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As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
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Jul 18, 12

Read in September, 2009

Laurie Lee was born in 1915 in Stroud. He left home at nineteen to experience life with only his optimism and a few meagre possessions. He walked to London via the coast, he ‘wanted to see the sea.’ After a year in London he booked a one-way ticket to Vigo, Spain. From there he walked down through inland Spain and arrived at Cadiz, which failed to impress him ‘a heap of squat cubist hovels.’ He survived by busking his violin to the confused Spanish, many thought he was French. After all, why would an Englishman be walking through Spain. Lee has an enchanting descriptive style of writing which paints a fascinating picture of pre civil war Spain for his readers. His final chapter recounts his brush with the first days of the war. Probably better known for his ‘Cider with Rose’ this book gives a vivid insight to mid 1930s Spain. A good read for all Expats.
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