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Akenfield Portrait of an English Village

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Y because it s about their work rarely their personal lives And Collectively They Never Will they never will about the present it s always the past that was so difficult Farriers armers country the present it s always the past that was so difficult Farriers After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry farmers country bell ringers gravediggers deacons schoolteacher nurse villageool orchard manager everyone gets a chance Read one or two a time then savour UNUSUAL AND ALWAYS INTERESTING MY COPY IS FROM PANTHEONRANDOM and always interesting My copy is Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread from PantheonRandom not PenguinThis is myavorite sort of history book 90% source material and 10% commentaryIn the author s words This book is the uest Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes 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 village goings on outlook on life and whatever else came to mind1967 was a key point in time to take a cross section of an agricultural community particularly in Suffolk where the echoes ofeudalism had persisted until just after World War I Until then armers as the land holders had acted like lords with arm workers being bound to armers in hereditary positionsBy 1967 agricultural practices and labor relations were a world apart rom what they d been 50 years earlier but the older She Weeps Each Time You're Born folks still remembered what it had been like Those memories encompass not just the old ways of being and doing but the brutal conditions engendered by the great agricultural depression in the late nineteenth centuryI have no idea how interesting this book would be to readers in Britain but to a reader in the US like me who isascinated by the way things once were Akenfield is a precious glimpse back at the life my English ancestors might have lived A snapshot c 1968 of life in an anonymised rural community south of Ipswich Suffolk UK The village is given the ictional 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 rom age 17 to almost 90 so we see the place and hear the shared experiences rom 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 or anyone interested in rural life in England 1880ish 1970 It is also extremely interesting and at times very entertaining and moving. 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. ,
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T of England Several of them mention that their A Northern Light families have resided within the boundaries of Akenfieldor generations But there are also a If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas fair number of voices we hearrom people who even though that have lived in Akenfield or 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 ound a charming cottage that the newly married couple could afford Hugh eels 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 ootball or the weatherIn the section on the school Blythe includes the administrative records rom 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 arm 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 helping with the crop and later when a truancy law is these guidelines or school attendance are still not Outbreaks of health such as ringworm diphtheria and scarlet ever 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 ind in any ordinary history book The orchard worker or instance gives us a detailed accounts of different apples that are best grown in the English worker Special Agent for instance gives us a detailed accounts of different apples that are best grown in the English and what the prime picking time isor 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 Sleep with the Fishes found the section on the bell ringers particularlyascinating 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 The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History fine artorm 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 Poetic strange charming eccentric sad admirable eavesdropping on the internal and eternal voices of souls long gone rom 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 reely probabl. 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. ,
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 empty except or peopleTHE BRIGADIER "Rtd On The Church Going To Pot What You Need "on the church going to pot What you need the padre type somebody who will have a drink with you in the bar and who has the right to say to you Now look Here Old Boy You old boy You been grizzling away about your Ethel and her short comings but do you ever think about how she Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life feels being left alone all the evening while you are lining them up here I meanair s air THE REV GETHYN OWEN 63 Rural Dean Religion has a lot to do with where I received an ARC rom 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 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate from all types of social backgrounds and occupations and recorded their wordsor this social history In 1967 the year in which the villagers are interviewed the way of life in this small village is changing The Oxford New Greek Dictionary from one of manual labor to mechanization Each personrom Akenfield that is interviewed by the author highlights different aspects of his or her life in a The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece 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 needor such talents because of the shrinking reliance on horses and wagons The New Job Security for transportation It was inspiring that these hardworking men decide to change with the times andind other uses The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) for their crafts The blacksmith Francis Lambert age twentyive 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 The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis fire screens Francis is so talented that he is even sent to Germany to represent England at an international craftestival Francis loves his job which is evident by the The Jumbee 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 expressedrom some of the residents but To Helvetica and Back for the most part they seem content to stay in their small par. In this rich rare book— which John Updike called exuisite—orty nine men and women— a blacksmith and a bellringer to the local vet and a gravedigger—. .