Lark Rise to Candleford
In his introduction, H. J. Massingham observes that Thompson "possesses the attributes both of sympathetic presentation and literary power to such a degree of quality and beauty that her claims upon posterity can hardly be questioned." He calls the books themselves "a triune achievement: a triumph of evocation in the resurrecting of an age that, being transitional, was the most difficult to catch as it flew; another in diversity of rural portraiture engagingly blended with autobiography; and the last in the overtones and implications of a set of values which is the author's 'message'." This is the story of three closely-related Oxfordshire communities – a hamlet, a village, and a town – and the memorable cast of characters who people them. Based on her own experiences as a child and young woman, it is keenly observed and beautifully narrated, quiet and evocative. The books have inspired two plays that ran in London, and a new ten-part BBC-TV drama series to be broadcast in the US in 2009.
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Review: Lark Rise to Candleford (Lark Rise to Candleford #1-3 omnibus)User Review - Jerry M - Goodreads
I read this book a few months ago and recommended it to my wife who has just finished it. It starts out with a lot of description and her descriptions are well done It is slow going at the start, but ... Read full review
Review: Lark Rise to Candleford (Lark Rise to Candleford #1-3 omnibus)User Review - Thomas Ullman - Goodreads
It's not a rip roaring read and not so easy as the (excellent) TV series but LRTC is a serious story wrapped up in simple tales of rural English life and of a time no longer remembered by anyone still ... Read full review