Laurie Lee: Cider with Rosie



There was a reassuring prevalence of Penguin books resplendent in orange cummerbunds as I rummaged through a suished cardboard box in my atticThen delightfully I spied a book that triggered a wave of nostalgiaCider With Bloody Rosie I asped um mine wasn t a version with bloody in the title just so you knowWell I never Cider With Bloody Rosie You see I repeated the word bloody yet again such was my cock a hoopedness Gosh I had previously read this a azillion years ago at a time when even Tarzan didn t seem at all far fetchedA uick shufty through its sepia hued pages reminded me what a terrific writer Lee was with indelible characters such as Cabbage Stump Charlie and Harelip HarryFor me his sumptuous imagery and poetic prose and the fact that this was an autobiographical memoir which reads like fiction drew a comparison with Gerald Durrell s My Family and Other Animals though herein lies a Steinbeck esue darkness The story harks back to the rural hardship of an English village shortly after the Great War long before such villages were served by astropubs delicatessens or even motor carsWere it written today I venture it might be titled Drinking Cider With Rosie Behind Tesco ExpressRediscovering Laurie Lee s beautiful wordplay made me initially think that his prose was wasted on a boy who could clearly imagine a clean shaven Tarzan swinging from vines through the jungle But perhaps my evidential nostalgia confirmed otherwise When you are transported directly into the childhood of the writer you know this is a ood biography When you smell the very air when you feel that what the characters are smiling about is a scene of intense everyday hilarity and when you want to visit THERE for just a second just for the sake of both reader and writer just for the sake of experience well then you know you are dealing with a superlative type of novel which weaves truth with literature at an almost mythical levelBritain after WWI This is not merely a biography or description of a special time and place the Cotswolds the years after the First World War it is prose poetry It is the lyrical fashion in which it is written that is its outstanding element The story unfolds not chronologically but rather by theme There is a chapter on summer and winter A chapter on festivals A chapter on school A chapter on sexual awakening 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 His father departed at the age of three His mother waited for years and years and years for his father s return She waited and waited raising the kids from both his marriages until his father s death made clear he was never to return Laurie Lee s mother and his half sisters shaped what was to be his home The essence of home is not just described but felt His mother s essence is not just de 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 All the ingredients were there classic set in The Cotswolds area of England in the early twentieth century the musings of an adult about his childhood days when life was slow and oh so mellow kind of thing But my imagination just didn t take flight to that place I wanted to o Parts of it were Blades Lady good I especially liked the chapter on therannies only if the whole of it could have been like that Still a ood read 4 stars If anything I would buy this book for the sole purpose of flipping it randomly to any page to be confronted by Laurie Lee s unforgettable mastery of descriptive detail He belongs to a talented class of writers which includes John Muir who have the ability to capture nature in writing and speak to the reader in an inclusive and intimate manner Everything in this autobiography is written with such a full fresh and loving fondness making it impossible not to like the obscure village of Slad England and its lively villagers Reading the verdant descriptions in this book is like biting into the largest juiciest piece of fruit you ve ever eaten Even the moldy dripping cottage walls constant struggle for food nine living and three dead siblings numbing cold of winter and common English brawling and beatings don t seem that bad because they re described so beautifully It must. At all times wonderfully evocative and poignant Cider With Rosie is a charming memoir of Laurie Lee's childhood in a remote Cotswold village a world that is tangibly real and yet reminiscent of a now distant pastIn this idyllic pastoral setting unencumbered by the

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A photocopy 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 oing on that it s a complete waste of paper a 35 stars Rounded UpCider With Rosie is a memoir of Laurie Lee s life in the Cotswolds immediately following World War I and reminded me of A J Cronin s The Green Years being told by a young boy of a poor family I thought this book was uite lovely in places and a bit bogged down in others It had marvelous potential that it dropped just short of reachingThere is a story about two rannies who live next door to the Lee family rivals and rudging enemies their story made me think of two elderly women I knew when I was a child myselfSpeaking of Granny Trill he says although she had a clock she kept it simply for the tick its hands having dropped off years ago This seemed to sum up a lot of the aura around this book a kind of unmeasured timelessness Another story of an elderly couple who were removed uite against their wishes to the workhouse dredged up shades of Dickens and the cruelty of age in a society where few could care for their own needs and even fewer could take on the burden of caring for another These stories were marvelously written and poignant and ave me a true sense of the life in this small village before the advent of machinery and automobiles opened it to the reater worldOn the other hand there are long passages about church festivals and Communicating Effectively group outings that while interesting seem to plod on past their necessity It is this disjointed meandering that keeps this book from earning a higher rating from meI must say that this is a rather short uick read and has enough to make it a worthwhile read I would never discourage anyone from reading it and would wholly recommend it as a nice way toet a true feeling for life in a small English village in the early parts of the twentieth century Ok his prose is The Philosophical Journey great We all agree on that He almostives the reader synesthesia from his descriptions It s excellent HOWEVER I was sickened by some of the things I ve read both in the book and surrounding it I have searched through many other reviews and all I ve really found is this book is so Asset Protection great because or Laurie Lee is the best author because he captures England at it s finest blah blah blah He kind of does but then again it s nauseatingly rose tinted and you can basically HEAR him saying I can t believe how appalling the youth of today is etc I remember back in my day we would never etc etc snooze boring etcNot only is Mr Lee somewhat racist he is also sexist And no I don t care if that s what they did at the time that doesn t make it ok It also doesn t mean it s the perfect wonderful England to look back on where everyone wants to live because I wouldn t want to live in a country where it s ok to call a woman of I imagine African origin both a Negress and to describe her thus Mrs Moore was a jolly eye bulging voodoo like creature who took charge of us with primitive casualnessHe subseuent treatment of women is pretty awful too from describing when he had too and sleep in his own bed away from his mother as my first lesson in the Enzymes Enzyme Therapy gentle merciless rejection of women Because of course we are all the same we all reject men and we re all cold and evil and have no feelings Not only that he also sleeps around freuently from the age of ELEVEN and writes extremely casually no less about a rape that he and his friends planned one time Not that it actually occurs But that s not the point The intention was there to rape a Christianirl probably because she is extremely innocent and his descriptions of said Blindsided girl aren t especially flatteringAll of this coupled with the aged look of back in the day things were wonderful our family had pride in itself and we made a name for ourselves in the village everyone knew the name we bore blah blah blah all of that makes for a pretty sour ending to what I thought wasoing to be a uaint look at country life in the early 20th century Maybe it is Maybe Mr Lee is adding in these unsavory parts to show how everything wasn t perfect But I doubt it I would like to know why he is hailed as such a hero when I believe Thomas Hardy ives a much better impression of rural life and with spectacles that have not been near a rose bush in a thousand year. Nts is endearingly juxtaposed with that of the innocent spotty youth permanently prone to tears and self absorptionRosie's identity from the novel Cider with Rosie was kept secret for 25 years She was Rose Buckland Lee's cousin by marriage From the Paperback edition.

