 'An uncommonly high talent. The people are "real" enough to leave footprints right across the page' Guardian… (more)
Title:The Cumbrian Trilogy
Authors:Melvyn Bragg (Author)
Info:Sceptre (1996), 864 pages
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Acquired via BookCrossing 23 May 2009 - at the Birmingham meetup

A seemingly autobiographical trilogy (Douglas in the 2nd and 3rd books seems very similar to the main character in his war trilogy which is known to be autobiographical) and a touch didactic as it follows a family's history, mainly in Cumbria, from the 1890s to the 1970s. The first two books were excellent, really giving a sense of a proscribed life opening out to the mod cons of a retirement bungalow for the old folks and a broken marriage for the younger ones. Historical detail and atmosphere are evoked through the history of the Tallentire family; grandfathers and grandsons bond, cousins are compared, marriages sour and world events are engaged with. The third books is less interesting and seems a bit self-indulgent, except in the portrayal of Betty and Joseph; the contrast between Douglas and Lester seems forced and the foray into the world of pop music a bit misjudged. I did find the 3rd volume a bit of a disappointment compared to the superb and enthralling first two. ( )
  LyzzyBee | Aug 23, 2009 |
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