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As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (Penguin Modern Classics) Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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A beautiful piece of writing (Observer)

The vivid sensitive, irresistibly readable story of what happened after he left home (Daily Mail)

A poet's book (Sunday Times)

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

There's a formidable, instant charm in the writing that genuinely makes it difficult to put the book down (New Statesman)

About the Author

Laurie Lee has written some of the best-loved travel books in the English language. Born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, in 1914, he 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 he recounted in 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), The Firstborn (1964), I Can't Stay Long (1975), 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). He died in May 1997.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 908 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KSQBA9Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having enjoyed "Cider With Rosie" years ago, and living not a million miles away from Laurie Lee's home village of Slad, I am perplexed as to why it's taken me so long to get round to reading this, especially as I'm also interested in the Spanish Civil War from authors' viewpoints (George Orwell, Ernest Hemingway, David Ebsworth). What triggered me to read it now is that I wanted to read P D Murphy's new travelogue, published for Lee's centenary, "As I Walked Out In Search of Laurie Lee", and felt I ought to first read the book that inspired him, to get it in context (although that's not strictly necessary).

I would gladly lap up Lee's poetic prose applied to just about anything, but this book is hugely engaging because, like "Cider", it captures a long-lost era, not as much celebrated as the Edwardian prelude to the First World War, but equally significant. He writes of an age in which it was considered perfectly reasonable for a teenager to set off "tramping" from home, with a minimum of luggage, to walk 100 miles to London, sleeping in fields and barns along the way, to find gainful employment - which turns out to be manual labour. On a whim, he extends the journey to a foreign country with no forward planning, no means of contacting home besides old-fashioned post, and no safety net. His account makes 21st century gap year traveller, with their mobile phones and credit cards, seem a bit wimpy!

Lee records how he slowly fell in love with Spain, despite its grinding povery and social inequalities, and how he becomes attuned to the embryonic Republican movement, returning later once the Civil War was in full swing.
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The sheer unaffected brilliance of Laurie Lee’s prose is what sets this autobiographical novel apart from its contemporaries. Lee’s tale of leaving his sleepy family home in Gloucestershire at the age of nineteen, in search of something he couldn’t name, oozes with restrained passion, understated lyrical power, and engaging narrative. From the opening paragraph, where the young man sees his ageing mother for perhaps the last time, to the final chapter which sees him return idealistically to Spain on the eve of civil war, I was completely entranced.
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i have a first edition of this wonderful book. It had a major influence on me as an eighteen year old, and was the main reason for me leaving home to do my own travelling. It has stayed with me all these years, i'm now in my late 60s. The lyricism on every page is pure magic and written from the heart. I walked the Slad valley recently and everywhere took me back to the day he left his country home, and, to quote the man closed that chapter of his life for ever
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Having been brought up in Gloucester I am familiar with the countryside and villages that feature in Lee's works, although not with the Spanish mainland. However so vivid are his descriptions that it feels as though one is watching a film rather than reading a book. Some of the scenes he describes are frankly horrific and yet, like a scientist, he observes, remarks, and leaves without, in most cases, changing anything.
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In a way it would hardly matter what the subject matter was - the lyrical prose of Laurie Lee is enough to light up the page. That he only ever wrote three books, all of them autobiographical, is such a shame and all the more reason to cherish them. The 19-year old Laurie leaves his home in Stroud and starts walking. He walks to the sea (which he has never seen) to London and subsequently the entire length of Spain. Living on his wits and his ability to play a tune on his violin he finds 1937 Spain a country on the verge of civil uprising.
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Such an unexpected delight. Can image all of his travels. ( even the nooky bits). Felt as though it was me traveling thorough the English countryside. Then , parts of Spain. I want to find the places. My next quest!! Will recommend it to all of my Middle aged male friends. As I feel I have entered into a 'portal ' of time.
And the book was in very good condition.
Thank you. Marianna
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Lyrical, hugely evocative of period and place and beautifully written by a natural storyteller and poet. Possibly my favourite book - and I have been an avid reader for more than 60 years. I already own a signed first edition, a signed Penguin edition, another hardback edition and another paperback edition but felt it would make the perfect first book to download to my new Kindle PaperWhite.
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Lee tells of a world of mostly innocent and good people which sadly no longer exists.He writes simply but elegantly of his wanderings and I found myself in a world which would nowadays get you arrested and leave you starving in a ditch. I don't say it couldn't be done today but officialdom would hinder your every step. All in all an amazing and fine story.
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