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    As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (Paperback) By (author) Laurie Lee, Illustrated by Leonard Rosoman


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    DescriptionIt was 1934 and a young man walked to London from the security of the Cotswolds to make his fortune. He was to live by playing the violin and by labouring on a London building site. Then, knowing one Spanish phrase, he decided to see Spain. For a year he tramped through a country in which the signs of impending civil war were clearly visible. Thirty years later Laurie Lee captured the atmosphere of the Spain he saw with all the freshness and beauty of a young man's vision, creating a lyrical and lucid picture of the beautiful and violent country that was to involve him inextricably.

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    As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Laurie Lee, Illustrated by Leonard Rosoman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 118 g
    ISBN 13: 9780140033182
    ISBN 10: 0140033181

    BIC subject category V2: DSK
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC subject category V2: BG, DSBH
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJG
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DSE
    LC classification: CT
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 170
    Abridged Dewey: 920
    Libri: B-232
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23690
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    DC21: 914.60481
    LC classification: DP42
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DSE, 3JJG
    Thema V1.0: DNB, DSK, DSBH, WTL
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, map
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    11 January 1990
    Publication City/Country
    Review text
    In A Rose for Winter (1957) Mr. Lee brought his wife minstrelling in Spain, but this is the tale of his first, solo, passionate knowledge of the country in 1935-6. On a "fine bright morning in June," young Mr. Lee set off from rural Gloustershire with violin, exhilarated but also a bit abashed by his freedom. After tramping, laboring and loitering through parts of England, Spain seemed as good an answer as any to the question: "So where should I go?" His second morning in Vigo, Spain, was an affirmation: "...to look out on a world for which I had no words, to start at the beginning, speechless and without plan." Lee begins his year's pilgrimage from north to south, living rigorously (sometimes walking twenty miles a day) and content to play for his suppers. He served as a divertissement for clusters of spare and mainly primitive people in cities and villages - a complement to "great gold plains, the arid and mystical distances." Travelling with a timeless receptivity to stark beauty and muted pain, Lee reaches the end of his journey during the beginnings of civil upheaval. At the last he is picked up by a British ship, as a farewell chorus of villagers sees him off. The time is now for reader as well as author. A splendid journey, lush and lovely, and not since Keats' St. Agnes Eve buffet have the pleasures of the senses received so eloquent a transubstantiation. (Kirkus Reviews)