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Cider with Rosie (Nonpareil Book)

By Laurie Lee
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Book Details
  • Author: Laurie Lee
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Nonpareil Books
  • Published: 2008-04-01

The wonderfully charming and poignant memoir of youth in a rural English village--and a fatherless family--set against the backdrop of the Great War.

Cider with Rosie is the classic memoir of growing up in a remote Gloucestershire village, a world that Laurie Lee makes tangibly real even as it's now in a distant past. Abandoned by her husband, Laurie's adoring mother becomes the center of his world as she struggles to raise a family on her own. The center of his world, that is, until he meets someone very special...

I turned to look at Rosie. She was yellow and dusty with buttercups and seemed to be purring in the gloom; her hair was rich as a wild bee's nest and her eyes were full of stings. I did not know what to do about her, nor did I know what not to do. She looked smooth and precious, a thing of unplumbable mysteries, and perilous as quicksand.

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. Cider with Rosie became an instant bestseller when it was published in 1959, selling over six million copies in the UK alone, and continues to be read all over the world.

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