Lorna Doone - A Romance of Exmoor

Lorna Doone A Romance of Exmoor First published in Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of seventeenth century England He is just a boy when his father is slain b

  • Title: Lorna Doone - A Romance of Exmoor
  • Author: R.D. Blackmore
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Hardcover
  • First published in 1869, Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of seventeenth century England He is just a boy when his father is slain by the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon Seized by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he makes his way to the valley of theFirst published in 1869, Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of seventeenth century England He is just a boy when his father is slain by the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon Seized by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he makes his way to the valley of the Doones, where he is discovered by the beautiful Lorna In time their childish fantasies blossom into mature love a bond that will inspire John to rescue his beloved from the ravages of a stormy winter, rekindling a conflict with his archrival, Carver Doone, that climaxes in heartrending violence Beloved for its portrait of star crossed lovers and its surpassing descriptions of the English countryside, Lorna Doone is R D Black s enduring masterpiece.

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    1. What an awesome tale. Written in the 19th century, but telling a tale about the late 1600s during the times of Charles II and James II. Our hero, John Ridd is a simple, albeit wise and honorable farmer who as a young lad meets Lorna Doone of the dreaded, evil outlaw family of higher born Doones, and it's love at first sight. There are lots of ups and downs and surprises, along with the author's gorgeous prose describing the english countryside and farmlife. You have to pay attention though, as n [...]

    2. This enduring 19th century classic (never out of print since it was first published) has been on my radar ever since I saw an old black-and-white film version of it as a kid; but my interest was really piqued by the 2000 BBC/A&E miniseries adaptation. (As it turns out, I would rate the fidelity of the latter to the book at only about 65%; but that's another discussion!) Recently, I nominated it as a common read in the classics group I belong to here on , and it won the poll.Author Blackmore [...]

    3. I put a lot of time reading this book, yet the story is very good but I admit that it's very slow. On the one hand because the choice of characters is quite small and the other partn it is a great (big) paved anyway. I started the story in the summer, and it is for these two reasons I have just finished it.So no, the story is beautiful, she tackles the subject of love that will meet many problems: the aspect of social class (if we can still speak like that), money, religion and royalty .

    4. 3rd ReviewFebruary 2018Read again to beguile the winter days. So beguiled. Enchanted. If you are the type of reader who might find great joy in listening to an old man telling his long and rambling love story of a life (imagine a comfortable fireside setting, cushy chairs, popcorn and cocoa) then you will adore this book. If you're the type of reader who would be impatient, bored or even annoyed in such a setting, you will not enjoy this book so leave it alone rather than revile it.Reader, you m [...]

    5. I was surprised at how much I struggled with this book. I love my nineteenth century literature, and I absolutely love the last TV adaptation (although it seems they took the best parts of the book and eradicated all the filler) but there were times I was almost ready to give up on this. It just so happened that then a scene would come along to distract me and hold my attention and then be followed by fifty pages of sheer boredom.Not to mention that the characters are all unlikable. John Ridd is [...]

    6. Just as good the third time round as the first! I can't say anything that hasn't already been said so I'll just say what I liked and why. R. D. Blackmore's descriptions of the countryside and the Doone's valley are some of my favorite parts. One of my favorite chapters is chapter 8, where we first see inside Doone Valley. Next we have Tom the highwayman with his strawberry horse Jenny. What a pair. Tom manages to be endearing even when he's a thief with an eye for finery.Lorna Doone has a sweetn [...]

    7. The plethora of interesting aspects to this book makes it difficult to decide about which ones to write. John Ridd is a young boy living in the wilds of western England in the 17th century, when his father is murdered by a band of outlaws who torment, bully and rob the farmers and good people of Exmoor. The Doones occupy their own outlaw village and not only survive by robbing those around them but also prey on the their neighbors for sport. When John Ridd’s father stands up to these bullies, [...]

    8. A pleasant surprise, I admit.I first saw a copy of this book on my library's (used) bookshelves for 25 cents but even that ridiculously low price didn't tempt me enough to purchase it. I didn't want to get stuck with one of those heavy, portentous, late Victorian tomes that would render me comatose.Then, however, I watched this version of the book. The plot looked interesting so the next time I was browsing the library's shelves I took the 2-bit plunge and bought the book.And I'm glad I did. Fro [...]

    9. I was assigned a (vastly abridged) version of this when I was in grade school, which kept 90% of the plot but cut out a lot of the description and the on and on. This was in 4th or 5th grade, but it has stayed with me ever since. I read the abridged version so many times it literally fell to pieces, and this was my first time reading the unabridged version. Blackmore wrote in the dialogue of the time, writing "in accent" so to speak, which was difficult to get through at times. For some of his c [...]

