Red Sky At Sunrise: Cider With Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, A Moment Of War

Red Sky At Sunrise Cider With Rosie As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning A Moment Of War Spanning the first twenty three years of his remarkable life Laurie Lee s celebrated autobiographical trilogy is presented here in one delightful volume Beginning with Cider with Rosie Laurie Lee wr

  • Title: Red Sky At Sunrise: Cider With Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, A Moment Of War
  • Author: Laurie Lee
  • ISBN: 9780670846580
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Spanning the first twenty three years of his remarkable life, Laurie Lee s celebrated autobiographical trilogy is presented here in one delightful volume Beginning with Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee writes evocatively of his idyllic childhood in the Cotswolds of the twenties, a world of rich sensuousness and native innocence As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning picks upSpanning the first twenty three years of his remarkable life, Laurie Lee s celebrated autobiographical trilogy is presented here in one delightful volume Beginning with Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee writes evocatively of his idyllic childhood in the Cotswolds of the twenties, a world of rich sensuousness and native innocence As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning picks up the story as he leaves his valley for London and then for Spain There, equipped only with a violin and his wits, he crossed the dramatic landscape of a vibrant and still almost medieval Spain for which he developed an abiding affection In the winter of 1937 he returned to a country now in the grip of Civil War and joined the International Brigade, describing in A Moment of War his journey into the dark side of Spain with unsparing honesty and poignancy.

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    1. With Red Sky at Sunrise, Laurie Lee's autobiographical trilogy comes together into one volume. The first book, Cider with Rosie, is an ode to an idyllic childhood in a Gloucestershire village in the twenties and thirties. When wanderlust prodded Lee into undertaking life on the road in the second book, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, he tramped as a casual laborer in London and then across Spain as a busking fiddler. His Spanish travels led to the third book, A Moment of War, recounting h [...]

    2. I first read Cider with Rosie at school and enjoyed it, identifying with the author's portrayal of childhood, I suppose. When I re-read it as an adult, and a father, I was overwhelmed by the yearning nostalgia of Lee's prose. But there is no mawkish sentimentality here, no idyll. In places there is a lurking , murderous undercurrent, a burgeoning and threatening sexuality that had gone over my head when I read the book at school. What comes across so strongly is Lee's sense of affection for and [...]

    3. If you wanted an example of a gifted poet who can write prose but retain his poetry in that prose, this is the book for you. It is really three separate books: the famous 'Cider with Rosie' covering the writer's idyllic yet poverty-stricken upbringing in the Slad Valley in Gloucestershire; an account of his leaving home travelling to London and then Spain in the early nineteen-thirties and finally an account of his largely futile idealistic efforts in the Spanish civil war that nearly cost him h [...]

    4. Laurie Lee came from the Stroud valleys, not so very far from where I grew up. His Cotswold childhood happened back when cars were still a rareity, when the world was a far less industrial place. There's a nostalgia for the past here, for lost innocence. The writing is beautiful. There are sorrows and hard times as well though, its not jsut a rose tinted view of a rural youth.'As I walked out' takes Lee across Spain, walking and busking. This section of his life really caught my imagination, alt [...]

    5. Where do i start about this book. Cider with Rosie, is one of those books thats been on my must read pile for a long time and i promised myself i would read this summer, and now i have i wish i'd read it sooner, or do I. Maybe if i'd read this when i was a few years younger i wouldn't have appreciated the lyrical prose that Lee plays with in this text. "Bees float like cake crumbs" the descriptions are so wonderful and conjure up time gone by that no longer exist in the british countryside. The [...]

    6. Shouldn't really have taken me so long - I read 'As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning' in a matter of days, then had a bit of a gap and read 'A Moment of War' in dribs and drabs. _Utterly_ beguiling - you can tell he's a poet because his prose just oozes from the page. Lyrical, beautiful and the most tangible, gorgeous images. Absolute master of words, he makes you fall in love with the language. Also a great read! I read 'Cider with Rosie' years back but do not remember it being so fluid and l [...]

    7. This book. Was. Amazing.It was exactly what I needed right now, having become a bit sick of short books.The tone of this book is something I don't think you could analyse; it seems to exist in the white space. But it is incredibly immersive and evocative and gave me that sense of being really excited to read, which only a few special books seem to do. Individually I think I'd give these three books 4/5 stars, but altogether it definitely increases to five stars.Here are my reviews for the first [...]

    8. This is an auto-biographical trilogy.It begins with 'Cider with Rosie' which charts the childhood and school years of Laurie Lee in the village of Slad in Gloucestershire. It is an excellent piece of social history.I was prompted to re-read this by a recent TV drama. The writing is beautifully prosaic, capturing both the sense of time and space in this part of rural England.The second book 'As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning' tells the tale of a young Laurie journeying through Spain just befo [...]

