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I found a very old copy of this book in the second hand book shop at a National Trust property for fifty pence earlier this year. I seem to remember there being a television adaptation of the book many years ago although I remember nothing about it. I have never read anything by this author before so decided to give it a go.

 

I am about fifty pages in and am beginning to really enjoy it. Although not masses has happened yet the book is beautfully written. The language has a real richness about it and although the descriptive writing could be considered to be a bit long winded by some I am loving it. The book has a real atmosphere about and a feeling of the changing world. Although it is set in a time before I was born I can still appreciate the social changes portrayed in the book.

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I am about a third of the way through this book and although not a great deal is happening I am really loving it. The descriptive language is a delight to read and I love the way that Bates manages to build the tension between the group of youngsters so well. It is described on the back of the book as a story of young love but it is so much more. Not only can the reader see the obvious relationship between Lydia and Mr Richardson (not sure that we even know his first name as he is the story teller) developing but we can also see the growing confidence of Lydia and the power that she is able to weild over the young men around her. It is a bit like watching a butterfly emerge from it's chrysalis.

 

The whole book has a sensual atmosphere once again built without that much happening. As in all really good stories no matter what the content much more is implied than is actually said. Sounds a bit odd I know but I find when watching or reading thrillers I am far more frightened by what is suggested but that I do not see than what I actually see. It is much the same with this story of young love and the emergence of awareness of previously unknown feelings. The reader can not only see the strength and knowledge of power growing within Lyydia but cann also see the beginnings of jealousy appearing between the friends. There are also the stirrings of vanity and cruelty on show.

 

I cannot remember anything about the TV adaptation many years ago but I suspect that this story is not going to end well. Tensions are being built and feelings are beginning to run higher and higher so I can only suspect a less than happy climax.

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I loved this book. It was my first 'introduction' to Bates until I realised that he had written Darling Buds etc. I agree with all you said about about the story being on a slow burn build up but the whole atmosphere is so real I swear I could feel the cold in the air when they went skating. 

 

Bates is probably too old fashioned and not 'literature' enough for most people these days but I love the fact that he tells stories, really good stories. 

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I finished this book this afternoon having loved it. It is a very slow burn but throughout I felt as if there was a real atmosphere of pathos about the book. It is not only a story of young love and relationships it also portrays that final movement into maturity amazingly well. The couple at the end of the book are very different to the couple that appear at the beginning of the book. Not only do they understand each other more completely but they also understand themselves far better. They have also learnt the effects that their behaviour can have on the lives and feelings of others and how just small actions can alter the course if events.

 

Although in many ways this is a sad book I felt that it finished on a note of hope. Although battered and a little worn by the end both Lydia and Mr Richardson are looking forward to the future as much as backwards. I finished the book not exactly on a high but with less sadness than I expected. A lovely read.

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