Love for Lydia

Love for Lydia[BOOKS] ✯ Love for Lydia By H.E. Bates – Oaklandjobs.co.uk 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 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 Love for Kindle - 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. 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 o 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 socialisewith 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 pastlong 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 blacknessAnd 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 hasfrozen steps like a waterfall of chipped glassto extreme heatThere 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 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 w 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 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 f 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 growsandreckless, 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 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 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 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 deservespopularity 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 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here As winter comes to Evensford, a local newspaper reporter meets a shy heiress As winter comes to Evensford, a local newspaper reporter meets a shy heiress 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. 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. HE Bates wrote before, during, and after World War II Many readers came to his work after seeing a televised version of it on Masterpiece Theater It was different for me I am fond of excellent fiction, military history, and short stories, and when I cruised Net Galley and found The Flying Officer X and Other Stories, I took a chance and scored a copy Once I had read those, I knew I would want to readof his work when I could So although I came to this outstanding novel in a different w HE Bates wrote before, during, and after World War II Many readers came to his work after seeing a televised version of it on Masterpiece Theater It was different for me I am fond of excellent fiction, military history, and short stories, and when I cruised Net Galley and found The Flying Officer X and Other Stories, I took a chance and scored a copy Once I had read those, I knew I would want to readof his work when I could So although I came to this outstanding novel in a different way than most readers, I have to tell you that I loved it every bit as much as they did Thank you Net Galley and Bloomsbury Reader for the complimentary DRC I read multiple books at a time, and I feel a bit sorry for others I read at the same time I read this, because almost everything else looks shabby next to Bates s work Those that enjoy great literary fiction, romance, and historical fiction which this technically isn t, since it was written during that time rather than later, but the feeling it generates is similar should get a copy Once the reader opens it, she is destined to be lost to all other purposes until the last page is turned.This spellbinding story will be released digitally Thursday, May 12, 2016.The setting is a small town in Britain, a town with a tannery and small farms One great house surrounded by beautiful gardens stands aloof from the rest it houses two elderly single women and their alcoholic brother.Then Lydia, their niece, comes to live with them.Lydia s arrival is cloaked in mystery She doesn t talk about her mother The aunts encourage the belief that Lydia is an orphan, but we later learn that isn t really true And at first Lydia, who has been cocooned so carefully that she has no social graces nor any real wardrobe, futzing around in clothing that looks suspiciously like that of her elderly aunts, really needs a trustworthy young mentor close to her own age After having eyed the local population, the aunts send for the protagonist, young Mr Richards, whose family fortunes have slid to terrible places Once the proud owners of considerable farmland, the Richards family is now cramped in a noisy flat that shares a wall and the attendant noises and smells with the tannery Perhaps the thing the aunts like most about young Richards is his great fondness for flowers, an unusual trait in a young man at the party animal age He endears himself to the aunt that gives her attention to the landscaping, commenting on the traits of flowers and making suggestions that create an instant bond between young man and old lady, but Richards is unprepared for what awaits him.The aunts want him to meet Lydia, and they wonder whether he might take her skating on the lake He agrees to do so Lydia has never skated and starts out as if she were a colt trying to navigate a frozen surface, all arms and legs floundering, falling So he is unprepared for the grace and dignity that soon possess her They fall in love, and young love proves to be the school of hard knocks for our young man, as it is for so many.None of this brief outline can provide Bates s magical facility with words This blog has reviewed hundreds of books all read and reviewed by me and this is one that stands out and that has stood the test of time Bates transports us to a place we have never been and makes us feel we know it, and its inhabitants, intimately He also lights on issues like social class and the way those with lifelong privilege might treat those without But this is not a social justice campaign, it s a brilliant work of fiction that sizzles in places and scorches in others Character development is spectacularly done I have had my nose in half a dozen books since I finished reading this one, yet I still think of Blackie, of Tom, of Nancy, of Alex, and oh of course, of Lydia The ending is bittersweet yet strangely satisfying.The vocabulary level that makes for such tremendous depth of character and setting also requires a strong facility for the English language on the part of the reader Although there are no explicit sex scenes, I don t recommend handing this novel to your love struck sixteen year old as summer reading unless he or she reads at the college level.I dare you to find aengaging love story than this one Lydia arrived an awkward girl, bloomed into an attractive woman, discovered men liked her, and gaily left a wake of bodies in her path When she saw what she had accomplished she tried to burn herself out in a two