Lorna Doone : A Romance of Exmoor, Paperback Book

Lorna Doone : A Romance of Exmoor Paperback

Edited by Sally Shuttleworth

Part of the Oxford World's Classics series

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


This is the only critical edition of this perennially popular story. Sally Shuttleworth's introduction finds, beneath the idyllic evocation of rural bliss and a tale of love and high adventure, a startling sub-text which rigidly defends Victorian values, and portrays a 'manly' hero constantly having to prove his masculinity to himself.

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The Doone family lived in a secret valley. They were robbers and murderers.One man which named John hated them. Because John's father were killed by them.So, John killed them.I think it is not good to kill people.There was the way which judged The Doone family.For example, taking their all weapons and so on...

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Not one of the best 'classics' I have ever read - I found the narrator rather unformed, and the various skirmishes with the Duke of Monmouth became tedious. There were good bits though - notably the tense confrontation with the Doone family early on in the book. The trouble is, I kept thinking, just transpose the whole scenario into the modern day, have the Doone family living on a sink estate with a rusting Rover up on bricks in the front garden, Lorna would have been just as rough as the rest of them, I'm sure. Why it should be any different in olden times I don't really understand.

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Lorna Doone, the centuries old tale of adventure and love in remote England, is a true classic in every sense. R. D. Blackmore, though wordy, writes John Ridd's tale of rivalry and respect easily, with many unexpected plot turns. As typical of romantic adventures of the time, the drama is abundant and the characters well imagined. It's a lengthy story and you need to invest some time to get the most from it, but you won't be sorry by the time you turn the last page. Blackmore was the type of writer who left no strings hanging and his reader well satisfied. Some of the vocabulary used is old, and somewhat hard to decipher, though the version I read conveniently contains a glossary at the back, for easy reference. The novel is worth a bit of effort; it is as engaging and relevant today as when it was written in 1869. Once encountered, you won't soon forget the larger than life John Ridd and his everlasting love affair with beautiful Lorna, or the strife he puts himself through to nurture it.

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