    10. Back in March I tried to read Lorna Doone but realized too late that my copy was a horribly abridged edition. The book was barely recognizable as the original R. D. Blackmore romance. By July I had found a second, older and complete version and added it to my list for the Classics Challenge. In the meantime, other obligations got in the way and I was forced to leave Lorna Doone to the wire.Lorna Doone is framed around the Monmouth rebellion but the book isn't a historical fiction. The Doone clan [...]

    11. I'm sorry. This is not the classic for me. I will explain why. (And I will also add that I read it until the middle, and then promptly went to the last five chapters. So I didn't really read EVERYTHING. I admit this. Hehehe.) (And I will also add that the movie wasn't my cup of tea, either. So I DO understand if you would like this. It's a personal thing.)1. It's too long, and hardly any dialogue. You know the kind: Thick paragraphs; endless thick paragraphs; hardly ANY immediate talking. This d [...]

    12. I was excited to read this *romance not historical* classic, but sadly (very sadly given there were 750 pages of it) it just wasn't really my cup of tea.Ironically, it was the historical parts of the novel I liked a lot more than the 'romance'. I liked the setting, I liked the way the story was set up with those evil Doones, and I liked all the descriptions of the natural environment and the farmin' life.What I didn't like, and what made those 750 pages drag, were the characters. We have our pro [...]

    13. Well---I think Blackmore outdoes the Brontes in romance and stirring action with Lorna Doone. The best romance action packed novel. I was so proud of myself as an eleven-year old when I read the "dumbed down" version of the book. They need to do a Young Adult version of Blackmore's heavy-weight novel so that readers allergic to anything over 250 pages will pick this one up for a good reading experience. OK---forget it you purists out there---I've already argued in favor of Classic Comics, abridg [...]

    14. Young John Ridd is called home from school when his father is murdered by notorious highwaymen, the Doones. Although others cry out for revenge, young John focuses on working his mother's farm, and growing up tall and strong, without bitterness in his heart.While he is fishing one day, he comes across the lovely Lorna Doone, the innocent granddaughter of the leader of the Doone clan. The two children become secret friends, and as they grow up, their love blossoms. Lorna is promised in marriage t [...]

    15. What a first book to read for Victober! The perfect sweeping, slightly over the top romance. Highly recommend the audiobook narrated by Jonathan Keeble, John Ridd's voice shines through wonderfully in his performance!

    16. This looks like the right cover.As a young teen, I would read this late into the night while babysitting. When the parents came home, I'd greet them in 1811 English.In grade 8, my teacher noticed me reading the last in the Anne of Green Gables series (a book I'd spent 3 years looking for, pre-internet), and said it was too young for me.So, next week I brought in this. Tiny print. Onion skin paper. Huge number of pages.The teacher stopped bothering me.After writing my final university exam, I ask [...]

    17. I read this in high school because I found a copy my mom had when she was in high school. I loved it so much, I started reading more English literature which carried me into college and ultimately my introduction to Jane Austen and the Brontes. Lorna Doone sent me into a world of great literature in which I will always be grateful. The story of Lorna and John is timeless and gets pushed into the shadows by other great works of art like Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde and Elizabeth and Darcy [...]

    18. Just finished listening to this on audio. Masterfully read, but for the first few hours it was hard work deciphering the old English accent. After that it was fine, I don't know if the actor lightened up on the twang - maybe John started speaking more properly as he spent more time with Lorna, or maybe I just got used to it.An interesting classic romance with plenty of historical detail from the late 1600s. The story of the star-crossed lovers surrounded by the evil Doones reminded me a little o [...]

    19. Tis an enjoyable yarn. However, the narrator/ hero is detestable. He admits that he wouldn't have loved Lorna if she'd been plain. And his bovine sensibilities are offended by intelligent women. Why is the she with him? Superficiality is his only distinction. Really, which is sexier a highwayman or a farmer?*concludes with rendition of 'I've got a brand new combine-harvester'**rests case*

    20. I really loved this book. I have a love for the 18th century, and stories about rural life, and of history. This novel appeals to all of those perfectly. The start is like the novel Cider with Rosie and about growing up in a rural and rough 'agricola' world, the middle involves the political turmoils in the 1700s, and the end is sort of gothically like Jane Eyre, just with guns and firefights with outlaws. Never read this book? READ IT! READ IT NOW!

    21. Another book from childhood. Read it sitting in the woods by a river. Every day, took it outside and read with my feet in the water. 12? 13? like that. To this day, I remember the odd union of the virtual landscape so vividly evoked and the actual one around me.

    22. 3.5 stars. I did enjoy this, and would probably have given it 5 stars but it's soooooooooo long! Must admit, it became a bit of a slog towards the end & I was glad to finish. Glad I read it, even so.

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