year binge of dancing and drink and ended up desperately lonely and guilty in a sanitarium Some might believe Lydia was a tease and vixen, partying her way into destruction Others may feel she was a girl child who, when released from the cotton wool prison of her girlhood, mishandl Lydia arrived an awkward girl, bloomed into an attractive woman, discovered men liked her, and gaily left a wake of bodies in her path When she saw what she had accomplished she tried to burn herself out in a two year binge of dancing and drink and ended up desperately lonely and guilty in a sanitarium Some might believe Lydia was a tease and vixen, partying her way into destruction Others may feel she was a girl child who, when released from the cotton wool prison of her girlhood, mishandles her sudden sexual power over men Or is she the genetic product of her profligate parents, an alcoholic mother paid off to keep away and the distant, womanizing father who proscribed her sheltered girlhood Love for Lydia by H.E Bates is an autobiographical homage to his home town, with the narrator Richardson sharing Bates early jobs and family It is the story of young people growing up, the thrill and torment of first love, the end of a way of life, and class stricture It is the story of what happens when four young men fall for Lydia and how she handles their adulation It is the story of learning what love really means It is a love story to England s pastoral beauty.The novel begins in 1929 when Richardson is nineteen and a reporter for the town paper Richardson is sent to the Aspen manor to learn about the eldest Aspen brother s demise The deceased s elderly spinster sisters introduce Richardson to his heir and daughter, Lydia The aunts suggest he take her skating, show her some fun, for they don t want her growing up in isolation Ill dressed and stick thin with candlestick curls, Lydia is having fun with peers for the first time It is a magical time.Richardson discovers that Lydia is game for anything, pushing him past his comfort zone And into regular clandestine meetings where she enjoys his physical attention As Lydia fills out her aunt s hand me down dresses Richardson falls in love, and Lydia claims to love him too Oh Darling don t stop loving me she said Don t ever stop loving me Even if I m bad to you would you will you always Yes, I said.The aunts press the young people to attend dances and Lydia s social network expands Richardson s best friend, Alex, local yeoman s son Tom, and chauffeur Blackie all fall under Lydia s charm and vie for her love Lydia is excitable and impulsive, following her instincts thoughtlessly In the battle for Lydia s attention hearts are broken and even a death occurs.The descriptions of the landscape are beautifully written Richardson seeks out nature as a respite and for its restorative effects The town is a center of shoe manufacturing, an unattractive and crowded place Richardson is very aware that the loveliness of the land has been infringed upon by mankind In 1977 I watched and enjoyed the Masterpiece Theater s series Love for Lydia but had not read the book until now I am so glad I did I will look to readby Mr Bates in the future.I received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review

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    Love for Lydia ePUB ´ Love for Kindle - 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. 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 o 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 socialisewith 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 pastlong 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 blacknessAnd 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 hasfrozen steps like a waterfall of chipped glassto extreme heatThere 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 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 w 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 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 f 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 growsandreckless, 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 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 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 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 deservespopularity 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 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here As winter comes to Evensford, a local newspaper reporter meets a shy heiress As winter comes to Evensford, a local newspaper reporter meets a shy heiress 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. 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. HE Bates wrote before, during, and after World War II Many readers came to his work after seeing a televised version of it on Masterpiece Theater It was different for me I am fond of excellent fiction, military history, and short stories, and when I cruised Net Galley and found The Flying Officer X and Other Stories, I took a chance and scored a copy Once I had read those, I knew I would want to readof his work when I could So although I came to this outstanding novel in a different w HE Bates wrote before, during, and after World War II Many readers came to his work after seeing a televised version of it on Masterpiece Theater It was different for me I am fond of excellent fiction, military history, and short stories, and when I cruised Net Galley and found The Flying Officer X and Other Stories, I took a chance and scored a copy Once I had read those, I knew I would want to readof his work when I could So although I came to this outstanding novel in a different way than most readers, I have to tell you that I loved it every bit as much as they did Thank you Net Galley and Bloomsbury Reader for the complimentary DRC I read multiple books at a time, and I feel a bit sorry for others I read at the same time I read this, because almost everything else looks shabby next to Bates s work Those that enjoy great literary fiction, romance, and historical fiction which this technically isn t, since it was written during that time rather than later, but the feeling it generates is similar should get a copy Once the reader opens it, she is destined to be lost to all other purposes until the last page is turned.This spellbinding story will be released digitally Thursday, May 12, 2016.The setting is a small town in Britain, a town with a tannery and small farms One great house surrounded