Lark Rise To Candleford by Flora ThompsonLark Rise To Candleford by Flora Thompson

Lark Rise To Candleford

byFlora Thompson, Phillip Mallett

Hardcover | February 13, 2011

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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 Flora's childhood and youth during the 1880s in Lark Rise, in reality JuniperHill, the hamlet in Oxfordshire where she was born. Through the eyes of Laura, the author's fictional counterpart, Flora describes the cottages, characters, and way of life of the agricultural labourers and their families with whom she grew up; seasonal celebrations, schooling, church-going,entertainment and story-telling are described in fond and documentary detail. Later, when Laura leaves school and becomes assistant to the village postmistress, the same loving detail brings vividly to life the rural post office and its staff. This new edition of the trilogy reproduces the original wood-engravings by Julie Neild and includes a new introduction by Phillip Mallett which looks at the background to the books and their enduring popularity.
Flora Thompson was born in 1876 at Juniper Hill, a hamlet on the Oxfordshire-Northamptonshire border described in Lark Rise. After leaving school at the age of fourteen, she was sent to assist the village postmistress, who also kept the smithy, and appears prominently in Candleford Green. After her marriage she moved to Bournemouth, a...
Title:Lark Rise To CandlefordFormat:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:February 13, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199601607

ISBN - 13:9780199601608

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet, honest, whimsical portrayal of 1880's Oxfordshire I did enjoy the book , but liked the background it gave me into the wonderful BBC TV series I watch. I smile when Flora details certain characters and then know them on TV. The book is more of a history as opposed to a novel although it too focuses more on the character Laura (Flora Thompson's biographical character). I do like historical books whether fact or fiction and this book resembles "Anne of Green Gables", a special, favourite of mine.
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's not a novel Lark Rise to Candleford is good book, but it's not a novel. There is no dialogue, no action, no plot, etc. I recommend this book especially if you're an historian, but if you enjoy only reading novels then don't buy this book because it will bore the heck out of you. But, if you are interested in an exact account of English history and culture in the late 19th century then it's perfect for you. The narrator is looking back on her youth as she gives a detailed story of her childhood in Lark Rise. The narrator gives a straight forward description of the daily goings-on of peasant life in a hamlet. Below are a few things the narrator talks about: -Victorian dress, such as the popularity of leather breaches -The Hungry Forties -the jobs men and women did Stories about Twister, Queenie, Old Sally, Dick, etc... most of the characters in the BBC series are in the book -unpopularity of snuff with the younger generation -the law -the workhouse -the beginnings of Old Age Pension -reading of novelettes -social gatherings according to age -buying from peddlers vs. shops -how they washed themselves (ie, toothbrushes were a luxury) -May Day -going to church -the harvest -exactly how they cooked, -the town of candleford life in comparison to a hamlet life -And, of course the Post Office...etc. I could go on forever. At times it was a nice read and at times a dreadfully boring read.
Date published: 2009-04-23