As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

Book - 2010
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For Laurie Lee, as for much of the world, 1936 was the end of innocence. Lee recalls the first great journey of his young life, in which he walks through Spain and becomes entangled in the passionate, bloody struggle that was the Spanish Civil War. This memoir (a sequel to the beloved Cider with Rosie), written with the excitement and wonder of a twenty-year-old, is also infused with the prescience of a young adult who sees what lies ahead.
Publisher: Boston : David R. Godine, 2010
ISBN: 9781567923926
Branch Call Number: 914.604 LEE LEE
Characteristics: 200 pages
Notes: Originally published: New York : Atheneum,1969
The second book in Lee's autobiographical trilogy, following Cider with Rosie


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Aug 08, 2019

Back in the 1930's, when travel could still be "exotic", Laurie Lee picked up his violin and pack, left his home in the Cotswolds (England), walked through southeastern England, worked for a time in London, then trekked through Spain where he stumbled onto a civil war. Lee survived primarily by busking. Food and lodging usually depended on circumstance. As I Walked Out is a fine memoir, giving an intimate view of life on the road and among the peasants of Spain, with revolution in the air. However, like the Publishers Weekly reviewer (above), I found the pictures ill-chosen and distracting. Still, I didn't get as annoyed as that reviewer; the font was quite readable, and I didn't even notice the little man hiking across the top of the pages. I'd strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes either travel writing or social history.

Feb 24, 2019

The edition from our library is incredibly unattractive as described in the Publishers Weekly review. However, the language in this non-fictional account of a walk through Spain was the most beautiful I've ever read. Steve Coogan was reading this book in the recent film "The Trip to Spain".

Sep 23, 2014

A long time ago I read "Cider with Rosie" & thoroughly enjoyed not just the story but the writing as well. This book intrigued me as it is about Laurie's year long wanderings in Spain in the early thirties before the Spanish War. A beautifully written tale of freedom, people, very keen observations and a way of life which was changed forever with the looming second world war- though there was the Civil war to get through first. After being evacuated back to England Laurie realised he had made a mistake and proceeded to sneak back into Spain via France. His part in the war is another story I believe. Well worth reading just for the prose alone. Fascinating absorbing tales.


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