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Cider With Rosie

Cider With Rosie

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Cider With Rosie is a memoir of Laurie Lee’s life in the Cotswolds immediately following World War I, and reminded me of A. Sick Boy is an account of the various illnesses Lee suffered as a young boy, some of which brought him to the brink of death. This glimpse of a time long past, of a place that he loved and made him the man he was to become when he walked away at the age of 19.

To walk around this area is to walk in his footsteps – there is a Laurie Lee Wood and the Laurie Lee Wild Way, lined with his writings printed on Perspex plaques. There is also a village outing on charabancs to Weston-super-Mare where the women sunbathe on the beach, the men disappear down the side-streets into pubs and the children amuse themselves in the arcade on the pier, playing the penny machines.

We see a life set around the family kitchen, early school years,family and friends but in particular the various seasons of nature. I inexplicably felt relieved to finish reading this wonderful book since it has long challenged me since around those late 1960's in my college years in Bangkok (there were only six state universities then). Of the land: potatoes are dipped and stripped clean from their coats of mud and glutinous beans are torn from their nests of wool. Even the moldy, dripping, cottage walls, constant struggle for food, nine living and three dead siblings, numbing cold of winter, and common English brawling and beatings don't seem that bad because they're described so beautifully. I was reminded, with a jolt, in amongst the stories of day trips to Weston-super-Mare, and blackberry picking, and carolling in the snow, of the violence, grief and sometimes sheer brutality of village life.

On the other hand, there are long passages about church festivals and group outings that, while interesting, seem to plod on past their necessity.Reading the verdant descriptions in this book is like biting into the largest, juiciest piece of fruit you've ever eaten. The first time I read it, I was quite young and slightly confused as it was the first book I read that was not really chronological, but instead told the story grouped by overlapping themes, such as seasons, school, grannies (not blood ones) and festivals. The sophisticated adult author's retrospective commentary on events is endearingly juxtaposed with that of the innocent, spotty youth, permanently prone to tears and self-absorption. A chapter entitled "The Kitchen" which is the center of a home, and here we hear of his family, his mother and father and half-sisters, half-brothers and brothers.



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