Lorna Doone: a Romance of Exmoor Unknown Binding – 1906
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There are lots of ups and downs and surprises, along with the author's gorgeous prose describing the english countryside and farmlife. You have to pay attention though, as none of the characters are wasted. What might seem as inconsequential events and characters earlier in the story are brought back in full circle to the tale, along with a great mystery about Lorna's past as the author slowly peels out the many layers of his story.
Highly highly recommended. If you enjoy Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Bronte or Dickens this will probably be right up your alley.
The scenery described in the book is so clear and picturesque that I could imagine myself there, walking along side John Ridd (the protagonist and Narrator). The story is a romanace, though it covers quite abit of history of the time. The story of Lorna and John is a beautiful poignant tale of overcoming obsticals, both people and heritage for love.
Dont be put off by the strong cornish/ Devonshire accents, like in Wuthering Heights, not all characters have them, and they are mainly used to distiguish between classes and to remind of location and to add some flavour to the book. I think certainly if You like wuthering Heights then this book would be great for you, (and youll find the happy ending a refreshing change!)
Set in the late 17th Century, R D Blackmore first published this anonymously and he was turned down by most publishers. The next year it was published more widely and instantly caught the imagination of the public, and since then has never been out of print. Blackmore didn't like this to be called an historical novel and preferred to refer to it as a romance, although you must remember that romance back then didn't exactly mean the same as today. Due to this difference in meaning on what we would call a romance novel today, and what would have been such back in the 19th Century this book is ideal for both sexes, with action and derring-do, as well as more romantic elements.
If you love reading good books with a storyline that draws you in and holds you, then you can't really go wrong with this. The only caution I would give to people who have never read this before is that the author did use dialect in some of the dialogues in this.
I will not be the first to suggest that it should be entitled "John Ridd" Indeed I find the central romance of his love of Lorna Doone a little syrupy sweet for my liking although it does act as a central spine for the rest of the epic tale. Our hero, John Ridd is clearly not the simple "clod hopper" they he purports to be. He has an education, he can read and write in a time when that was a rarity and he has wisdom as broad and strong as his shoulders. I like him very much for his simple honesty, modesty but also for towering physical strength.
R.D. Blackmore prose is not as rich say as Dickens but he has ability to weave a tale that is intricate and complex as any classic novel. There are times when the language is difficult there are word used of which I still have not found the meaning despite web searches. There are passages written in West Country dialect that I could only understand by voicing them as my Auntie Norah (a true Devonian) would have spoken them. On occssion R.D.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoying the book. Some people, who are not from the Westcountry may find the colloquial language a little difficult to interpret.Published 12 days ago by Claire Thomas
I loved Lorna Doone and didn't want to finish it. I found myself wanting to live it as though the characters were close friends.Published 1 month ago by chris csf
Excellent book - read before many times just a friend wanted one and I purchased this for themPublished 3 months ago by flaevious
Lorna Doone, is for me, a step back in time to my home county, a place I love and a place I often feature within my own novels. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Francine Howarth
Never read this as a youngster, only just getting round to it in my 60's. It was a really good book I thoroughly enjoyed it. Woud recommend this to all readers of good fiction. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Annabelle
This is a well written piece of fictional historical romance set in Devon and Somerset in the time of Charles I and James II. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bethany
Half way through it (it's a big book) and loving it. By modern standards it's a tough read, with lots of description of nature and a slowly building plot, but it's worth... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dr. M. Lambert
Beautiful condition, I couldn't have asked for anything better!!! Bought for new granddaughter, overjoyed at condition!!!Published 8 months ago by moomin troll