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Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood
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Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood by Gwen Raverat vividly evokes a bygone era, recorded with an artist's careful eye; this book is a classic memoir from the grand-daughter of Charles Darwin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I have never read a more enjoyable book of childhood memoirs. (Raymond Mortimer in the Sunday Times)
Commandingly evokes a vanished past with its morals and its manners Intensely individual and yet strangely impersonal. (The Times)
I want to say with what pleasure and admiration I have read your book and also what enormous pleasure it would have given Virginia. (Leonard Woolf)
Period Piece is an altogether delightful book, a kind of insouciant wit, too appreciative to be called cynical, too unillusioned to be called pious. Mrs Raverat is not a Darwin for nothing. Her book comes out of a highly civilized background the English professional and intellectual middle-classes, which, if not the backbone of England, may be held to be, on the whole, its mainstream of culture, and of sophisticated intelligence and wit. (Rose Macaulay in The Times Literary Supplement) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Gwen is the grand-daughter of Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgwood. Her writing is a great piece of social history of those times. Each chapter covers a topic such as 'Ladies', 'Propriety', 'Clothes', 'Sport', Society'.
There is also a chapter on 'Down' - the home of Charles Darwin in Downe, Kent where the author spent her summers with many other family members. I live in Cambridge and recently visited Down House (now owned by English Heritage) so I particularly enjoyed reading about places I know.
Some chapters are about specific people - I loved the one on 'Aunt Etty' who sounded great fun! The family tree in the front was a great help as the Darwin family is quite large as Charles and Emma has 7 children.
Having read this delightful book I now plan to read Frances Spalding's biography of Gwen which covers her later life as part of the Bloomsbury Group and her work as a work carver and married life in France.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very entertaining book, with the Darwin family background. The author was a good artist, and had a surprisingly objective and modern view of life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lily Trelispen
I've read this book at least twice and found it interesting and enjoyable. To some extent it reminded me of the (less good) book, "Prep School", which I've reviewed, but... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cheshire Tiger
I loved this book. It brings Gwen's childhood to life and the original woodcut illustrations are beautiful and very evocative of the period.Published 11 months ago by Bookworm
bit boring in places,did not get me hooked,but if I lived in Cambridge maybe it would.Published 18 months ago by jeannie
You love her for her art which helps you look. You'll love her for her writing which will help you feel.Published 19 months ago by monkeys