As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

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'The stooping figure of my mother, waist-deep in the grass and caught there like a piece of sheep's wool, was the last I saw of my country home as I left it to discover the world.' Abandoning the Cotswolds village that raised him, the young Laurie Lee walks to London. There he makes a living labouring and playing the violin. But, deciding to travel further a field and knowing only the Spanish phrase for 'Will you please give me a glass of water?', he heads for Spain. With just a blanket to sleep under and his violin, he spends a year crossing Spain, from Vigo in the north to the southern coast. Only the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War will put an end to his adventures. As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning is the beautiful and moving follow-up to Cider with Rosie . 'Hi writes like an angel.' Sunday Times With an Introduction by Robert Macfarlane
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780241953280
Branch Call Number: 914.6 LEE 2014
Characteristics: 193 pages


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Sep 23, 2014

A long time ago I read "Cider with Rosie" & thoroughly enjoyed not just the story but the writing as well. This book intrigued me as it is about Laurie's year long wanderings in Spain in the early thirties before the Spanish War. A beautifully written tale of freedom, people, very keen observations and a way of life which was changed forever with the looming second world war- though there was the Civil war to get through first. After being evacuated back to England Laurie realised he had made a mistake and proceeded to sneak back into Spain via France. His part in the war is another story I believe. Well worth reading just for the prose alone. Fascinating absorbing tales.

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