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EPPING, NSW, Australia
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BOOK TITLE: Lorna Doone A Romance of Exmoor
First Published 1869
THIS COPY Published by Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd. Undated. (Purchased in 1940s.)
679 pages. Illustrated. Red cover with gilt lettering. Refer to photos.
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Recommended for: language lovers, adventure lovers, romance lovers
Read in November 2009 with book group.
I hate it when this book ends! Really it couldn't keep going, but I so want it too. I just want to live on that farm in that beautiful country.
Learning that Blackmore was devoted to gardening and farming made this book and the narrator's love for the land even more beautiful.
I wrote a little note to by bookgroup apologizing to them if anyone was annoyed by the many many asides, colloquialisms, archaic words and descriptions (which I love) they would appreciate a quote from the book after one of the side-stories:
"Now this has led me out of my way; as things are always doing, partly through their own perverseness, partly through my kind desire to give fair turn to all of them, and to all the people who do them. If anyone expects of me a strict and well-drilled story, standing "at attention" all the time, with hands at the side...., and eyes going neither right nor left; I trow that man has been disappointed many a page ago, and has left me to my evil ways; and if not, I love his charity."
I love every single word of this book. To me the cadence is like poetry or a beautiful song. I would love to meet Mr. Blackmore someday, I would just love to hear him speak. I think he poured his whole soul into this book. I have to think the way John Ridd loves Lorna is the way Blackmore loved his wife. It's beautiful. His humans are so real and his wit so perfect.
Those of you wishing to know what Lorna Doone is about, will have to go elsewhere, I don't have time to do a summary. Suffice it for me to say it's wonderful. I will stick in a couple of my most favorite lines.
"And I for my part can never conceinve how people who live in towns and cities, where neither lambs nor birds are (except in some shop windows), nor growing corn, nor meadow-grass, nor even so much as a sick to cut, or a stile to climb and sit down upon --how these poor folk get through their lives, without being utterly weary of them, and dying from pure indolence, is a thing God only knows, if His mercy allows Him to think of it."
"She looked as if she had been visited by many troubles, and had felt them one by one; yet held enough of kindly nature still to grieve for others."
"...It strikes me that of all human dealings, satire is the very lowest, and most mean and common. It is the equivalent in words, for what bullying is in deeds; and no more bespeaks a clever man, than the other does a brave one. These two wretched tricks exalt a fool in his own low esteem, but never in his neighbor's; for the deep common sense of our nature tells that no man of a genial heart, or of any special mind can take pride in either."
"...goodness of heart is more important than to show good reason for having it."
This is a passage between the wily Counsellor (Lorna's "uncle") and John's mother:
'Good, madam! I may look upon that as your sanction and approval: and the College of Heralds shall hear of it. And in return, as Lorna's guardian, I give my full and ready consent to her marriage with your son, madam.'
'Oh, how good of you, sir, how kind! Well, I always did say, that the learnedest people were, almost always, the best and kindest, and the most simple-hearted.'
'Madam, that is a great sentiment. What a goodly couple they will be! and if we can add him to our strength—'
'Oh no, sir, oh no!' cried mother: 'you really must not think of it. He has always been brought up so honest—'
'Hem! that makes a difference. A decided disqualification for domestic life among the Doones. But, surely, he might get over those prejudices, madam?'
'Oh no, sir! he never can: he never can indeed. When he was only that high, sir, he could not steal even an apple, when some wicked boys tried to mislead him.'
'Ah,' replied the Counsellor, shaking his white head gravely; 'then I greatly fear that his case is quite incurable. I have known such cases; violent prejudice, bred entirely of education, and anti-economical to the last degree. And when it is so, it is desperate: no man, after imbibing ideas of that sort, can in any way be useful.'
"Pure pleasure it is to any man, to reflect upon all these things. How truly we discern clear justice, and how well we deal it. If any poor man steals a sheep, having ten children starving, and regarding it as mountain game (as a rich man does a hare), to the gallows with him. If a man of rank beats down a door, smites the owner upon the head, and honours the wife with attention, it is a thing to be grateful for, and to slouch smitten head the lower." (wasn't that a bit of satire?:)
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK! (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/31934827?book_show_action=true&page=1)
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