Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village by Ronald Blythe

Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village

Ronald Blythe

287 pages first pub 1969 (editions)

nonfiction history informative reflective slow-paced


In this rich, rare book— which John Updike called "exquisite"— forty-nine men and women— a blacksmith and a bellringer to the local vet and a gravedigger— speak to us directly, in honest and evocative monologues, of their works and days in the rur...

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