Have been just awful at times but one might never know how wonderful too if not for his telling of it However reader be warned don t fall in love like I did with the bucolic English countryside of Lee s childhood because it does not exist any As he describes at the end of the book that prelapsarian picture of village life that had existed for thousands of years ended shortly after the first automobile came clanking down their narrow dirt roads It is fortunate that Laurie Lee happened to be there to experience it and possessed the ability to document it with the vision of a poet before it disappeared I asked my boyfriend if he had ever been physically aroused by a work of fiction while reading on a bus or trainOh many a time he saidReally Did you et an erectionYes of course Isn t that what you meant It doesn t happen so much now he saidBecause you are cynical and you ve seen it all beforePartly that he concurred But also because my blood is sluggish and I have lost the vigour of youthWhen was the last time you On the Run got an erection while reading in a public place I asked eagerlyWhen reading your last email to me he said without hesitation He s a pretty uick witteduy actually That s why he s my boyfriend What about the first time I asked How old were youOh I didn t need books when I was in the first flush of puberty he said I used to The Price Of Blood (Phil Broker, get an erection on the bus just looking at all the pretty schoolgirlsoing up and down the stairsYou re a pervert I saidBut 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 RosieBy Laurie LeeIndeed That old English classic It s a rural idyll And you can t have a rural idyll without a romp in the hay so why they Russian Winter give it to pubescent boys as a set text at school I ll never know It s like putting a stick of dynamite down their pantsDynamiteWell you know what I mean I looked like I had a stick of dynamite down my pants when Iot off that bus anyway And then we had to write our own memoir in a similar vein The teacher even ave us the title The First Bite Of The Cherry And you call me a pervertThat s a public school English education for you I saidExactly he said It s astonishing I turned out normalIf you were normal you wouldn t be able to satisfy me I saidBut that s another story altogether Ahthe ood old days as a little nipper rolling around in hay tickling Pregnant Man girls andetting kicked in the shins licking jam off a spoon and declaring war on a swarm of wasps trying to catch tiny fish in the local stream with a hair net and etting tipsy on my father s homebrewed ale before etting a right ood rollicking Reading Cider with Rosie bought back so many memories of my own childhood I almost forgot about Laurie Lee s Filled with elaborate metaphors that conjure up wonderful images of life in the English Gloucestershire countryside post WW1 Lee uses a poetical descriptive prose in describing his early life just as huge change and upheaval took place in society He offers us his intimate sharing of the people events and places that helped shape his daysEvoking nostalgia plays heavy throughout that was easy for me to relate to as his home village wasn t a million miles away from where I rew up and I felt a connection with the areas he describes There were some nods to the writing of Welshman Dylan Thomas and although the memoir was pleasant with some poignant moments I just found Lee s basis a little too sweet and sickly for my liking like being covered in honey and having a big soppy Labrador lick it offFor some reason I read this after As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning which is the follow up to this For me that was a far superior read looking at time he spent crossing Spain one year with little in the way of possessionsCider With Rosie considering he wrote this in his fifties clearly shows he had a The House Girl good mind as at times you feel it s Laurie the child doing the writing the youth and enlightenment to life s sharp realities brings a mixture of emotions and truly showcases a byone era that captured the heart and soul of The Accursed growing up in this specific period in time A decent read but he has written better that was let down by the most pointless introduction featuring too many uotes from the yet read book and the print wasn treat either Looked like a photocopy of. Allous father who so uickly abandoned his family responsibilities Laurie's adoring mother becomes the centre of his world as she struggles to raise a rowing family against the backdrop of the Great WarThe sophisticated adult author's retrospective commentary on eve.

Laurence Edward Alan Laurie Lee MBE was an English poet novelist and screenwriter His most famous work was an autobiographical trilogy which consisted of Cider with Rosie 1959 As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning 1969 and A Moment of War 1991 While the first volume famously recounts his childhood in the idyllic Slad Valley the second deals with his leaving home for London and his