Love for Lydia

Love for Lydia Love For Lydia Was The First Novel With An English Setting That HE Bates Wrote After The Second World War, And It Was His Own Favourite Among His Northamptonshire Novels The Northants Setting Becomes The Background Both Ugly And Beautiful For The Story Of A Young Girl, The Daughter Of A Decaying Aristocratic Household, And Her Lovers, Of Which The Most Important Is The Narrator HimselfPublished In , It Is Essentially An Autobiographical Novel, And, Though Much Of His Fiction Reflects His Own Life And Background, This Probably Contains Than In Any Other Piece Of Fiction That May Explain Why It Is Such A Satisfying Book Bates Spent A Brief Time As A Reporter On The Northamptonshire Chronicle, And There Are Other Echoes Of The Author S Personal Experiences Here In The Character Of The Narrator, Richardson Lydia, It Seems, Is Based On, Or Was Inspired By, A Young Lady He Once Glimpsed On Rushden Railway Station A Tallish, Dark, Proud, Aloof Young Girl In A Black Cloak Lined With Scarlet Lydia In The Story Is The Sheltered And Selfish Aspen Daughter, And The Novel Chronicles Her Affairs With Richardson And Two Of The Other Young Men It Has Been Described As A Novel Of A Young Man S Struggle To Understand And Resolve Himself To A Formidable World Of Change And Uncertainty , And The Novel Ends In His Committing Himself To Lydia In A Much Mature And Lasting Way Than He Could Have Done At The Beginning Of The Story The Novel Was Serialised On Television In

Herbert Ernest Bates, CBE is widely recognised as one of the finest short story writers of his generation, with than 20 story collections published in his lifetime It should not be overlooked, however, that he also wrote some outstanding novels, starting with The Two Sisters through to A Moment in Time, with such works as Love For Lydia, Fair Stood the Wind for France and The Scarlet Sword e

[Epub] ➡ Love for Lydia ➢ H.E. Bates –
  • Hardcover
  • 319 pages
  • Love for Lydia
  • H.E. Bates
  • English
  • 06 July 2017
  • 9780863076954

10 thoughts on “Love for Lydia

  1. says:

    5 A glorious, slowly evolving story told by a young man about his dull, drab industrial village of leather tanneries and the changes to his life when he meets Lydia Aspen Richardson the only name we know him by and Lydia are both nineteen, innocent children by today s teen aged standards Apparently orphaned, she has been brought to live with her two elderly aunts, the aristocratic Aspen sisters, and their unsavoury brother, in their imposing house surrounded by expanses of land and avenues of trees Richardson, a reluctant newspaper reporter, is summonsed to the house by the aunts and asked to provide some companionship for their young charge They want her to meet people and not be isolated and stuffy as they are Lydia is lovely but awkward, and the two young people come to know each other, bonding over ice skating, dancing and walks She s a flirt and a tease, delighting in her growing power over him but fretting that it won t last.The narrator is a sensitive, nature loving fellow who seems out of his depth with this budding femme fatale Someone has said this is reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, and I can see why There s pain and tragedy amidst the partying.The first half of the book is about their growing attachment to each other, but as they begin to socialise with others, we meet a number of interesting characters, some of whom are rivals for Lydia s attention And the large, blonde, blue eyed Holland family, is worth waiting for Sixteen people sat down to Sunday dinner, including the newest generation already a generation of fair, chaste looking Holland was springing up, all alike, all clean and fresh as sheaves in a wheat field You were never expected to hold conversations at Busketts meals had the pleasant discordance of a disorganized and hungry choir Brown arms passed and exchanged and repassed across the table buttery masses of scones and bread and currant loaf, plates of ham and watercress and pork pie and in winter toasted crumpets and apples baked and stuffed to a sugary glitter with walnuts and figs Tarts of lemon curd and Mrs Holland s speciality, cheese curd, a tart of greenish melting softness with fat brown plums in it, were wolfed down by mouths that seemed to be laughing whenever they were not eating The writing is exquisite If I have a complaint, it s only that in this dry, grey, drab place there are also so many flowers, cultivated and wild, that Richardson feels the need to tell us about every blossom he spies They walked in the garden after tea past long stone pergolas of dripping rambler rose, hot crimson above urns of pale blue agapanthus lilies on paths of sun baked stone opulence and amplitude and calm loveliness spread with lushness everywhere about long lawns broken by cedar shade pools of intense blackness And that pretty much describes Lydia as well A contrast of colour and lushness and dark shadows The characters are wonderfully real, and the weather is almost another character itself.Through the seasons, we are moved from bitter cold where a chapel has frozen steps like a waterfall of chipped glass to extreme heat There was no rain and by August the tips of the elms on the high clay land were scorched yellow, then brown and dry Corn began to catch fire by railway tracks in bean fields you could hear the splintering crack of exploding pods, burnt black by heat H.E Bates is well known still for Darling Buds Of May and the series that followed, and I have long loved the Larkin family This is not so light hearted, and there are some dark times ahead for Richardson and his friends I am so pleased this has been reissued or I might never have discovered it Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for a copy for review.

