The Reverend Francis Kilvert Kept A Diary From January For Nine Years Until His Premature DeathHe Has Bequeathed To Us A Unique Day By Day Documentary Of Life As A Village Clergyman Only A Small Fraction Of What He Recorded Has SurvivedThis Is A Selection Edited And Introduced By William Plomer This is an outstanding, and often hilarious, account of adventures in Victorian Life Francis Kilvert is so full of foibles and so matter of factly recounts even the most gruesome scenes that the writing seems surprisingly modern I especially enjoyed his accounts of dining and drunkeness, and the carefree way people of leisure spent their free time A must for anyone interested in diaries, memoirs or Victorian life. Mentioned extensively in This book was a gift from a very dear friend who mentioned his favorite entries in the diary It was fun to come across those and get a transatlantic laugh together Kilvert is so lovely and enjoys his life to crying at the beauty of it all the pretty children he loves and the trees and fields he loves and his funny welsh parishioners who tell him such great stories It s fun to look up all the history Kilvert is living through, but the best parts come when he describes his 11 mile hikes to farms and hermits and villages. Oddly endearing Victorian clergyman s diary The nature writing is very strong, as are the descriptions of rural life and the memories of the elderly parishioners he visits, some of whom remember back into the previous century Justifiably considered a classic of diary literature, and you can t help feeling sorry for Kilvert s various ill starred love affairs and clerical ambitions. One of my father s favorite books is this set of three, which he passed to me My dad was an American clergyman who loved the countryside in which the book is set, on the Welsh border, though he spent little time there and certainly did not walk the hills as Parson K did Happily inconsequential to us now, though filled with birth, death, sickness, joys and disappointments Some lyric flights Most valuable as rural social history Kilvert was shy but gregarious. Beautiful, enlightening, brutal and sad A private and personal account of life in a remote Welsh village which somehow or another seems to reach out from this obscurity to touch and recognise our modern lives. This book was enchanting with snippits of rural life.The changing seasons, the ringing of the bells for New Year and weddings.The customs and the people.It seems that some things haven t changed.I loved it very charming I had no idea the late Victorians played such wild games of croquet up to six games taking place on one lawn at once , and also I am a bit aggrieved that archery is never offered to me as a standard party activity Kilvert is a keen observer of place in this case, mostly the Hay valley area of Wales and a great describer, and often quite amusing Here is part of the first diary entry, about a woman who had a wood owl She wanted to call the owl Eve but Mrs Bridge her sister said it should be called Ruth She and her sister stranded in London at night went to London Bridge hotel.with little money and no luggage except the owl in a basket The owl hooted all night in spite of their putting it up the chimney, before the looking glass, under the bedclothes, and in a circle of lighted candles which they hoped it would mistake for the sun.Miss Child asked the waiter to get some mice for Ruth but none could be got My only complaint is that I d have liked general narrative and character background I kept wanting to flip to the end to see how the story ended, but it never became a real story Still, very interesting, soothing reading. Fascinating insight into life in a Victorian Rural setting The Gores in the book are some of my distant relatives so this was particularly helpful in my family history research..
Robert Francis Kilvert always known as Francis, or Frank, was an English clergyman remembered for his diaries reflecting rural life in the 1870s, which were published over fifty years after his death.After his death from peritonitis, his diaries were edited and censored, possibly by his widow Later they were passed on to William Plomer who transcribed the remaining diaries and edited and publishe
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