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

Laurie Lee
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Andalusia is a passion - and fifteen years after his last visit Laurie Lee returned. He found a country broken by the Civil War, but the totems of indestructible Spain survive: the Christ in agony, the thrilling flamenco cry-the pride in poverty, the gypsy intensity in vivid whitewashed slums, the cult of the bullfight, the exultation in death, the humour of hopelessness-the paradoxes deep in the fiery bones of Spain. Rich with kaleidoscopic images, A Rose for Winter is as sensual and evocative as the sun-scorched landscape of Andalusia itself.

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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: 816 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00413PJ0I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,443 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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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vividly evocative 10 Oct. 2009
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fireworks all the way 11 Mar. 2014
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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13 of 14 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary gem. 26 July 2015
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Quite simply a master class in English travel writing and a successor to 'As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning'. 'A Rose For Winter' is an account of a second visit to Spain fifteen years after the start of the Spanish Civil War. No need here, as is the case with so many modern travel writers, to begin by proclaiming oneself as a 'writer' with the use of devices that are nothing more than a substitute for genuinely creative writing. The quality of Lee`s work is so evocative that a short book such as this takes substantially longer to read because certain passages are so beguiling that one feels the need to revisit them repeatedly before the book is finished.

Many more examples have been subsequently been added to the genre of travel writing since the publication of 'A Rose for Winter' but few can hold a candle to it. If you have a love for Spain in particular and enjoy the experience of being enveloped by both poetic and
profoundly observant travel writing, then this book cannot be recommended too highly.
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4 of 4 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem 4 Mar. 2013
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Everyone has heard of 'Cider with Rosie' but the remainder of the autobiographical set is often overlooked. This sequel to the main trilogy presents a much calmer view from an older man of his youthful exploits in Spain - a country which he clearly loves dearly and wants to show to his wife.

It won't make much sense without having read the earlier books.
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