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Cider With Rosie (The Autobiographical Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Laurie Lee Mbe
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Cider with Rosie is a wonderfully vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a now-distant past.

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"Utterly captivating" (Four Shires)

"A classic of English literature" (Good Book Guide)

"[Laurie Lee] froze a moment in time for us. You don’t forget the language and he is wonderful at detail" (Michael Morpurgo Daily Express)

"It has got a marvellous morning freshness. There is hardly a sentence in it that does not set the sense of touch and smell, as well as sight and hearing, tingling" (Daily Mail)

"Remains as fresh and full of joy and gratitude for youth and its sensations as when it first appeared. It sings in the memory" (Sunday Times)

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one of Susan Hampshire's `Six Best Books': `utterly charming'

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long ago and far away 23 Aug. 2007
By Bob Sherunkle VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
"They said: `You're Laurie Lee, aren't you? Well just you sit there for the present.' I sat there all day but I never got it. I ain't going back there again." This is Laurie Lee's unforgettable description of his first day at school.

I have a special affection for this book, as my mother grew up in the Stroud area and was only two years younger than Laurie. Even if they didn't actually know each other, it is very likely that they met.

The story manages to be both lyrical and realistic. One minute it presents a childhood idyll, next you are faced with death - sometimes sad, sometimes brutal.

The core of the story is the life of Laurie's large and boisterous family, living in cheerful poverty in their Cotswold cottage, and above all his mercurial, warm-hearted mother (his father plays only a bit-part in events). "She was an artist, a light-giver, and an original, and she never for a moment knew it."

It is a common tendency to look back on the period of one's youth as a turning point in history, but when you read the last chapter you will understand Laurie's claim "The village had a few years left, the last of its thousand, and they passed almost without our knowing".

Rosie really did exist. Indeed, she outlived Laurie, and only three years ago she was interviewed by BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

There have been two excellent TV adaptations of the story. Unfortunately neither is currently available on DVD. (Correction August 2008 - the more recent version starring Juliet Stevenson is now available.)

The book is as golden as the cider of the title - read it and delight.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of a thousand years of rural life 22 Jun. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"Never to be forgotten, that first long secret drink of golden fire, juice of those valleys and of that time, wine of wild orchards, of russet summer, of plump red apples, and Rosie's burning cheeks. Never to be forgotten, or ever tasted again...."
I challenge any reader not be moved by the poetry and the passion of the prose in this work. Truly a classic of the twentieth century.
Deeply evocative, one can almost feel the weight of a thousand years of history, slowly disappearing while the young Laurie Lee grows up, in a chaotic house with his memorable mother and the brothers and sisters from his father's first marriage as well as the second (the father himself having left for London). We see the full, glorious spectrum of village life, almost pagan in the way everything is bound up in the seasons and the rhythms of the earth.
A book to read and read again.
"I was set down from the carrier's cart at the age of three; and there with a sense of bewilderment and terror my life in the village began."
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The edition with the perfect illustrations 31 May 2012
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
The opening page of "Cider with Rosie" describes the world through the eyes of a toddler - mysterious, unpredictable, worryingly large. Laurie Lee's genius is to keep this magical, subjective, viewpoint intact throughout the book, growing as the author grows, understanding with each chapter more of the world he swims through, a wondering, innocent, cunning, superstitious presence. Although this book is often recommended for an insight into rural life a few decades ago - and by any standard, it is one of the best books on the subject - it is for his mastery of the "child's eye view" that we should respect the writer. He resists all temptations to be "cute", he refrains from commenting on his memories, he presents them to us in utter purity. By reading it, each of us, rural or not, is able to recapture the experience of being a small child.

Towards the latter part of the book, as the narrator matures and gains a more grown-up perspective, we see more of the darker side of his world, and at last understand that this is an elegy for something that Lee, even as he lived it, began to realise was slipping from his grasp. The emeotion we feel is not the sentimental nostalgia of TV's Lark Rise To Candleford, but Lee's own grief for what he cannot now recapture, except by writing this book.

"Cider with Rosie" will make you laugh and cry, but your feelings are never manipulated for effect. Every emotion you will feel is genuine and springs from deep wihin your own experience of being a child, and growing up. This edition, with the drawings by John Ward is the one to get - their nervous, unpolished line and strange quiet power make them the perfect companion to the words; they will send shivers down your spine.

For a factual, but equally magical picture of life in a Suffolk village just after the Second World War try Akenfield. For poems that will bring you something of the same feeling as Cider with Rosie, read A Shropshire Lad (Dover Thrift).
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic memoir 30 Mar. 2006
Format:Paperback
Although Laurie Lee preferred to write poetry, he is best known for his prose: the trilogy of memoirs he wrote late in his life. "Cider with Rosie" is the first, detailing his childhood from the time he moves into his Gloucestershire home to just before he leaves to seek his fortune. His prose is extremely lyrical, especially when describing nature, his beloved mother and his three older half-sisters. Apart from the quality of the writing, "Cider with Rosie" should be read for the poetic descriptions of an England with few motorcars "where the horse was still king", agricultural communities that were able to function independently and hardly any interference from "the outside world".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
A warm, engaging, warts-and-all account of Lee's early life in a Gloucestershire village. A vivid insight into a way of life all but banished by urbanisation and road traffic. Read more
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Published 28 days ago by Mrs A Dunsmuir
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books - having first read it in secondary school
One of my favourite books - having first read it in secondary school. I love the flowery, descriptive language which paints a vivid picture of life in the post First World War... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tracey W
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
took me back to school ...Friday afternoon last lesson adn our English teacher used to read to us
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl C Hockham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it after many years of first reading it
Published 1 month ago by cassa
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reading. Funny how things have changed since the ...
Fantastic reading. Funny how things have changed since the days of........... You will find out when you read Cider with Rosie..
Published 1 month ago by Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
I first read this when I was a teenager and didn't appreciate its humour and the descriptions. Both are brilliant and took me to my own childhood in the countryside.
Published 1 month ago by LoobyLou
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic to revisit over and over again
A longtime favourite. I bought this for a friend because I love it so much. I bring it out every few years in times when the energy flags, often in winter. Beautifully written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by hijo3
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