Akenfield Portrait of an English Village (FREE)


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  • Akenfield Portrait of an English Village
  • Ronald Blythe
  • English
  • 05 March 2019
  • 9781585790098

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Akenfield Portrait of an English Village Read & Download â 4 characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ronald Blythe Ronald Blythe ´ 4 review Me 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 natur. A snapshot c 1968 of life in an anonymised rural community south of Ipswich Suffolk UK The village is given the fictional name of Akenfield It is largely told through the words of many villagers and people who work there but may live elsewhere interviewed by Blythe His introductions to them and his interpretations of their words and memories are always perceptiveThe people being interviewed cover 2 or 3 generations varying from age 17 to almost 90 so we see the place and hear the shared experiences from many perspectives Some can describe a time when Victoria was still on the throne others born after World War II have a very different story to tellSome of the stories are memorable than others Taken altogether it is a vast pool of information for anyone interested in rural life in England 1880ish 1970 It is also extremely interesting and at times very entertaining and moving

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Akenfield Portrait of an English Village Read & Download â 4 characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ronald Blythe Ronald Blythe ´ 4 review In this rich rare book— which John Updike called exuisite— forty nine men and women— a blacksmith and a bellringer to the local vet and a gravedigger—. I received an ARC from the publisherThis book is a history of the British village of Akenfield in Suffolk England as told through the stories and narratives of its own citizens Blythe interviewed 49 different people from all types of social backgrounds and occupations and recorded their words for this social history In 1967 the year in which the villagers are interviewed the way of life in this small village is changing from one of manual labor to mechanization Each person from Akenfield that is interviewed by the author highlights different aspects of his or her life in a forthright honest and stream of consciousness narrative Blythe groups the book into twenty different sections of the people some of which include God The Craftsmen The School and The Law One group in the book that made a particular impression on me were the craftsmen such as the wheelwright the blacksmith and the thatcher It would seem that with the invention of cars that there would no longer be a need for such talents because of the shrinking reliance on horses and wagons for transportation It was inspiring that these hardworking men decide to change with the times and find other uses for their crafts The blacksmith Francis Lambert age twenty five is a very talented craftsman and now that there are no longer horses to shoe in order to sustain his business he has diversified by making weather vanes gates and fire screens Francis is so talented that he is even sent to Germany to represent England at an international craft festival Francis loves his job which is evident by the fact that he usually puts in sixty hours of work per week and he takes a great deal of pride in his masterpiecesAs one would expect hopes of escaping the village are expressed from some of the residents but for the most part they seem content to stay in their small part of England Several of them mention that their families have resided within the boundaries of Akenfield for generations But there are also a fair number of voices we hear from people who even though that have lived in Akenfield for many years will always be considered outsiders because they were born elsewhere Hugh Hambling age thirty who is a schoolmaster tells us that he was born on Norfolk He and his wife move to Akenfield when he was twenty because he found a charming cottage that the newly married couple could afford Hugh feels that the villagers are very private people and although he tries to engage them in discussions he only ever is able to talk to them about cursory things like football or the weatherIn the section on the school Blythe includes the administrative records from the teachers and headmasters which date back to 1875 One problem in particular that teachers have to deal with is poor attendance by the children of farm owners There are certain times of the year when even the young ones are needed to be out in the fields helping with the crop and later when a truancy law is passed these guidelines for school attendance are still not enforced Outbreaks of health issues such as ringworm diphtheria and scarlet fever are also recorded and must have certainly worsened the poor attendance issuesMany of the details that the residents of Akenfield provide are like no other that one would find in any ordinary history book The orchard worker for instance gives us a detailed accounts of different apples that are best grown in the English climate and what the prime picking time is for each breed The thatcher provides a lengthy description of the best way to thatch a roof and which are the best materials to use I found the section on the bell ringers particularly fascinating these young men are in a way considered talented musicians and go around to village and neighborhood churches in order to practice their craft of bell ringing I had no idea before reading this history that there is such a fine art form to the ringing of church bellsThis is a charming interesting candid glimpse into the pulse and essence of an English village in the middle of the 20th century If you have any interest in British history oral history or social history then this latest edition to the New York Review of Books classic titles is a must read

