Lark Rise to Candlefordby Flora Thompson, Phillip Mallett
The inspiration for a popular television series that aired on PBS in 2009, 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 Thompson's childhood and youth during the 1880s in Lark Risein reality
The inspiration for a popular television series that aired on PBS in 2009, 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 Thompson's childhood and youth during the 1880s in Lark Risein reality Juniper Hill, the hamlet in Oxfordshire where she was born. Through the eyes of Laura, the author's fictional counterpart, Thompson describes the cottages, characters, and way of life of the agricultural laborers and their families with whom she grew upseasonal celebrations, schooling, church-going, entertainment, and story-telling are described in fond and vivid detail. This new edition of the trilogy, the only hardback edition in print, boasts an attractive format complete with ribbon marker and the original wood-engravings by Julie Neild. The edition includes a new introduction by Phillip Mallett, which looks at the background to the books and their enduring popularity, plus a useful select bibliography and a chronology of Flora Thompson's life and publications.
- Oxford University Press, USA
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- 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.70(d)
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Phillip Mallett is Lecturer in English at the University of St Andrews.
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Although set in Oxfordshire this is typical of life in any County of England away from the large industrial towns in the late 1800's. Being so it could almost be the long awaited historical textbook without the reader having to pay attention to dates, important people & special events. It is by far one of the best accounts of ordinary people, their lives, loves & fatalities that I have read in a long time. The knowledge base is factual & as such paints a realistic picture of individuals & their effects within & on this small community. I am not going to drone on, its an excellent read & although fiction it would be better suited under the non-fiction section of our bookshelves.
I decided to buy this book after watching the BBC series based on it. I loved the series and was delighted to learn that not only was it based on a true story but that the book was availiable. I can honestly say I was not dissapointed in my purchase. While at times the story is slower than the series it includes much more description of country life, which to me an avid scholar of history was fantastic. The great story at the heart of this tale is still intact though and I found myself recognizing lines straight out of the tv series. I would recomend this to anyone who is a fan of a good story and has an interest in English history. For those though that may find the long pages of description to cumbersome I would definatley suggest you check out the BBC version which has much more action and the same great characters. The BBC series is also availiable on DVD from Barnes & Noble. Series 1 now and Series 2 next year.