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Excellent oral history,
This review is from: Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay (Paperback)
I think it probably helps that I grew up in the same region as the subjects of this book, but I believe it has a general appeal. Like all oral historians, Evans seeks to learn what the reality of life was like 60-70 (or more) years ago by speaking to the old people about their memories. The coastal areas of Suffolk are geographically fairly remote, and more to the point have always been off the beaten track. Consequently, the lifestyle and conditions at the time the book was written probably reflected what life was like elsewhere in the country a good while earlier. A highly recommended book.
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Initial post: 22 May 2010 11:24:57 BDT
Green Knight says:
A great review - but please remember that it refers to an earlier edition than the one mentioned here.
It's worth noting that the current edition of ASK THE FELLOWS WHO CUT THE HAY has just been published (2010); it's a hardback, a completely new edition, and is illustrated by the author's son-in-law, David Gentleman - an artist who needs little introduction.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2011 17:47:41 BDT
"Ask the fellows who cut the hay" is set in East Anglia. In the 1960s, Ronald Blythe produced an oral history book, Akenfield, which is a series of interviews with inhabitants of another Suffolk village. As well as providing a fascinating link between "Ask the fellows" and the present day, it is a vivid, intense human document. If you haven't already read it, I strongly reccomend it.
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