As I walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee

About the book

Abandoning the Cotswolds village that raised him, the young Laurie Lee walks to London. There he makes a living labouring and playing the violin. But, deciding to travel further a field and knowing only the Spanish phrase for ‘Will you please give me a glass of water?’, he heads for Spain. With just a blanket to sleep under and his trusty violin, he spends a year crossing Spain, from Vigo in the north to the southern coast. Only the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War puts an end to his extraordinary peregrinations .

Reviewed by Solent U3A

Very enjoyable reading. A good adventure undertaken by an inexperienced person who learnt a lot from his journey.
Star rating: ***

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3 thoughts on “As I walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee”

  1. Reviewed by Bridewell Beauties
    Loved by us all for its lyricism. It is a prose poem full of wonderful images even of dire poverty.
    Star rating: ****

  2. Reviewed by Goodworth Clatford WI
    Beautifully written – prose as poetry. Evocative – feeling that group wanted to know more especially his experience in the Civil War. His music was his way in to the people. Charismatic personality. Gem of a book.
    Star rating: ****

  3. Reviewed by North Baddesley WI Group 2
    The overall opinion of the group was not positive. One person thoroughly enjoyed it and has now bought the book. There was some disquiet about the credibility factor of some of what he had written and felt that there was some poetic license. It is described as an autobiography. We were unsure how his family in the 1930s knew where he was staying to write to him. He kept on the move through Spain and yet was able to collect his post from different venues along the way. Also it seemed he was able to communicate with the locals quite easily as he travelled through the different areas of Spain and their many dialects. Yet when he set off to travel he knew only one phrase in Spanish. We appreciated the beautiful descriptions of both town and country.
    Star rating ***

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