Lark Rise to Candleford: A Trilogy

Lark Rise to Candleford A Trilogy Introduction by Richard Mabey and illustrated with wood engravings by Julie Neild At the end of the th century Lark Rise an isolated hamlet deep in the Oxfordshire countryside was a rough and ready

  • Title: Lark Rise to Candleford: A Trilogy
  • Author: Flora Thompson Richard Mabey Julie Neild
  • ISBN: 9781567923636
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • Introduction by Richard Mabey and illustrated with wood engravings by Julie Neild At the end of the 19th century, Lark Rise an isolated hamlet deep in the Oxfordshire countryside was a rough and ready place, simple in its routines and narrow in outlook Its people lived by the land, and the village year followed that of nature s cycle, as it had done for generations.Introduction by Richard Mabey and illustrated with wood engravings by Julie Neild At the end of the 19th century, Lark Rise an isolated hamlet deep in the Oxfordshire countryside was a rough and ready place, simple in its routines and narrow in outlook Its people lived by the land, and the village year followed that of nature s cycle, as it had done for generations They laboured from dawn till dusk, and would often find themselves on the brink of poverty, yet, for all the hardship, the inhabitants of Lark Rise led a happy life A country wedding, dancing on the green until dusk fell and the stars came out , the gathering of cowslips for the May Day garland, the beauty of the ripened cornfields, the Harvest Home feast of hams, plum puddings and beer such unselfconscious, joyous moments turned their lives into ones of real fulfilment and pleasure Lark Rise was published in 1939 and was followed by Over to Candleford in 1941 and then Candleford Green in 1943 the popularity of the novels led to their publication in the form of an omnibus in 1945 under the title Lark Rise to Candleford and this particular edition has been published by arrangement with Penguin Books, London t p verso.

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    1. What a gift Thompson has bequeathed us. In our academies we learn history from the top down: “Big" people first followed by middling ones who managed to become important, and then the rest - farmers, laborers, servants, and craftsmen who left little more to posterity than their names in parish records and the artifacts we dig up (when we want to build a new road e.g.), catalog, and make stories about. The former existence of these people, from whom most of us are descended, are only known to u [...]

    2. Like so many others, I wanted to read Lark Rise to Candleford because I love the TV series. The book was not really what I expected, having very little plot and only focusing seriously on a few characters. (Mainly Laura, of course. So most characters you know and love from the show only get passing mentions in the books, at best.) But still, I loved it! It was such a lovely book. At first I found it a little dry, but soon became enchanted with the description of life in Lark Rise (where the firs [...]

    3. This is a very long book! It almost reads more like a blog (a very faithfully, well written blog) that Flora Thompson is keeping of her life in the late 1800's in rural England. Despite the lack of plot (think of the lack of plot in a good blog, yet it's still interesting to read) it moves with grace from one topic to another, or from one interesting person to another. I do recommend the television series to those who are fans of costume drama. The characters are so incredibly truthful with each [...]

    4. Seeing as this book is 3 books in 1 my review has averaged the 3 books. Book 1: Lark Rise 1 starRather boring overly detailed living in crappy village. I would think it was endearing and sweet if she didn't destroy all her lovely anecdotes with something horrible about what happened years later. Like Twister, lovely old man, years later he took to kill cats. Laura's father, worked hard his whole life hoping to better his family and get out of Lark Rise, he died in the same cottage 40 years later [...]

    5. Yes,I got hoooked on the TV series and then bought the book but I have been wanting to read it for a while. When I was a child I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and Flora Thompson has that same feeling of historical detail mixed with a nostalgic sensitivity, both being told from the point of view of a child but written in adulthood many years after the events (Laurie Lee's Cider With Rosie and Christy Browns Down All the Days also do this beautifully). This gives the writing a glorious sens [...]

    6. At sixteen, I thought this book was a colossal bore, where was the excitement I was craving for At a much later date, when my craze for excitement in books had abated, I picked it up and found it very good. It really is a meticulous account about rural England at around the beginning of the Twentieth Century . The author Flora Thompson has worked extremely hard to write everything she observed in her village, the lives of the peasants, the food they ate, the crops they grew, not a single detail [...]

    7. I was inspired to get myself a copy of this book after being delighted with the BBC miniseries (am eagerly awaiting season 4, even if it is only partial). I've tried to describe how this book reads, not sure I'm going to be successful here. Let's see. It's a semi-fictional (I think names of people & places are changed, no idea what else was fictionalized) auto-biography that reads like great fiction, but not in a "fiction" way at all, but in a great biography/historical document sort of way. [...]

