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review 2015-05-03 19:20
Interesting but no plot, really
Lark Rise to Candleford: a Trilogy - Flora Thompson

This is one of those “saw the TV series before I heard about the book” books.  I mean it has Saffie in it.  Anyways, this book is different, but it’s not bad.  I just wish it had little more than in the way of a plot or was a straight out memoir.


                The three books that make up this edition detail the life of the poor people (low class) that Flora Thompson came from.  In this regard, it does make the first volume, “Lark Rise”, the best of the three.  The level of detail and the almost chatty tone in Lark Rise make up for the slight lack of characterization.  You can be there, and you can understand why it was adapted into a series.  This falls off slightly in the second book, “Over Candleford,” though some of the charm is still there, and there is more reference to subjects that were taboo, such as drunkenness and its corresponding violence.  The third volume, detailing Laura’s rise to a job is perhaps the weakest because while it is the closest to having a plot, it doesn’t quite, and the charm is missing in large sections.


                Still it captures what was and how it changed quite well. 



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photo 2013-04-11 15:24

I live for second-hand book shopping. Whenever I feel the slightest bit down I head straight for the charity shops. Oxfam are particularly good for old and interesting books, including this lovely hardback copy of Brideshead Revisited (which is also beautifully illustrated). To be honest, getting first pick of the donated books is one of the perks of volunteering there;) I’ve also picked up Lark Rise to Candleford, a Penguin book on Victorian Literature and a volume of Jane Austen’s letters! Thoroughly satisfying:)

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review 2011-12-31 00:00
Lark Rise to Candleford: "Lark Rise"; "Over to Candleford"; "Candleford Green": A Trilogy - Flora Thompson from imdb - An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.This is Thompson writing in Austen's 'Emma' mode, executing her fictionalised autobiography. After a while the self-righteous moralising tone palls, however it is well worth a dip-in.
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review 2011-12-10 00:00
Lark Rise to Candleford: a Trilogy - Flora Thompson Like Little House on the Prairie but with more textual awareness of poverty, class, and sexism. Also, it's set in rural Victorian England. Otherwise, just like, complete with grand tales of killing the pig and stories about getting dresses muddy on the miles-long walk to school.
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review 2010-12-02 00:00
Lark Rise to Candleford: A Trilogy
Lark Rise to Candleford: a Trilogy - Flora Thompson This is a very long book! It almost reads more like a blog (a very faithfully, well written blog) that Flora Thompson is keeping of her life in the late 1800's in rural England. Despite the lack of plot (think of the lack of plot in a good blog, yet it's still interesting to read) it moves with grace from one topic to another, or from one interesting person to another. I do recommend the television series to those who are fans of costume drama. The characters are so incredibly truthful with each other that it draws out the truth in your life. It makes you confront it because the characters in the show do so. The truth can be painful, but also it can set you free. I have found both to be true. Yet, I always like it if the truth in my life can end and begin with a small, but good smile of self acceptance. I do try to be sure to put that in if I possibly can. I find an understanding smile is a good side dish to serve with truth.
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