Book Review: Cider with Rosie

Cider with RosieCider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

The blurb: 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. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a now-distant past.

Summer was also the time of these: of sudden plenty, of slow hours and actions, of diamond haze and dust on the eyes; of jazzing wasps and dragonflies, haystooks and thistle-seeds, snows of white butterflies, skylark’s eggs, bee-orchids, and frantic ants… All this, and the feeling that it would never end, that such days had come forever… All sights twice-brilliant and smells twice-sharp, all game-days twice as long… we used up the light to its last violet drop, and even then we couldn’t go to bed.

My review: This one took me a little bit of time to get into, I think it was the different writing style. Even though there are a diverse range of books published today there is something so very different about the style of books written for a previous generation.

It is easy to see why Cider with Rosie is a classic, it harks back to a golden time of community and nature depicting your days and seasons. It evoked strong feelings in me of my own childhood – only heading as far back as the eighties – but the Summers then deserved a capital letter and were slow, filled with heat and outdoor activities.

It is a beautifully written book, perfect to transport your imagination to a simpler time yet filled with the same emotions and complex relationships that litter all our lives as children, then teenagers. Wonderful.

7 out of 10 stars! *******

Cider With Rosie (Vintage Classics)

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