This colourful, perceptive portrayal of English country life reverberates with the voices of the village inhabitants, from the reminiscences of survivors of the Great War evoking days gone by, to the concerns of a younger generation of farm-workers and the fascinating and personal recollections of, among others, the local schoolteacher, doctor, blacksmith, saddler, district nurse and magistrate. Providing insights into farming, education, welfare, class, religion and death, Akenfield forms a unique document of a way of life that has, in many ways, disappeared.
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Review: Akenfield: Portrait of an English VillageUser Review - Yasmin Ward - Goodreads
This is a beautiful insight into village life. It is full of prose. The transcribed interviews of the villagers have a quality of simplicity and stillness that seems to come from the villagers ... Read full review
Review: Akenfield: Portrait of an English VillageUser Review - Emma - Goodreads
I now live in Suffolk and found this a really fascinating and charming historical description of live in the late 1960's. Listening(reading)different peoples' lives and hopes was both uplifting and at ... Read full review