The Pop Larkin Chronicles: The Darling Buds of May

The Pop Larkin Chronicles The Darling Buds of May These three novellas by H E Bates were the inspiration for the popular British television series subsequently imported for American public television Set in the English countryside in the s they

  • Title: The Pop Larkin Chronicles: The Darling Buds of May
  • Author: H.E. Bates
  • ISBN: 9780060975968
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback
  • These three novellas by H E Bates were the inspiration for the popular British television series subsequently imported for American public television Set in the English countryside in the 1950s, they feature the eccentric Larkin family, whose wholehearted and riotous enjoyment of life has brought pleasure to thousands of British readers since Darling Buds was first publThese three novellas by H E Bates were the inspiration for the popular British television series subsequently imported for American public television Set in the English countryside in the 1950s, they feature the eccentric Larkin family, whose wholehearted and riotous enjoyment of life has brought pleasure to thousands of British readers since Darling Buds was first published in 1958 From the moment Pop Larkin tells his family that their world is perfick, H E Bates transports the reader into the delights of an England where the larger than life Pop and Ma, together with their children, squeeze every drop of enjoyment out of life and never let a cloud darken their days The Larkins may live in a junkyard in rural England, but they never fail to see beauty all around them, and they bring light into the lives of all who come into contact with them, be they tax inspector, vicar, or lord The charm, comedy, and warmth of these three Larkin books have captured British audiences for over thirty years The uninhibited exploits of the boisterous and hilarious family will now enchant American readers In the title story, a tax collector comes to extract the never paid taxes on the Larkin farm but is seduced into staying on forever In A Breath of French Air, the Larkins travel to France in an effort to dispel gray moods They struggle with everything from the language to the cuisine and return to England with a huge bill but also priceless comic memories In When the Green Woods Laugh, a couple from London buys a mansion from Pop, and he uses the proceeds to build a swimming pool Later they take Pop to court, but before long he s christening the pool with a boisterous party and celebrating a victorious court case.

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    1. H.E. Batesin "Oi ihana toukokuu" (Book Studio, 1992) tuli monille meistä tutuksi saman nimisenä televisiosarjana, jonka suosion ansiosta lienee aikanaan julkaistu myös tämä pokkaripainos. Larkinin elämäniloisen perheen ensimmäisestä esiintymisestä maassamme ei kuitenkaan ollut kyse, olihan Otava ehtinyt julkaista kirjan tai ainakin osasia siitä jo vuonna 1959.Vuoden 1992 pokkaripainokseen on mahdutettu sarjan kolme ensimmäistä pienoisromaania. Etenkin ensimmäinen niistä on varsin [...]

    2. Fabulous collection of 'Pop Larkin' stories. Heart warming, carefree living in rural england described at its best with the charms of the Larkin family. Most people will be more familiar with the TV series but this collection also features 'A little of what you fancy' which was never part of the tv series. I highly recommend this collection if your after a whitty, relaxing book to read exploring English country living at its most enjoyable. Its easy to read although this volume is rather too lar [...]

    3. A lovely makes-you-feel-warm-inside series of stories, set in the 50's, centred around the bohemian free-loving, free-living Larkin family. Definitely felt myself envying their country-living idyll. The reader is reminded that even in the most idyllic of settings, there are still problems to be faced, but of course there was a happy ending, and with this book that's just how it should be. Perfick!

    4. A nostalgic collection of stories about the Larkin family, set in post War England. A large family rich with love, laughter and faultless generosity. Set in the garden of England, Kent, it has the most idyllic backdrop. You can almost smell the honysuckle in the air and it gave me that warm pleasantly aching sensation in the pit of stomach as I revelled in the idealism of days gone by, affirming my incresing conviction that I am indeed a 1950's throwback. Smply beautiful. 4.5 stars.”

    5. Pop Larkin, a truly likeable English character in postwar England and his family form the focus of 4 stories of which 3 are in this volume. I fell in love with the character in the BBC TV series, While he doesn't pay taxes and wheels and deals, he is philanthropy, hospitality, and loving.

    6. I loved the whole story. The characters were from the '50'sand completely believable. The situations were hilarious.I recommend this to lighten you mood.

    7. I enjoyed this book about a warm, happy-go-lucky family. Ma Larkin was always cooking great feasts and cheerfully welcomed people to her home. She really inspired me to be more open and fun-loving. The descriptions of the English countryside were charming. The Larkin's way of life reminded me of the trend toward small farms and sustainable living. Their story makes it sound ideal.On a side note, my breastfeeding advocate friends would probably like this book. Baby Oscar hungrily buried his littl [...]

    8. The Darling Buds Of May - 4 StarsA Breath Of French Air - 3 StarsWhen the Green Woods Laugh - 3 StarsOh! To Be In England - 3 StarsA Little of What You Fancy - 2 Stars

    9. The ultimate in feel-good literature; a perfick spring read. The fifth book in the series (A Little Of What You Fancy, published 12 years after The Darling Buds Of May) did not form part of the TV series, so that story was wonderfully surprising. I'm already looking forward to rereading this at some point in the future.

    10. I would give this book 10 stars if I could. My all time favourite book. It may be unrealistic of a 1950's England but it represents a childhood not dissimilar to mine set in the glorious english countryside which I am truly grateful for. It provides escapism and the luxurious prose and vivid imagery are unbeatable (personally!)EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS

    11. Absolutely charming. Everything about these stories makes you yearn to be there, to be welcomed into that family, to drink and eat with them. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    12. If it weren't for the horrible, terrible, anachronistic joke about rape at the end of the third novella, I would have given it four stars. Otherwise, quite a charmer,

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