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    He said Evensford wasn t a bad town, either, and asked me if I should miss it Stars shone over rows of grey packed roofs with crisp autumnal brilliance and I said, Yes, I suppose so, and a whole piece of my life seemed suddenly to go dead behind me and break away. H E Bates, Love for Lydia Not long after the death of H E Bates in 1974 , several of his books were adapted for television, bringing renewed interest in the work of this extremely prolific English writer One such adaptation was the 1977 Masterpiece Theatre production of Love for Lydia, starring a young Jeremy Irons, based on the author s 1952 autobiographical novel Love for Lydia is set in the 1930s, in Evensford, a middling town whose economy relies mostly on tanneries and shoe factories The book is told in the first person by Edward Richardson, who first encounters the enigmatic Lydia Aspen while working as a reporter for the town s struggling newspaper The Aspens reside in an ancestral manor, ensconced on private parkland, and guarded by stone walls With little contact with the outside world, the eccentric family has grown out of touch with the modern world, nor are they aware of their receding fortunes When he first he encounters young Lydia, she is sheltered and awkward, yet yearning to experience the outside world Their friendship begins innocently enough But it does not take long for the young pair to become lovers, carrying on in secret behind the backs of the girl s guardians But there is trouble ahead, as it eventually becomes clear that the willful Lydia has no intention of limiting herself to one lover.Bates has a reputation for being a somewhat middlebrow author Parts of the novel were a bit too melodramatic for my taste Yet Bates is a skilled writer, capable of drawing complex, memorable characters His depiction of Evensford itself, in all its drab ordinariness, is superb Richardson s youthful ardor and folly are recalled from the vantage point of middle age Yet the effect is never jarring, and subtly mirrors the book s themes of disillusionment and hard won self knowledge Despite s the popularity of the television series based the book, I was genuinely surprised at the modest number of reviews and ratings for Love for Lydia on both GoodReads and LibraryThing Yet the novel is included on a list of 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read published by the British newspaper The Guardian It is a minor classic to be sure, but one well deserving a wider readership.

  3. says:

    LOVE FOR LYDIA is the sexy, sophisticated story of the dizzy and exciting but also rather empty lifestyle of English society people during the wild Twenties decade The central character, Lydia, is a beautiful but rather shy girl at first Then she inherits a great deal of money and begins to realize that she is a very desirable catch and that men will let her get away with almost anything The one man who truly loves Lydia is Richardson, a would be writer from a rather poor and humble local family On a cold winter day, Lydia has her first kiss from him, but instead of making her fall for him it merely sparks her interest in men in general Before long Lydia is the talk of the town, dashing about in her flashy new clothes and going to hot, Twenties style dances where she is always the center of attention One by one, all the handsomest and most exciting young men in the neighborhood simply collapse at her feet rich and stylish Alec Sanderson, sweet and trusting Tom Holland, and even the tough local mechanic, mean and muscular and hairy chested Blackie Flannagan Lydia toys with all three men at once, totally enjoying both the sense of power and the pleasure Totally ignoring the pain in Richardson s eyes, she grows and reckless, until at last tragedy strikes Lydia sees herself as she truly is weak, greedy and selfish She wants to change, but by now even loyal and faithful Richardson is tired of her Is it too late for Lydia too late for love LOVE FOR LYDIA is a detailed and beautifully written romantic epic The big dance scenes are exhilarating, but the quiet scenes draw you in too Lydia changes from a shy schoolgirl to a glamorous and sexy siren.But in her quiet moments you can see her basic insecurity, like the way she lies on the bed listening to the same jazz love song over and over Night after night she dances till 2 or 3AM, and then next day is still asleep past noon There s an aimless quality to her life, and an emptiness as well It shows in the way she downs a drink before dinner or takes a quick hit from a pocketbook flask Glamorous and sexy, but you feel the human side of it the loneliness and the waste A very good British novel.

  4. says:

    You know how Fitzgerald s writing sounds like neon lights and champagne jazz Transpose that to the English countryside with pops of flowers and you have H.E Bates.Thank you to Bloomsbury and Netgalley for the review copy

  5. says:

    As winter comes to Evensford, a local newspaper reporter meets a shy heiress.

  6. says:

    After planning to read this book for decades, I finally got to it It s so beautifully told and completely put me in another place and time The young narrator Richardson expresses the pain and beauty of love, loss, and growing up in such an eloquent and moving manner This one will go down as a favorite, and is worthy of a re read I loved it.