by beautiful gardens stands aloof from the rest it houses two elderly single women and their alcoholic brother.Then Lydia, their niece, comes to live with them.Lydia s arrival is cloaked in mystery She doesn t talk about her mother The aunts encourage the belief that Lydia is an orphan, but we later learn that isn t really true And at first Lydia, who has been cocooned so carefully that she has no social graces nor any real wardrobe, futzing around in clothing that looks suspiciously like that of her elderly aunts, really needs a trustworthy young mentor close to her own age After having eyed the local population, the aunts send for the protagonist, young Mr Richards, whose family fortunes have slid to terrible places Once the proud owners of considerable farmland, the Richards family is now cramped in a noisy flat that shares a wall and the attendant noises and smells with the tannery Perhaps the thing the aunts like most about young Richards is his great fondness for flowers, an unusual trait in a young man at the party animal age He endears himself to the aunt that gives her attention to the landscaping, commenting on the traits of flowers and making suggestions that create an instant bond between young man and old lady, but Richards is unprepared for what awaits him.The aunts want him to meet Lydia, and they wonder whether he might take her skating on the lake He agrees to do so Lydia has never skated and starts out as if she were a colt trying to navigate a frozen surface, all arms and legs floundering, falling So he is unprepared for the grace and dignity that soon possess her They fall in love, and young love proves to be the school of hard knocks for our young man, as it is for so many.None of this brief outline can provide Bates s magical facility with words This blog has reviewed hundreds of books all read and reviewed by me and this is one that stands out and that has stood the test of time Bates transports us to a place we have never been and makes us feel we know it, and its inhabitants, intimately He also lights on issues like social class and the way those with lifelong privilege might treat those without But this is not a social justice campaign, it s a brilliant work of fiction that sizzles in places and scorches in others Character development is spectacularly done I have had my nose in half a dozen books since I finished reading this one, yet I still think of Blackie, of Tom, of Nancy, of Alex, and oh of course, of Lydia The ending is bittersweet yet strangely satisfying.The vocabulary level that makes for such tremendous depth of character and setting also requires a strong facility for the English language on the part of the reader Although there are no explicit sex scenes, I don t recommend handing this novel to your love struck sixteen year old as summer reading unless he or she reads at the college level.I dare you to find aengaging love story than this one Lydia arrived an awkward girl, bloomed into an attractive woman, discovered men liked her, and gaily left a wake of bodies in her path When she saw what she had accomplished she tried to burn herself out in a two year binge of dancing and drink and ended up desperately lonely and guilty in a sanitarium Some might believe Lydia was a tease and vixen, partying her way into destruction Others may feel she was a girl child who, when released from the cotton wool prison of her girlhood, mishandl Lydia arrived an awkward girl, bloomed into an attractive woman, discovered men liked her, and gaily left a wake of bodies in her path When she saw what she had accomplished she tried to burn herself out in a two year binge of dancing and drink and ended up desperately lonely and guilty in a sanitarium Some might believe Lydia was a tease and vixen, partying her way into destruction Others may feel she was a girl child who, when released from the cotton wool prison of her girlhood, mishandles her sudden sexual power over men Or is she the genetic product of her profligate parents, an alcoholic mother paid off to keep away and the distant, womanizing father who proscribed her sheltered girlhood Love for Lydia by H.E Bates is an autobiographical homage to his home town, with the narrator Richardson sharing Bates early jobs and family It is the story of young people growing up, the thrill and torment of first love, the end of a way of life, and class stricture It is the story of what happens when four young men fall for Lydia and how she handles their adulation It is the story of learning what love really means It is a love story to England s pastoral beauty.The novel begins in 1929 when Richardson is nineteen and a reporter for the town paper Richardson is sent to the Aspen manor to learn about the eldest Aspen brother s demise The deceased s elderly spinster sisters introduce Richardson to his heir and daughter, Lydia The aunts suggest he take her skating, show her some fun, for they don t want her growing up in isolation Ill dressed and stick thin with candlestick curls, Lydia is having fun with peers for the first time It is a magical time.Richardson discovers that Lydia is game for anything, pushing him past his comfort zone And into regular clandestine meetings where she enjoys his physical attention As Lydia fills out her aunt s hand me down dresses Richardson falls in love, and Lydia claims to love him too Oh Darling don t stop loving me she said Don t ever stop loving me Even if I m bad to you would you will you always Yes, I said.The aunts press the young people to attend dances and Lydia s social network expands Richardson s best friend, Alex, local yeoman s son Tom, and chauffeur Blackie all fall under Lydia s charm and vie for her love Lydia is excitable and impulsive, following her instincts thoughtlessly In the battle for Lydia s attention hearts are broken and even a death occurs.The descriptions of the landscape are beautifully written Richardson seeks out nature as a respite and for its restorative effects The town is a center of shoe manufacturing, an unattractive and crowded place Richardson is very aware that the loveliness of the land has been infringed upon by mankind In 1977 I watched and enjoyed the Masterpiece Theater s series Love for Lydia but had not read the book until now I am so glad I did I will look to readby Mr Bates in the future.I received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 319 pages
  • Love for Lydia
  • H.E. Bates
  • English
  • 24 January 2018
  • 0863076955