Lorna Doone

Lorna Doone

A Romance of Exmoor

Book - 2005
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First published in 1869, Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of seventeenth-century England. He is just a boy when his father is slain by the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon. Seized by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he makes his way to the valley of the Doones, where he is discovered by the beautiful Lorna. In time their childish fantasies blossom into mature love-a bond that will inspire John to rescue his beloved from the ravages of a stormy winter, rekindling a conflict with his archrival, Carver Doone, that climaxes in heartrending violence. Beloved for its portrait of star-crossed lovers and its surpassing descriptions of the English countryside, Lorna Doone is R. D. Blackmore's enduring masterpiece.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780143039327
Branch Call Number: BLA
Characteristics: xliii, 750 p. ;,20 cm


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Mar 07, 2015

This book took me longer than usual to finish. I had a hard time picking it up again, although it is very good. Every time I did pick it up and begin reading again, I liked it and would read for hours. It's 750 pages, though, which takes a while. This is a classic, and is very dense. There is not a lot of conversation to break it up, either. One thing that is amazing is the author's way of describing the setting. It's like poetry. You can really imagine what it's like to be in Exmoor, during the spring, summer, fall, and winter. The romance is cute. There are several places in the book where the narrator comments about women, which can be nowadays found as offensive, but which I found quite hilarious. In fact, a lot of the book made me laugh out loud. In the midst of the terrible deeds of the Doones in killing people, stealing women, and burning farms, there are parts of comic relief, such as how John's coat of arms is decided (part of which has to do with a two-headed piglet). I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes classics, and also anyone who has a lot of time on their hands and is interested in British history and Exmoor.

Jun 11, 2011

A little known classic! I don't understand why more people don't know about this classic! It's an awesome book! I loved it!

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