Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor

Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor

by R. D. Blackmore

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Overview

'Every woman clutched her child, and every man turned pale at the very name of "Doone"'

John Ridd, an unsophisticated farmer, falls in love with the beautiful and aristocratic Lorna Doone, kidnapped as a child by the outlaw Doones on Exmoor. Ridd's rivalry with the villainous Carver Doone reaches a dramatic climax that will determine Lorna's future happiness.

First published in 1869, Lorna Doone was praised by R. L. Stevenson and Thomas Hardy and has remained constantly in print. The novel has many aspects: it is a romance; a historical novel set at the time of the Monmouth Rebellion in the seventeenth century; and a new development in the pastoral tradition. Underneath an ostensibly idyllic evocation of rural bliss and tale of love and high adventure lies a solid defence of Victorian social values, and a hero whose self-doubt prompts him constantly to prove himself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512198546
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/13/2015
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

R. D. Blackmore (1825-1900) was one of the most famous English novelists of the second half of the 19th Century. He is often known as the "Last Victorian" and is best known for his third novel Lorna Doone published in 1869. The novel pioneered a new romantic movement in English fiction and remains in print to this day.

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Lorna Doone 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 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!
dissed1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lorna Doone, the centuries old tale of adventure and love in remote England, is a true classic in every sense. R. D. Blackmore, though wordy, writes John Ridd's tale of rivalry and respect easily, with many unexpected plot turns. As typical of romantic adventures of the time, the drama is abundant and the characters well imagined. It's a lengthy story and you need to invest some time to get the most from it, but you won't be sorry by the time you turn the last page. Blackmore was the type of writer who left no strings hanging and his reader well satisfied. Some of the vocabulary used is old, and somewhat hard to decipher, though the version I read conveniently contains a glossary at the back, for easy reference. The novel is worth a bit of effort; it is as engaging and relevant today as when it was written in 1869. Once encountered, you won't soon forget the larger than life John Ridd and his everlasting love affair with beautiful Lorna, or the strife he puts himself through to nurture it.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not one of the best 'classics' I have ever read - I found the narrator rather unformed, and the various skirmishes with the Duke of Monmouth became tedious. There were good bits though - notably the tense confrontation with the Doone family early on in the book. The trouble is, I kept thinking, just transpose the whole scenario into the modern day, have the Doone family living on a sink estate with a rusting Rover up on bricks in the front garden, Lorna would have been just as rough as the rest of them, I'm sure. Why it should be any different in olden times I don't really understand.
natumi.s on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Doone family lived in a secret valley. They were robbers and murderers.One man which named John hated them. Because John's father were killed by them.So, John killed them.I think it is not good to kill people.There was the way which judged The Doone family.For example, taking their all weapons and so on...
drpeff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i have read this multiple times. great story.
herschelian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first read Lorna Doone in my teens, and thought it the most romantic book ever. Recently I heard it dramatised on the radio and so when staying down in Devon decided it would be appropriate to re-read it. I still find it a wonderful read, but at my advanced age see much more of the underlying case for Victorian social values that the author is promoting, something which escaped me entirely on first reading! John Ridd is a very human hero with his self-doubt removing any possibility of unreal perfection. Reading this for the second time made me go and find other material on the Monmouth Rebellion, so as ever one book leads to another.
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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!