Akenfield - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Akenfield - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages
Published: 28/07/2005
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Waterstones Says

A pastoral time capsule of a way of life that has all but disappeared, Blythe's evocatively written account of the Suffolk village he grew up in draws from the authentic voices of the local inhabitants to captivating effect.

Ronald Blythe's perceptive and vivid evocation of the rural Suffolk he had known since childhood was acclaimed as an instant classic when it was published in 1969.

It 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 the land, education, welfare, class, religion and death, Akenfield forms a unique document of a way of life that has, in many ways, disappeared.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141187921
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 213 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A hundred years from now, anyone wanting to know how things were on the land will turn more profitably to Akenfield than to a sheaf of anaemically professional social surveys. - the Guardian

Blythe lovingly opens the curtains of legend and landscape, revealing the inner, almost clandestine, spirit of the village behind. His book consists of direct-speech monologues, delivered by 49 Suffolk residents, and interpretatively linked by the author. The effect is one of astonishing immediacy: it is as if those country people have looked up for a moment from their plow, lawnmower or kitchen sink, and are talking directly (and disturbingly frankly) to the reader - Jan Morris, The New York Times

Exquisite - John Updike

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“Superb oral-history style account”

It's a superb oral-history style account of a rural England now probably gone forever. the serf-like oppression of the rural workers even as late as WW2 was a real eye-opener for me.

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