When Laurie Lee was a young man, he set off on an adventure from his home in rural England. It was 1934, before motorized travel was common, so he walked to London, relying on his wits and his violin to support him. Before long he decided to let the adventure take him all the way to Spain, despite his lack of the language and an impending civil war.
Ah, to be young and fearless! I enjoyed this memoir, especially because Mr. Lee wasn’t mature enough to be wary of dangers of such a trip. Maybe it was the time (and lack of 24/7 news stories/information), but it seems like fewer people would dare to make such a trip today. His innocence and friendliness was definitely part of the charm. A great book for those with a sense of adventure and an appreciation for Lee’s lyrical writing.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1969
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