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 . Akenfield is also an oral history taken of as blythe himself calls many of them survivors who make up a changing english village in the 1960s so far akenfield is the best book ive read in 2015. Portrait of an english village ronald blythes akenfield demonstrates that the strongest link between past and future is the living memories of our neighbors
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