Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Book Review: Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore

Description of Lorna Doonefrom Amazon:

"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."

I loved this book! I read this forgotten (at least I'd never heard of it before) classic a while ago, but I was just amazed at how much I enjoyed it! The story is interesting and I had never really read a good classic book that had humor. Ridd was just so funny, particularly in reference to himself. The language is not easily accessible, but that is true of most works of the time period. And there was a lot of descriptions of countryside, but I still managed to enjoy it - a lot. If you haven't heard of this or read it, I recommend you do it. Now.

s-factor: !

Probably a few of the kind common at the time (though, I honestly don't remember).

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: ->->

There was some fighting.

Overall rating: *****

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