Lorna Doone

Lorna Doone

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by R. D. Blackmore, R.D. Blackmore
     
 

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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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780233990767
Publisher:
Deutsch, Andre
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Series:
Andre Deutsch Classics
Pages:
319
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825–1900) wrote more than a dozen novels, five books of poetry, and translated Virgil’s Georgics.

Michelle Allen teaches Victorian literature at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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Lorna Doone 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorna Doone is a combination of romance, adventure and history. The novel is set during the political and religious warfare of 17th century England. The aristocratic Doones are an outlaw clan, who lost their land and fortune in a legal dispute. They kidnap Lorna, heir to a vast fortune, when she is 5 years old and raise her as a Doone. The Doones plan to marry her to Carver Doone and then lay claim to her money and property. However, John Ridd, whose father was killed by the Doones, accidentally wanders into the Doone stronghold, where he meets Lorna. Even though she is a Doone he falls in love with her. The pair meets secretly for several years. Then John rescues Lorna to prevent her impending marriage to Carver. John's hopes of marrying Lorna are dashed when the British High Court discovers that Lorna is the daughter and immediate heir of the late Earl of Dugal. She becomes a ward of the court and is placed in the custody of an uncle. John and Lorna have to overcome rank (which was very rigid in those days), money and religious differences to find a way to be together. During the time period in which Lorna Doone was set King Charles II was on the throne. The Protestant British feared that Charles was too close to the Papacy and feared that the Pope was undermining British sovereignty. John Ridd's home becomes the base of operations for the King's troops and spies, who are out to prevent an uprising against the King. The book contains political intrigue, rebellions, a secret goldmine, an attack on the Doone stronghold that goes wrong when competing militias turn their guns on each other, religious tension and divided loyalties to the King. Lorna Doone is a wonderful book with a beautiful love story, edge-of-your-seat adventure and fascinating history. Some of the language is archaic, so I wouldn't recommend this novel for teenagers unless they are mature readers. If you love classic literature you will enjoy this book. English history buffs will also find this an interesting read due to its factual historical setting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blackmoore writes very well, and with much character, which made the book so enchanting, you can't help but love John Ridd. However, the plot moves along extremely slowly for the first 300 pages. Otherwise, super!
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Gloriously satisfying....a joy to read and re-read.
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Kelsey Buchanan More than 1 year ago
Like i said the begining was very slow and rather boribg but as u get more into it it gets better! I do have to say that it was very similar to Romeo and Juliet. This is a real life account so i cant say its a ripp off of it but again very simiulat.
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katknit More than 1 year ago
As a very young child, John Ridd encounters the equally young Lorna while fishing in Doone territory. The Doones, born noble, were deprived of their birthright, and now live in a fortress above the Somerset moors, sometimes emerging to pillage the countryside for food, money, and comely women. It's love at first sight for John, who, in spite of the fact that the Doones murdered his own father, falls hard for the enchanting Lorna. Blackmore's romance/adventure takes the couple through trials and tribulations, and the lowborn John sadly doubts that he can ever be worthy of Lorna. Little does he know of her true origins. Blackmore, naturally, wrote in the language of his times, a style that tends toward poetical effusion. The modern reader must summon up the patience to work through the verbosity to find the gem of a story beneath. It's well worth the effort, and flashes of gentle satire and humor help make the journey a satisfying one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in the process of reading this book right now and I think that it is the best book that I have ever read. The plot has unexpected twists and turns and it is a real page turner. It is simply wonderful!