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Akenfield Portrait of an English Village Read & Download â 4 characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ronald Blythe Ronald Blythe ´ 4 review 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 volu. The folk of Akenfield circa 1910 had a basic understanding of the necessities reuired for a community to survive They could have understood and talked to people from a hundred years earlier and a hundred years before that and a hundred years before that and so on In the course of the past century that understanding has been decimated You may watch the process unfold in Akefield most fascinating of all is to watch the old timers talk about the lack of money when they were children and then the sudden abundance Where did it come from What makes money Who was suddenly doing the actual wealth creating work when the people of England became professionalized after the Second World WarI highly recommend pairing this with The Village Laborer by JL Hammond and the works of RH Tawney Beyond that the book is beautiful simply for the glimpses it gives into the lives of our neighbors removed though they be in time and space One of my favorite passages is the old man complaining he has had no pleasure in his life and then suddenly remembers all the singing from his childhood So I lied I have had pleasure I have had singing Absolutely wonderful book


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  1. says: Ronald Blythe ´ 4 review characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ronald Blythe Akenfield Portrait of an English Village (FREE)

    characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ronald Blythe Ronald Blythe ´ 4 review review Akenfield Portrait of an English Village Before Village was appropriated into an idyll it was a real place with real people and real jobs This book is about such a place It is a kind of oral history of a mid 20th Century English village mostly in the words of people not inclined to talk And it is splendidLEONARD THOMPSON 71 Farm worker Our cottage was nearly e

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    Akenfield Portrait of an English Village (FREE) characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ronald Blythe Ronald Blythe ´ 4 review Having a puta of a day? Mayhap the carburettor finally conked On the M25 where else? Perhaps as one is artfully manoeuvring between two lanes and so blocks both the other two of course being cordoned off for road works whos

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    review Akenfield Portrait of an English Village Akenfield Portrait of an English Village (FREE) Ronald Blythe ´ 4 review I received an ARC from the publisherThis book is a history of the British village of Akenfield in Suffolk England as told through the stories and narratives of its own citizens Blythe interviewed 49 different people from all types of social backgrounds and occupations and recorded their words for this social history In 1967 the year in which

  4. says: Akenfield Portrait of an English Village (FREE)

    characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ronald Blythe Ronald Blythe ´ 4 review Akenfield Portrait of an English Village (FREE) The folk of Akenfield circa 1910 had a basic understanding of the necessities reuired for a community to survive They could have understood a

  5. says: Ronald Blythe ´ 4 review characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ronald Blythe review Akenfield Portrait of an English Village

    Akenfield Portrait of an English Village (FREE) Ronald Blythe ´ 4 review characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ronald Blythe Poetic strange charming eccentric sad admirable eavesdropping on the internal and eternal voices of souls long gone from a way of life that's as remote to us now as prairie homesteaders perhaps Not sure how Blythe got his taciturn villagers to talk so freely probably because it's about their work rarely their personal lives And co

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    Ronald Blythe ´ 4 review Akenfield Portrait of an English Village (FREE) Their voices jump from the past into the presentAnthropology grabbed me early and it has never let go Why do people behave so differently from one another ? Why are they so similar too ? What would I have been if I had been born in Afghanistan instead of in Boston ? What would my life have looked like if I were an Australian Aborigine ? Why

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    Akenfield Portrait of an English Village (FREE) My copy is from PantheonRandom House not PenguinThis is my favorite sort of history book 90% source material and 10% commentaryIn the author's words This book is the uest for the voice of Akenfield Suffolk England as it sounded during the summer and autumn of 1967 It consists of dozens of statements by village residents of all types These are not interviews; they are uninterrupted speeches and cover the person's life current events villa

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    characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ronald Blythe Ronald Blythe ´ 4 review review Akenfield Portrait of an English Village Interesting to re read this book decades after I first bought a secondhand copy My how things have changed in the UK Or rather they've gone full circle Published in 1968 when factory farming was the up and coming thing and battery hens were the norm chemicals were fine to spread on the plants that fed us and industry was on the up as well Look again in 2020 and it's all farm shops and local produce and organic farming ie back t

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    review Akenfield Portrait of an English Village characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ronald Blythe Ronald Blythe ´ 4 review A snapshot c 1968 of life in an anonymised rural community south of Ipswich Suffolk UK The village is given the fictional name of Akenfield It

  10. says: Akenfield Portrait of an English Village (FREE)

    Akenfield Portrait of an English Village (FREE) I LOVE this bookIt has had me completly engrossed I took my time because I didn't want to stop reading the tales of the folk of the 60

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