Candleford Green

Candleford Green

A Trilogy

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Flora Thompson's semi-autobiographical Lark Rise to Candleford trilogy is known and loved the world over for its gentle depiction of rural life in Oxfordshire in the late 19th century, a way of life that was soon to vanish forever as mechanisation took over farming. In the final book, Laura in her early teens moves to the village of Candleford Green, to work in the post office under the tutelage of her cousin Dorcas Lane, and grow into womanhood. She loves her work and enjoys interacting with the people around her but still pines for the open spaces and freedom of Lark Rise.
Publisher: Bath, Eng. : Chivers, 2008, c1943.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781405645768
Characteristics: 241 p. ;,22 cm.


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Mar 03, 2020

This is only the 3rd part of the trilogy, Lark Rise to Candleford. My review is for the entire trilogy. I recommend reading them in order: Lark Rise, Over to Candleford, then Candleford Green.

Amazing! Well-written and a treat to read.

I read this because I enjoyed the BBC show a lot. It's very different, and yet, the characters were somewhat familiar to me.

It's not a story, really. More like glimpses into life in the farming countryside around Oxford in the 1880s and then in a small town in the 1890s. The author wrote it in the 1940s and I found it incredible that she remembered everything so clearly about the landscape and the people. And it's written with hindsight, which I really liked. She is looking back on it as before the World Wars, which puts everything into a different perspective.

This is a trilogy, and all of them are worth it. The first is about the hamlet, Lark Rise, and the country people. The second is about when she visits her relatives in the town of Candleford. And the third is when she goes to work at the post office in Candleford Green. However, as I said, it doesn't have much of a plot - it's more about the people she met.

Even though it takes place more than 100 years ago, and so much is different than even when she was writing, I enjoyed the parts that show that people haven't really changed much at all. I laughed out loud often.

Recommended if you are interested in real, down-to-earth history, or like reading a well-written piece of literature.

Dec 11, 2016

A lovely read of a time and place far removed from the present. A glimpse into a world of hardship and lack of opportunity for many who found pleasure in the simplest of things.

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