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"; "Over to Candleford"; "Candleford Green": A Trilogy (Lark Rise to Candleford #1-3 omnibus)User Review - Josephine - Goodreads
I love the tv-series, so I was curious about the book. I really didn't get what I expected. It is as if the book is some sort of a draft for the series. It gives a setting, background information ... Read full review
Review: Lark Rise to Candleford (Lark Rise to Candleford #1-3 omnibus)User Review - Patricia - Goodreads
Lark Rise to Candleford is one of the few books that I enjoyed more on film than in print. It is not really a novel or an autobiography - it's more like a memoir and/or atmosphere piece. It is a ... Read full review