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Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood

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  • Publisher: Soundings Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845593162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845593162
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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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.

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A charming read full of all kinds of detail that made me sit back in surprise at how much life has changed, especially for women.
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Very readable
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I enjoyed reading it very much after first reading it when I lived in Cambridge over 50 years ago .
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Excellent, arrived before the predicted date
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This remarkable memoir holds a secure place in my heart. I first read it when I was doing research in Cambridge, but have returned to it many times since. There is no other book that I know of in English quite like it. If only more people knew of it. The depth of Gwen Ravert's memory, and the ease with which she moves among her individual memories. Everything about the world she inhabits is made delightful, especially the family of Charles Darwin. It seems to have been an idyllic age. For the middle classes at least, childhood in late Victorian England seems to have been enviable Ñ especially when we think of modern children, their loss of innocence, and the dangers they are exposed to. Raverat brings to life a lost world through wit and intelligence, with animated and sometimes preposterous characters. This is better than Dickens, Michel Faber, Jerome K Jerome, and all the rest. it has a real claim to be the most amiable, amusing, and perceptive memoir in the English language. Buy it, read it, and keep it with you for the rest of your life.
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Enchanting
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This book I had to buy for my book club selection. Gwen Raverat lived in Cambridge as a young child and it is a story of her family. I would not recommend it
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I was given this book as a gift in 1983 and cannot understand why it has taken me this long to read it. It is the most charming and lovely read covering the childhood of Gwen Raverat from her birth in 1885 to the turn of the century.

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.
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