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Beautifully Crafted Stories of a Lost Era,
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This review is from: My Uncle Silas (Paperback)
Came to this through the oft-repeated radio stories adapted and read by the late David Neal, a Northamptonshire native who had an effortlessl empathy with the earthy rural setting that H. E. Bates recalled from his own childhood.
As with much of the now sadly neglected Bates, the style is sparse and understated, the pathos often deftly employed in a few words at the end of the story (as in "The Wedding" and "The Return"). Uncle Silas, though Bates repeatedly states his roguishness, is an immensely warm character, and the stories repay repeat readings - surely the sign of the timeless truths that lie within.