This colourful perceptive portrayal of english country life reverberates with the voices of the village inhabitants from the reminiscences of survivors of the great war evoking days gone by to the concerns of a younger generation of farm workers and the fascinating and personal recollections of among others the local schoolteacher doctor blacksmith saddler district nurse and magistrate. Before village was appropriated into an idyll it was a real place with real people and real jobs this book is about such a place it is a kind of oral history of a mid 20th century english village mostly in the words of people not inclined to talk and it is splendid leonard thompson 71 farm . Portrait of an english village ronald blythes akenfield demonstrates that the strongest link between past and future is the living memories of our neighbors by matt weiland. Akenfield portrait of an english village ronald blythe matt weiland on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers woven from the words of the inhabitants of a small suffolk village in the 1960s akenfield is a masterpiece of twentieth century english literature
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