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As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning | Laurie Lee
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"I was nineteen years old, still soft at the edges, but with a confident belief in good fortune. I carried a small rolled-up tent, a violin in a blanket, a change of clothes, a tin of treacle biscuits, and some cheese. I was excited, vain-glorious, knowing I had far to go; but not, as yet, how far." Despite this romantic and optimistic opening, what Lee finds is the most primitive and feudal country in Europe, a peninsula untouched by the modern world, a land of labor without dignity, a church devoid of compassion, and a country ripe for revolutionary change. There is humor, love, and adolescent awakening, but beneath is a foreboding sense of a savage future, a premonition that a war will come. For Lee, 1936 was the end of innocence, when "it was being learned again that men needed more than courage, anger, slogans, convictions, or even a just cause when they went to war." Thus Lee becomes entangled in the passionate, violent, and bloody struggle that was the Spanish Civil War.
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Janeeny
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Janeeny
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Now starting my May suggestion from the Penguin reading challenge

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As I Walked Out Midsummer Morning sees Lee's leave-taking of his village home in the Cotswold countryside and his entry into the bigger world. It's a transition from a rural lifestyle that had not significantly changed for hundreds of years to the modern twentieth-century urban environment. Having seen the big city, Lee wants to see more of the world, and we are therefore gifted with his wondrously brilliant sketch of Spain. 👇🏻👇🏻

Bookwomble The heat and light of the Spanish plains seems to pour off the page and you feel transported. 2y
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#maylovesclassics a love story to Spain.

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Robothugs Good pick 😊 3y
batsy Something about those older Penguin covers 💚 3y
Cinfhen Great choice ~ I'm stumped for today 🤔 3y
RachelO @Cinfhen possibly a tad predictable, but ho hum! I'm enjoying all the pretty beachy sunrise pics 🌅 3y
Cinfhen Me too! Never get tired of seeing a beautiful sunrise 💕 3y
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