Modern Classics Lark Rise To Candleford A Trilogy by Flora ThompsonModern Classics Lark Rise To Candleford A Trilogy by Flora Thompson

Modern Classics Lark Rise To Candleford A Trilogy

byFlora ThompsonForeword byH J Massingham

Paperback | December 23, 2008

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Flora Thompson's immortal trilogy, containing "Lark Rise", "Over To Candleford" and "Candleford Green", is a heartwarming portrayal of country life at the close of the 19th century. This story of three closely related Oxfordshire communities - a hamlet, the nearby village and a small market town - is based on the author's experiences during childhood and youth. It chronicles May Day celebrations and forgotten children's games, the daily lives of farmworkers and craftsmen, friends and relations - all painted with a gaiety and freshness of observation that make this trilogy an evocative and sensitive memorial to Victorian rural England. With a new introduction by Richard Mabey
Flora Thompson (5 December 1876 – 21 May 1947) was an English novelist and poet famous for her semi-autobiographical trilogy about the English countryside, Lark Rise to Candleford.
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Title:Modern Classics Lark Rise To Candleford A TrilogyFormat:PaperbackPublished:December 23, 2008Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141183314

ISBN - 13:9780141183312

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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