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: Voices of Akenfield (Penguin English Journeys #1)User Review - Catherine - Goodreads
A short but sweet book based on an amalgam of villages in Suffolk. People from old to young give voice to attitudes and also to a way of life that was changing drastically by the time Ronald Blythe ... Read full review
Review: Voices of Akenfield (Penguin English Journeys #1)User Review - Heather Clitheroe - Goodreads
Quite a marvelous book. I cut my teeth, so to speak, on James Herriot's books, and though Akenfield would have been referring more to East Anglia than Yorkshire, the stories reminded me a lot of Herriot's characters. It's quite an interesting - if short - read. Greatly recommended. Read full review