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A Rose For Winter (Vintage Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Laurie Lee
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"He has a nightingale inside him, a capacity for sensuous, lyrical precision" (Guardian)

"One of the great writers of the last century whose work conjured up a world of earthly warmth and beauty" (Independent)

"Out of a winter in Southern Spain, Mr Lee has spun a magnificent book, outstanding even in a field where the competition is oppressively brilliant'" (New Statesman)

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'He writes like an angel, and conveys the pride and vitality of the humblest Spanish life with unfailing sharpness, zest and humour' Sunday Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 220 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099479710
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00413PJ0I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Laurie Lee was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, in 1914, and was educated at Slad village school and Stroud Central School. At the age of nineteen he walked to London and then travelled on foot through Spain, where he was trapped by the outbreak of the Civil War. He later returned by crossing the Pyrenees, as described in his book A Moment of War. In 1950 he married Catherine Polge and they had one daughter.

Laurie Lee published four collections of poems: The Sun My Monument (1944), The Bloom of Candles (1947), My Many-Coated Man (1955) and Pocket Poems (1960). His other works include The Voyage of Magellan (1948), a verse play for radio; A Rose for Winter (1955), which records his travels in Andalusia; The Firstborn (1964); I Can't Stay Long (1975), a collection of his occasional writing; and Two Women (1983). He also wrote three bestselling volumes of autobiography: Cider with Rosie (1959), which has sold over six million copies worldwide, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and A Moment of War (1991), which are also published by Penguin in a single volume entitled Red Sky at Sunrise (1992).

Laurie Lee died in May 1997. In its obituary the Guardian wrote, 'He had a nightingale inside him, a capacity for sensuous, lyrical precision', and the Independent praised him as 'one of the great writers of this century whose work conjured up a world of earthy warmth and beauty'.


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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vividly evocative 10 Oct 2009
By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This little book describes the Andalucian journey Laurie Lee made with his wife Kati in winter of 1951-2. Published in 1955, it was his first book (not counting some earlier collections of verse), predating Cider with Rosie, his best-known work, by four years. He was to write about his Spanish travels again in his following book As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969), although that deals with an earlier journey. Comparing the two, the present book could be viewed as a more straightforward travelogue, presenting vividly evocative pictures of a handful of towns, the landscape and the people who live there.

I took this along to reread on a trip to Andalucia last week, and was very pleased I'd remembered to do so: to be able to, for example, read about how (p34) "Seville remains, favoured and sensual, exuding from the banks of its golden river a miasma of perpetual excitement" whilst sitting on the bus headed for that fair city created a tangible sense of expectation that was more than met by the experience of seeing Seville for the first time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Social History 30 Dec 2010
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Although one of Lee's lesser known books it is a fascinating account of his return to Andalucia in early 1950s with his wife. He reminisces about his first stay in Spain and sees for him self what has changed during the intervening years in post civil war Spain. With his unique writing style, he magically transports the reader into the scene with his beautifully described images taking us on his journey throughout the province savouring the sights and smells alongside him. He is met with warmth and hospitality from the locals, many of whom are barely above the poverty line. His strong pounds went a long way in this Spanish era as he revisits the sites where he spent time in his youth. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fireworks all the way 11 Mar 2014
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Its not often that you come across a literary novel these days that a) has something to say about existence b) has much of a real narrative to it. Perhaps this novel has a go at doing a) in that it is saying something about the authenticity of Spanish life in the time he visits there in the 1950's, but mainly it is a showcase of Lee's prose writing ability giving an account of the high and happy times he has there. He shows us scenes of joyous eating, drinking and music making. For me however, splendiferous though it was it was like watching a display of fireworks that went on ever so slightly too long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Laurie Lee adventure in Spain 21 May 2013
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A long travel through a period and now difficult to imagine period of Spain and a people's almost entirely gone. Beautiful poetic style but needs perseverance and imagination to love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A true classic with wonderful sweetly rolling passages that leave you mesmerised with their clarity and beauty. Tales of bull fights and flamenco are unmatched. Brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Jan 2013
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Having lived in Spain for 10 years (although back in England now) I have been to most of the places mentioned in this book. Have also read his trilogy and I Can,t Stay Long.He has got the grasp of the Spanish psyche better than any other writer I know.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The craft of writing 10 Feb 2009
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Not the best of Lee's work, but nonetheless an outstanding example, like all his work, of what the craft of writing, of poetic description in prose, is all about and a unique insight of Civil War Spain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Laurie Lee brilliance! 13 July 2014
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Brilliant book by a brilliant writer
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a joy. Of it's time and an insight into the ...
This was a joy. Of it's time and an insight into the places and cultures that none of us will ever see. I'd call it a substantial book, a good meal for the soul.
Published 2 days ago by Mr. Philip Mcginness
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wanted it to make up a trilogy of Laurie Lee's Spanish travels
Published 17 days ago by magenta
5.0 out of 5 stars Flavours and sensations of Spain
Wonderfully evocative description of life in Spain as it once was, the colourful writing makes you want to go and find how much of Laurie Lee's Spanish world still exists.
Published 1 month ago by Julia H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic writing to immerse yourself in
I returned to Laurier Lee before all the centenary hype and loved immersing myself on his lilting poetic writing once again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C Armitage
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The recipient of this gift enjoyed it. She has only recently been introduced to Laurie Lee's work.
Published 2 months ago by tess
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Book is good quality. Good simple local collection. Whole service is excellent value for money and convenience.
Published 3 months ago by Wej Parry
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Again another book I really enjoyed so much. I have passed these books on as I would like to see other people reading these.
Published 6 months ago by misty
1.0 out of 5 stars Laurie lee
I loved this. He is a poet and his prose writing is beautiful. The places and events he talks about were vivid and full of interest for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jean
3.0 out of 5 stars A return to a Spanish village after war
This book recounts Laurie Lee's return to the south of Spain many years after the end of the Spanish Civil War. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Richard Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A good service and a lovely book highly recommended.
Will use service again. A wonderful bargain at this incredible price
Published 10 months ago by Mr Patrick Jones
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