Born and brought up in Suffolk, Ronald Blythe produced an instant classic with Akenfield Only a man who had lived all his life in Suffolk could produce such a vivid and accurate portrayal of Akenfield and its inhabitants. Ronald Blythe recounts the personal recollections of, among others, the local schoolkeeper, doctor, blacksmith, saddler, district nurse and magistrate as they discussed farming, education, welfare, class, religion and death. Originally published in 1969, 'Arkenfield' forms a unique document of a way of life that has, in many ways, disappeared. It reverberates with voices of survivors of the Great War evoking days gone by and reflects the concerns of a younger generation of farm workers in the midst of the second agricultural revolution - the land producing more but employing fewer men. It is a penetrating, unprejudiced, caring account of rural life, tapping into a variety of contemporary concerns about agriculture, the environment and the destruction of the traditional countryside.
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In this rich, rare book--which John Updike called "exquisite"--forty-nine men and women--from a blacksmith and a bellringer to the local vet and a gravedigger--speak to us directly, in honest and evocative monologues, of their works and days in the rural country of Suffolk. Composed in the late 1960's Blythe's volume paints a vivd picture of a community in which the vast changes of the twentieth century are matched by deep continuities of history, tradition, and nature.Review:
'A hundred years from now, anyone wanting to know how things were on the land will turn more profitably to Akenfield than to a sheaf of anaemically professional social surveys.' the Guardian
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Descrizione libro Penguin UK, 1972. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 140034617