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Rural Rides by William Cobbett
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Read 2 times. Last read September 1, 2021.

Enjoyed his mix of country matters, and his riding escapades, with his diatribes against parliament in the 1820s, regarding the ruination of rural workers and farmers. He has no time for universities: "those dens of dunces called Colleges and Universities".
He bemoans the bankrupting of the country in fighting the French, eg. building the Martello towers on the coast. Seems similar to what happened to Britain’s finances from WW1 and WW2, and more recently the fortune spent on beating Covid-19. In each case it was done with borrowed money.
Another bit of similarity to our times, when he points out the large number of churches that now have few attendees for services.
As others have said, a bit repetitive, but there were still gems in the later pages.

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September 1, 2021 – Finished Reading
December 23, 2021 – Shelved

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