    8. I am entirely willing to admit that I read this book because of the TV series - but I wasn't at all disappointed that so few of the relationships in the series are here. Laura and her family, life in the hamlet, life in the town, are so much more vivid than I expected in a book that does little more than describe the basics of life at the end of the 19th century in rural England, that I cannot wish Thompson had more of a narrative arc in the three books that make up this book. I don't think I've [...]

    9. Thanks to some of my co-workers, I was definitely pulled into the BBC series that was based upon this three-in-one book written by Flora Thompson, who was sharing her experiences growing up in the Oxfordshir hamlet of Juniper, which she renamed Lark Rise, and finding employment as she trained under the postmistress, her cousin Dorcas, in the nearby town of Candleford. Flora, who calls herself Laura throughout the book, has a good eye for detail and is able to share the information of what it was [...]

    10. LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD. (1939-1943). Flora Thompson. ****.This is essentially a lightly concealed memoir about a young girl growing up in the English countryside. Flora becomes Laura, and, in the process manages to convey to the reader what it was like back in the day. The three books are “Lark Rise” (1939), “Over to Candleford” (1941), and “Candleford Green” (1943). A fourth volume, “Still Glides the Stream,” was released in 1948, a year after the author’s death, but is not n [...]

    11. Like Little House on the Prairie but with more textual awareness of poverty, class, and sexism. Also, it's set in rural Victorian England. Otherwise, just like, complete with grand tales of killing the pig and stories about getting dresses muddy on the miles-long walk to school.

    12. I picked up this book because I had found the BBC production of "Lark Rise to Candleford" so very endearing. The book is quite different from the series, however, but has a very similar tone. Whilst the show is episodic and has a loose overarching storyline which underpins each season, the book itself is almost entirely lacking in plot.It is very good writing indeed which can hold my attention for 537 pages when those pages are filled with description and anecdotes.I soaked up every word as it d [...]

    13. If you loved Little House on the Prairie when you were a little girl and love all the Masterpiece Theater productions (like Cranford especially) and eagerly await each and every Jane Austen adaptation you are in for a treat. If you also like long novels you won't be dissapointed. This is not an exciting novel. It's not at all thrilling, but neither is it sappy or mushy-gushy. It's actually a realistic barely-disguised memoir of an English lady who grew up in a poor country hamlet. I've just fini [...]

    14. I never read the sequels but I loved this book. The pace is so gentle and the book itself is gentle: Flora Thompson's slow, descriptive style is a way of writing that's vanished in this fast-moving world of ours where we feel cheated if the first sentences of a novel don't immediately make a bid for our attention. The sixth word in the first sentence of Lark Rise is gentle:'The hamlet stood on a gentle rise in the flat, wheat-growing north-east corner of Oxfordshire. We will call it Lark Rise be [...]

    15. I've been alive 29 years now and I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to get round to reading my namesake book. I was pretty eager to start this, but found that eagerness wearing off pretty sharpish.The trouble is with 'The Lark Rise To Candleford' is that not a great deal happens, especially in the first part of the trilogy. We spend the whole of Lark Rise having the way of life they describe to us in great detail, with only small titbits about Laura thrown in.The second two books were a grea [...]

    16. The setting is rural Oxfordshire, England, in the 1880s and 90s, written half a century later. Although it is an autobiographical account of the author's childhood and youth--she being Laura, rather than Flora--it is written in third-person. However, other than a few remarks comparing later events and conditions with the time period being chronicled, the narrative is not that of a mature adult reminiscing about the past. Instead, the story is told with the innocence of a young child, largely dis [...]

    17. This is one of those “saw the TV series before I heard about the book” books. I mean it has Saffie in it. Anyways, this book is different, but it’s not bad. I just wish it had little more than in the way of a plot or was a straight out memoir. The three books that make up this edition detail the life of the poor people (low class) that Flora Thompson came from. In this regard, it does make the first volume, “Lark Rise”, the best of the three. The level of detail and the almost chatty t [...]

    18. "Lark Rise to Candleford" is an autobiography about a woman who grew up in a small, very poor hamlet in England from 1876 to 1892. (She refers to herself as "Laura" instead of writing as "I.") As a teenager, she often spent her summers in a nearby town where her better-off cousins lived. At age 16, she went to work in a post office at the edge of that town. She described life--education, games, holidays, etc.--at that time, but she also tells stories about things she did relating to these subjec [...]