  7. says:

    Love for Lydia, H E Bates Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre Literary Fiction, General Fiction Adult I m an avid reader, always have been and occasionally I feel pangs of conscience for not having read a classic book, one it seems everyone has read and loved.This book is one of those, I thought it was time to extend my reading, try something different Sadly its one of those that others love but leave me cold I found it long winded and dreary, and so many times I was just waiting for something, anything, to happen It seemed like every tiny aspect had to be described in minute detail.Maybe if I d liked Lydia it would have helped, but I didn t she came over as a shallow, vapid, selfish girl, one who had to be the centred of attention, the focus of all the drama, and she didn t care about others feelings, just used people for her own needs I really didn t know why the men fell in love with her I found it hard to really like any of the characters, I never really felt I understood them, didn t know them enough to care about what they went through I need to like characters or hate them I need that strong emotion, need to enjoy what happens to them and here I just felt I wasn t interested in any of them I probably liked Nancy the best, felt sorry for her, but not enough to really care ultimately about her The boys well, I just wanted to shout Open your eyes See what s really going on But there that s why its not a story for me, but is for hundreds of thousands of others One I now know why I didn t read it.great for others but clearly H.E.Bates writing isn t for me Stars Two, a miss for meARC received from Netgalley and publishers for review purposes.

  8. says:

    As winter comes to Evensford, a local newspaper reporter meets a shy heiress Stars Tim Pigott Smith and Juliet Aubrey.Broadcast on BBC Radio 7, 11 00am Monday 11th January 2010 Somewhere in my dim and distant past I must have read this as so much is familiar, including a sense of Yeah Whatev That Yeah Whatev factor is still hanging about this mediocre tale this time around too I ve ditched after Alex s drowning.

  9. says:

    This has to be one of the best books I have read in a long time, or possibly ever It is completely beautiful, showcasing the highs and lows of young people in love Bates intricate descriptions of surroundings and of inner thoughts reflect the genius of Austen herself A perfect read for the hopeless romantics, the reader will feel the pure joy as well as the pain of Edward and his experiences in growing up.

  10. says:

    What a wonderfully satisfying story I have not finished a book this quickly in a long time.Love For Lydia is a vicarious whirlwind of affairs between the unconventional and extraordinary Lydia and her growing group of village boy admirers, lived and told by our narrator and Lydia s long time lover, the patient yet afflicted young Mr Richardson Lydia needs attention, Lydia needs company and she collects men like daisies on a chain first Richardson, then Alex, then Tom and then Blackie So the adventure, set in a small English town inside a valley surrounded by countryside hills of which plenty of attention to detail is given, begins when Richardson, a junior newspaper reporter, wanders through the gates of the mysterious Aspen manor on a death knock There, he meets the curious Aspen sisters who request he take out their niece, who is coincidentally the same age as Richardson At 19, the shy Lydia blossoms into the vivacious and fickle character we come to know as she and Richardson fall in love.Their sultry romance is short lived when Lydia strays away from commitment in favour of her glitzy roaring twenties lifestyle, which she enjoys to the extreme It all soon becomes destructive and fatal as one tragedy leads to the next, setting the town again in gloom and killing whatever lively spirit was there The joyful characters of the story fade away into the scenery as the past becomes a faint memory that they think back to with melancholy Is it too late for a second chance of love between Lydia and Richardson or does the hurt from the past stain the present too much for them to move on Bates writing is a delicacy Typically I prefer sparse sentences that say a lot with a little in digestible bites that keep the story moving along at a decent pace as opposed to long and slow over articulated descriptions like those by Jane Austen but somehow, the writing in Love For Lydia paints every scene so vividly that you just couldn t do without it The imagery is a powerful part of the story, of the mood The winter that begins the story is romantic, idealistic and sparkling, contrasting the long hot summer that ensues or the winter at the end of the novel, which portrays the town as cold and vacant, resembling the mental state of Richardson and Lydia.Bates pays each and every character the full attention they deserve and when you read of them, it is easy to feel a familiarity that you ve met before an unsavoury plum awful Rollo or a flower adoring dumpling Bertie, a kind and timid blonde haired Tom and our steadfast charismatic old soul narrator, Richardson Perhaps not with Lydia, who could be described as a variant of Scarlett O Hara and Holly Golightly She is a literal femme fatale, unintentionally As a reader, you want to hate her you know you should but you can t stop being fascinated, relative to her disciples, so you end up stuck in a limbo of neither love nor hate but resented dependency Love For Lydia is poignant, nostalgic, touching, sexy and sad my type exactly Novels like this are hard to come by and I am so glad I did come by it, thanks to a lucky coincidence It is extremely underrated and deserves popularity for it is not every day I get to add a book to my all time favourites list but there it is, proud and shining a definite contender for a second read.

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