Red Sky at Sunrise: Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, A Moment of War Paperback – 28 Oct 1993
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About the Author
Laurie Lee has written some of the best-loved travel books in the English language. Born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, in 1914, he was educated at Slad village school and Stroud Central School. At the age of nineteen he walked to London and then travelled on foot through Spain, where he was trapped by the outbreak of the Civil War. He later returned by crossing the Pyrenees, as he recounted in A Moment of War.
Laurie Lee published four collections of poems: The Sun My Monument (1944), The Bloom of Candles (1947), My Many-Coated Man (1955) and Pocket Poems (1960). His other works include The Voyage of Magellan (1948), The Firstborn (1964), I Can't Stay Long (1975), and Two Women (1983). He also wrote three bestselling volumes of autobiography: Cider with Rosie (1959), which has sold over six million copies worldwide, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and A Moment of War (1991).--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I haven't been through it alongside the print version in order to see if there are any errors or missing text, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are more problems. The publishers should be ashamed of themselves for charging £11.99 for such a shoddy text.
The descriptions of the Cotswolds as working rural landscapes in Cider with Rosie are fascinating, and are a marked contrast to the way in which the region is seen today. Equally interesting is the depiction of rural poverty at this time. Works such as The Road to Wigan Pier have focused attention on the urban poor at this time, but the rural poor did not live in some bucolic paradise. The section of the books with deal with the Spanish Civil war are heart breaking in both the acts they describe and because of the loss of belief we seem to have suffered - would an International Brigade be formed today?
Taken as a single volume the 3 books published here are an account of a young man coming of age in world that was about to change forever and as such are a record of a lost world. Some of the values of the world are as relevant today as they ever have been, and this collection of books deserves to be widely read.
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning gave a tremendously vivid impression of Spain before the Civil War, the grinding poverty that was beginning to ferment revolt. The first section is about his time in London living with ordinary working people. Contrast that and his time in Slad with what he finds in Spain and you realise the rural poor in Spain were centuries behind us, even though our people weren't living the life of Reilly. I went to some of the places he visited - Segovia, Toledo and Madrid - and indeed stayed in Madrid in the street parallel to the one in which he spent his last night or boozing and whoring in Madrid and which he revisited a couple of years later during the Civil War (in A Moment of War). Reading it on location added an extra dimension, but everything is so vividly described that you don't need to be there to enjoy it - he takes you there.Read more ›
But on balance, go ahead and buy this book - you won't regret it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still a good holiday read,especially if staying in Spain.A moment of war,emotional read.Published 4 months ago by Alan Atkinson
Enjoyed Cider with Rosie most.I was brought up in the country, albeit half a century later, & could relate to the way of life. The other 2 were interesting also.Published 4 months ago by Jane
Wonderful poetic a classic up there with Bridehead Revisited you will want to re read it many timesPublished 6 months ago by mrs ann williams
BOUGHT FOR MY HUSBAND. ITS AMAZING OW CHEAPLY YOU CAN BUY CLASSIC SECOND HAND BOOKS THESE DAYS. REALLY LOVELY AND OBVIOUSLY CHERISHED HARDBACK BOOKPublished 7 months ago by deidre m
I had not read Laurie Lee to my shame, so I was delightfully surprised when I read it, well written, kept my interest (which isn't always easy being on the autistic spectrum) Will... Read morePublished 8 months ago by frances eyre
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