The Romany Rye

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Echo Library, 2006 - Fiction - 484 pages
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User Review  - Lucy - Goodreads

You certainly need to have read Lavengro before this - the snag is, that Lavengro is extremely heavy going, whereas this is more conversational, he names characters rather more, and it is generally ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pete - Goodreads

A lot this this would be hard to follow without reading Lavengro first to which it is a sequel. Tales of characters met on the roads of England in mid 19th century, at horse fairs, encampments and ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Borrow was employed by the (Protestant) Bible Society to distribute bibles in Catholic Spain in 1835. He encountered much opposition and was on one occasion imprisoned for three weeks. The famous account of his experience has little to do with the Bible and much to do with the people, land, and perils of his journey. Borrow is as racy in his descriptions of places as of people. Lavengro (1851) and its sequel, The Romany Rye (1857), are like novels in their interest and excitement. They are stories of gypsies, rich in gypsy lore, superstitions, and customs. Borrow spent many years in close association with Spanish gypsies and translated the Gospel of St. Luke into their language. His linguistic abilities were remarkable; he gives much space to word derivations, particularly in Lavengro. His books abound in pugnacious passages; his attacks on Sir Walter Scott (see Vol. 1), on prizefighters, and on "papists" are indicative of some of his sharp prejudices. He wrote marvelously, however, and those who admire him are devotees for life.

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