Lavengro

A varied, eclectic, and colourful presentation of the life in the first part of the 20th century of the author changes of style, place and background are used to build the story which is that of a Cornishman, with a Cornish way of thinking and talking and writing, traveling and
Lavengro A varied eclectic and colourful presentation of the life in the first part of the th century of the author changes of style place and background are used to build the story which is that of a Cor

  • Title: Lavengro
  • Author: George Borrow
  • ISBN: 9781404314177
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Lavengro”

    1. I added this book to my lists two years ago after seeing it mentioned in an essay collection by Kenneth Grahame. Lavengro has lurked around ever since, along with the sequel Romany Rye. So last week I decided it was high time to see why Grahame appreciated Borrow enough to mention him. I thought I would ramble along through the 100 chapters of the book, not being in any hurry. But then we decided to take a trip this next week and since I hate leaving an online book hanging, I concentrated on fin [...]

    2. I'm very surprised at the lack of reviews for this book. I picked it as an addition to my Gypsy theme, and may not have tried it otherwise. But wow! Wow. Not what I was expecting. Not a book about a gypsy, by the way. Romany's are recurring characters, yes, but the book is about a guy who doesn't know who he is and can't figure out what to do with his life (a very modern predicament, really). He loves languages, though (and Romany fascinates him most of all), and learns a lot of them, without kn [...]

    3. What a badly-written hash this is, infuriating because of the author's habit of telling half a story and presumably expecting us to guess the rest. He also does that 18th/19th century think of leaving dashes for place names, so the geography isn't always easy either. The book does end abruptly, but that's because Romany Rye carries on exactly where this leaves off. If you want to read Lavengro, be prepared to skim through some of the byways containing minor characters - the Man in Black is parti [...]

    4. Gutenberg rules: gutenberg/ebooks/30792Opening: On an evening of July, in the year 18--, at East D---, a beautiful little town in a certain district of East Anglia, I first saw the light.My father was a Cornish man, the youngest, as I have heard him say, of seven brothers. He sprang from a family of gentlemen, or, as some people would call them, gentillâtres, for they were not very wealthy; they had a coat of arms, however, and lived on their own property at a place called Tredinnock, which bei [...]

    5. Many vivid scenes of life on the road, especially the open air prize fights with thousands attending, and a nasty incident with some cake. Much debate on language, people, class, and factions of the church and their scheming. The book seemed to come to rather an abrupt end though.

    6. If you can tolerate the wordy, old-fashioned style that this is written in, this mostly autobiographical novel is well worth the effort.

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