    19. If you are considering "Lark Rise to Candleford" after watching the series, you won't be disappointed if you are looking for a richer picture of the communities and customs of that time and place. If you are looking for drama or even a plot line, you may be surprised. I, for one, loved the pace and description of this memoir-esque book and found it perfectly delightful to read from beginning to end. The first section of the book about the hamlet of Lark Rise was particularly beautiful and intrig [...]

    20. from - An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.This is Thompson writing in Austen's 'Emma' mode, executing her fictionalised autobiography. After a while the self-righteous moralising tone palls, however it is well worth a dip-in.

    21. I have just re-read Flora Thompson's classic story of the English countryside 'Lark Rise to Candleford'. Originally written as three separate novels (1939 , 1941, 1943) the books were abridged to form this one publication in 1945 and has remained a much-loved account ever since. It is semi-autobiographical with Flora being Laura in the book and her home village of Juniper named Lark Rise. Some critics believe the story, written when Flora was in her 60s, is a highly romanticised version of life [...]

    22. Lark Rise: 3 starsThe first part of the book reads very much like a history textbook: impressions of life in an Oxfordshire hamlet in the decade of the 1880's. There is no story as such, only descriptions of everyday life in the hamlet (what food they ate, what clothes they wore, what their houses were like, what jobs they performed, how they raised their children, the school & the church, holidays and the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 1887). Interesting but a little dry.

    23. I loved these books so much! They're beautiful, melancholy, funny, and lyrical without ever either romanticizing or being overly dismal about the rough rural life. The style is simple and straightforward, but not dry, you really feel the authors affection for the people and place. This is a trilogy of three books together, but it reads perfectly as one.

    24. Beloved Memories of a Country GirlhoodLARK RISE Set in the latter part of Queen Victoria’s reign this first part of Thompson’s trilogy captivates readers despite the fact that it proves virtually plot less, with minimal character development.Although narrated in the 3rd person the 250 pages provide gentle nostalgia for on the part of young Laura. Written from the vantage of mature reflection decades after her girlhood Lark Rise preserves with fondness but without bitter sentimentality a vani [...]

    25. Lark Rise to Candleford was an intriguing journey. I had mixed feelings about it all the way and there were several times when I nearly abandoned ship. But I kept going, and the reading got better the further I got. In the end, I wished the story went on longer, so I could follow Laura further into her newly independent life.This book is hard to define – could it have pioneered the ‘fictionalised memoir’ long before it became a well known genre? It’s basically non-fiction, written in epi [...]

    26. Sensitive and book-loving Laura is born in the rural hamlet of Lark Rise, where life has followed an unchanging pattern for centuries and the days are governed by the rhythms of nature. This is the unforgettable story of her beloved home: a place where children know the name of every bird, flower and tree; men work the fields; women gossip over the fence; and the last relics of country customs have yet to die out. Whether it is describing ancient traditions such as the Mayday garland procession, [...]

    27. Lark Rise to Candleford is actually three books, "Larkrise", "Over to Candleford", and "Candleford Green". Set in rural 1890's Oxfordshire, the author recounts her childhood, writing down all the little details and beauty of country life. Flora Thompson was a naturalist and her love of nature is self-evident in this trilogy. "Nearer at hand where the trees and bushes and wild-flower patches beside the path she had trodden daily. The pond where the yellow brandyball waterlilies grew, the little b [...]

    28. (I found this at the library after watching series 1 and 2 of the BBC production on DVD. My copy was an abridged version, gorgeously illustrated with cottage scenes by the likes of Sir George Clausen, Helen Allingham and Claude Strachan.)What a lovely book! Published in 1939, it's an account of the author's childhood in an English country village in the late 1800s, and it reads very much like Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Little House' series, and is just as timeless. Phenomenally detailed in some pla [...]

    29. I decided to read this book because I enjoyed the BBC series adapted from it, and plus, the main character shares my name, so how could I resist? Though it's technically a book of fiction, it doesn't really read like one. It's more a collection of stories and reminiscences of a way of life that has long since been lost. There wasn't really an overall plot, so it wasn't a gripping page-turner of a book, but pleasant enough to read as long as it was done in small portions.I couldn't help but compa [...]

    30. I think this semi-autobiographical book is more of a memoir than a novel, as there isn't much dialogue & not much "happens" in the way of a plot. It's more a series of vignettes & descriptions to do with various aspects of life in the British countryside at the turn of the twentieth century. Most of the time, the telling is matter-of-fact recollections, unshaded by how the third-person narrator felt about anything, & that actually works very well for its purpose. The reader emerges f [...]

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