Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Guardian on Lark Rise to Candleford

or "Why Lark Rise to Candleford Will Always Be Great"

Over at The Guardian, Richard Mabey writes extensively on "The Enduring Appeal of Lark Rise to Candleford." He writes of author Flora Thompson, "Her sense of dislocation, of drifting away from her roots to become an onlooker, helped give her the perspective to create what is perhaps the most intimate and persuasive account of the old rural order just before its transformation by modernism. . ." and that "Lark Rise to Candleford is remarkable for its celebratory realism. It neither romanticises [sic] poverty nor underplays it. Thompson gazes back at the goings-on in her home country with the same loving attention that White paid to his house crickets and swallows, noticing everything but judging nothing. No detail is insignificant."

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