    9. Three books broken up as follows:Cider with Rosie - early childhood in a small valley village. As I Walked Out - leaving the valley and travelling to and through Spain. A Moment of War - returning to Spain and being a part of the war. The first book is very poetic and paints vivid images of country life from the dreamy hazy view point of a child. The second finds a balance between poetry and story, leading you through the country in good pace. The final part (book) reads more like a biography th [...]

    10. It is bewildering that I have waited this long to read Laurie Lee. I bought this compact edition last Sunday and finished it yesterday morning. The writing is glorious and so evocative that I have a strong feeling it will haunt me over the coming months. I will admit that I do now want to read a biography of Lee as, especially during "A Moment of War" I was wondering what was being left out. Obviously I thoroughly enjoyed Lee's writing but we never heard him in actual conversation throughout the [...]

    11. It is really nice to have these three books in one edition. They are allquite different. Cider with Rosie is an amazing account of growing up in a haphazeard Cotswold household in the 1920's.As I walked out one Midsummer Morning is about being young andpenniless, busking in London and then walking through Spain. Amazinglyatmospheric.A Moment of War is less charming, but I think very realistic. More likea diary than an organized account with analysis. It could have used morebackground to the Span [...]

    12. I must make clear: I'd already read As I Walked Out, and A Moment of War.I could only get Cider with Rosie published altogether with the rest of Lee's autobiographicals(?).I didn't find this the best of the three but must take into consideration it was his first publication and, more importantly, was a gateway to his magnificent subsequent autobiographicals.Note: I understand that "autobiographical" should not be pluralised, nor should it be used as a noun. But when referring to Laurie Lee I can [...]

    13. I read the lot, but Midsummer Morning is the one. Speaking as one that enters a lengthy personal debate about whether or not to walk the 500 yards to my local shops, this book left me convinced that I not only should walk the length of Spain, but that I wanted to - in fact I still want to. A truly memorable evocation of a time now gone and a tribute to the enduring kindness and generosity of the Spanish people. Definitely a MUST read.

    14. I seemed to remember "Cider with Rosie" as much more idyllic than it was now rereading it decades later. I was a little disappointed. On the other hand, "As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning", which I hadn't read earlier, was a pleasant surprise. What was really surprising was the last part, "A Moment of War", which at least in my mind curiously resembled Alan Furst's pre-WW2 spy novels, which I've read over the last 10 years.

    15. As mentioned elsehwere, I love Cider With Rosie. I recently read the other two in the trilogy but was slightly disappointed - perhaps because Cider with Rosie is so evocative, and I found the others didn't live up to my expectations. Having said that, it has triggered an interest in the Spanish Civil War and I'm looking forward to reading more (eg Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and Guerra by Jason Webster).

    16. Picked this up to read 'As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning' - an enjoyable Spanish travelogue (as beautifully descriptive as 'Cider With Rosie') until the author's simple life on the road is shattered by Civil War. 'A Moment of War' is an altogether darker affair that finds Lee returning to Spain to fight with International Brigade and just, only just, managing to evade death by firing squad. Truly an innocent abroad!

    17. I wonder, am curious, about this onebut, a writer is not listedThe Terra Papers: The Star Elder's Story, co-authored (only have one of the names handy) by Robert Morning Sky. The most amazing history of this planet, and more. So, TY LAURIE LEE! I've borrowed your book, to feature another, as well

    18. loved it! Rereading these much loved books. A holiday in Spain led me to rediscover Laurie Lee's As I Walked Out after some 25 years. Not disappointed. Wonderful innocence and energy. Cider With Rosie a classic. A Moment Of War not so enjoyable, but builds a clear picture of the sometimes ludicrous disarray of war. Love the fine balance of heroism and foolhardiness.

    19. Cider with Rosie was a set text for O grade English, so read it intensively age 15-16! Reading it again, for the first time in years was a pleasure. I had never read the following two books, where the author goes to London, then Spain. Didn't expect to like them as much as I did & learnt a lot of history I didn't know: the Spanish Civil War barely got touched on at school.

    20. A moment of war is The sequel to "As I walked out one summer morning" and tells how he felt guilt about leaving Spain when the civil war broke out and how he returned to make amends. A great read and definitely one I will read again.

    21. Cider with Rosie was 4 stars for me, such rich language, so vivid, evocative, poignant and funny into the bargain as well. A Moment of War speaks a bit too much about misery and bleakness to enjoy, but interesting all the same.

    22. My favorite of these three is "As I Walked Out": In the mid-1930's, at the age of 19, Lee walked to London and then across Spain and saw the civil war start. Makes us 21st century folk look awfully soft and silly! -- in a happy, poetic kind of way.

    23. I'd already read 'As I Walked Out' and it seemed appropriate to finish the trilogy as a friend had it. 'Cider with Rosie' is as lovely as 'A Moment of War' is bleak and both are fullof Lee's beautiful prose.

    24. One of the best trilogies ever written. It's also not in the fantasy genre, which is novel for a trilogy, and marvellous!

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