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Cider With Rosie

Cider With Rosie

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I got through the first 100 pages quickly, with the voice reminding me slightly of Gerald Durrell’s in his autobiographical trilogy, but then set the book aside for over a year before picking it back up for this summer’s food- and drink-themed reading. From the outset I was treated to compelling and deeply descriptive writing, which caused me to travel to that Cotswold village, where Lee was raised.

Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. The streets are steep and narrow, too Firedangerous for vehicles to traverse, and we are forced to venture out on foot for sustenance and supplies. They finally get to gorge themselves on the food laid out on the trestle-tables in the schoolhouse and Laurie plays his fiddle accompanied by Eileen on the piano to raucous applause. Laurie’s father abandoned his wife and children when the war was over, and Laurie grew up in a family dominated by women, chief of whom was his mother, a dreamer of dreams who ‘loved the world and made no plans, had a quick holy eye for natural wonders and couldn’t keep a neat house for her life’.Before I started reading this book, I was warned that it is extremely boring, or as my colleague put it '200 pages of absolutely nothing going on, that it's a complete waste of paper and time as well. But the first book that made me miss my stop because I was unable to leave my seat due to the large bulge in my trousers was Cider With Rosie.

when he drank summer’s cider with the blooming Rosie, he felt rooted in an English Arcadia, at one with the ancients. And yet there is something about the geography of the region that means that Slad will always feel a little as it does in Cider with Rosie. We see a life set around the family kitchen, early school years,family and friends but in particular the various seasons.Here his world is large, scary, cosy and baffling, a world dominated by females and the language reflects this. I started reading Cider with Rosie in April 2019 when we stopped in Stroud for a night on the way back from a holiday in Devon. Laurie Lee draws contrasts vividly - then and now, summer and winter, quiet and bustle, presence and absence. Luckily, they lost their nerve and nothing happened, but Lee’s blasé recounting felt out of keeping and somehow more dated than the rest of his material. Myself, my family, my generation, were born in a world of silence; a world of hard work and necessary patience, of backs bent to the ground, hands massaging the crops, of waiting on weather and growth; of villages like ships in the empty landscapes and the long walking distances between them; … [The horse’s] eight miles an hour was the limit of our movements, as it had been since the days of the Romans.

We began to shrug off the valley and look more to the world, where pleasures were more anonymous and tasty. The classic evocative tale of an idyllic childhood in the English countryside Cider with Rosie is a wonderfully vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Cider with Rosie is a wonderfully vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. There is also the Parochial Church Tea and Annual Entertainment, to which Laurie and his brother Jack gain free admittance for helping with the arrangements. It was a lively telling of Lee's early life in the Slad Valley in Gloucestershire, starting in 1917.And you can't have a rural idyll without a romp in the hay so why they give it to pubescent boys as a set text at school I'll never know. A chapter entitled "The Kitchen" which is the center of a home, and here we hear of his family, his mother and father and half-sisters, half-brothers and brothers. Even in summer, the valleys provide a uniquely rugged contrast to the otherwise quaint villages of the Cotswolds – it’s near impossible to go for a stroll here without finding yourself a little out of breath. I enjoyed this little book, so to say I was somewhat disappointed sounds disingenuous, but I honestly thought this would be a 5 star read. To be honest, that section blew me away, and parts of how he described his Mother reminded me of my own personal qualities.

There was a second BBC Television production for BBC One, directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, with Samantha Morton as Annie Lee, Timothy Spall as the voice of Laurie Lee, and Annette Crosbie in the cast, which aired on 27 September 2015.

Fans of Lee’s books often visit on a pilgrimage of sorts, to see for themselves the village they already know so well, thanks to Cider with Rosie (1959).



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