A Field Full of Butterflies: Memories of a Romany Childhood

A Field Full of Butterflies: Memories of a Romany ChildhoodRosemary Penfold Was Born In In A Traditional Gypsy Wagon, And Grew Up In The Fields Of The English Countryside In This Beautiful And Evocative Memoir, She Recounts Her Life Within A Loving Extended Family And Small But Close Knit CommunityFrom Early Memories Of Her Father Bringing Home Oranges During The War, To The Simple Beauty Of A Field Full Of Butterflies On A Hot Summer S Day, Rosemary S Stunningly Elegant Narrative Captures The Love And Losses, Hopes And Struggles, Traditions And Prejudices That Bound Her To Her Family And Helped Her Adapt To A Fast Changing World Rosemary S Story Is A Moving Testament To A Forgotten World And A Rapidly Disappearing Way Of Life What a sweet book Rosemary was born in a Gypsy wagon in 1938, and experienced a wondrous childhood the kind that is so very rare these days She takes you through her childhood the close knit loving family, the fun times, the tragic events, the discrimination leveled at them, her childish games and pranks she could be a handful lol , and so much .In the preface she says, These are my memories and mine alone So, if it seems she makes less of the rough times, and emphasises t What a sweet book Rosemary was born in a Gypsy wagon in 1938, and experienced a wondrous childhood the kind that is so very rare these days She takes you through her childhood the close knit loving family, the fun times, the tragic events, the discrimination leveled at them, her childish games and pranks she could be a handful lol , and so much .In the preface she says, These are my memories and mine alone So, if it seems she makes less of the rough times, and emphasises the good times, then that is probably how it felt to her growing up I, for one, appreciate how deeply she enjoyed her childhood, and I m glad she shared it with me.4 Stars Outstanding It definitely held my interest A biographical account of a Gypsy Romany family growing up during and after WW2 This reads as if written by a child It is definitely in need of a good edit as there was a lot of repetition, even whole sentences were repeated within a few paragraphs of each other A lot of the detail also seemed just to be fleshing out the narrative rather than adding anything interesting I lost track of all of the names characters as they all blended together.I gave up on this book as it just didn t keep my i A biographical account of a Gypsy Romany family growing up during and after WW2 This reads as if written by a child It is definitely in need of a good edit as there was a lot of repetition, even whole sentences were repeated within a few paragraphs of each other A lot of the detail also seemed just to be fleshing out the narrative rather than adding anything interesting I lost track of all of the names characters as they all blended together.I gave up on this book as it just didn t keep my interest It might appeal to someone carrying out research on this people group Read Fires in the Dark instead Now I have been told this is good, so I don t know Read Fires in the Dark instead Now I have been told this is good, so I don t know Nostalgic memoir of growing up as a gypsy that was enjoyable in parts but didn t hold my interest the whole way through Charming memoirs of a childhood in the English countryside Not so much an expose of the Gypsy life as it is a remembrance of a life well lived with a focus on what s important Much of the Gypsy aspects of the story are merely ancillary or background to it rather than a focus And many of the stories don t sound all too dissimilar to stories of my own family growing up in depression era coal country of Pennsylvania A book NOT to be looked at as a source for a deeper understanding of Gypsy beli Charming memoirs of a childhood in the English countryside Not so much an expose of the Gypsy life as it is a remembrance of a life well lived with a focus on what s important Much of the Gypsy aspects of the story are merely ancillary or background to it rather than a focus And many of the stories don t sound all too dissimilar to stories of my own family growing up in depression era coal country of Pennsylvania A book NOT to be looked at as a source for a deeper understanding of Gypsy beliefs and practices as it is a look at the things that we all share in common as humans, whether Gypsy or gadje I never really connected with any of the characters and felt it over romanticized their lives I gave it three stars because I did like the scenes where they went to school and were first exposed to mainstream culture It s worth a library read, but probably not worth purchasing I preferred the novel Fires in the Dark I never really connected with any of the characters and felt it over romanticized their lives I gave it three stars because I did like the scenes where they went to school and were first exposed to mainstream culture It s worth a library read, but probably not worth purchasing I preferred the novel Fires in the Dark Informative and interesting, unfortunately neither the author s voice nor the structure of the book captivate. A really lovely story about Romany gypsies and the prejudices they have had to overcome through out their lives. I m not a fan of memoirs biographies but the thought of a Romany childhood intrigued me as there s something a touch romantic about a gypsy caravan meandering down country lanes though thats a very idealised notion I know but there s none of that here While it s a nostalgic tale of a lost world, to some extent it could be any pre war childhood in which money is scarce children had to make their own amusements ah the days before X boxes, wiis or whatever the current fad is, when chil I m not a fan of memoirs biographies but the thought of a Romany childhood intrigued me as there s something a touch romantic about a gypsy caravan meandering down country lanes though thats a very idealised notion I know but there s none of that here While it s a nostalgic tale of a lost world, to some extent it could be any pre war childhood in which money is scarce children had to make their own amusements ah the days before X boxes, wiis or whatever the current fad is, when children shock, horror actually played OUTSIDE My main disappointment in the story was the family s caravans were based on a site so no romantic meanderings here I admit to having had some stereotypical ideas of Romanys before reading this eg homes being scrupulously clean, closeness camaraderie of the families, those ideas are reinforced It s a pleasant tale, the bulk of which features the authors young years Rosemary s teenage years were in a few rushed chapters at the end personally I d have been happy if these had been skipped the tale just concentrated on her pre teen years Overall, it s a nice, quite interesting read, one which I think older readers would find a lot to identify with What has stayed with me, however, is the treatment of the children at school shocking Some of the teachers were nothing but bullies This was a worthwhile project, but very badly written The writing was poorly structured, full of needless precious comments and at times repetitive.Nevertheless what came through for me was a beautiful pride in family and identity, a discussion of how harmful and unfair bullying is and an overwhelming optimistic tendency to look to the kindness and wisdom in some people The take home message was that it always matters how you treat people The book looked at things like poverty, dignity, aut This was a worthwhile project, but very badly written The writing was poorly structured, full of needless precious comments and at times repetitive.Nevertheless what came through for me was a beautiful pride in family and identity, a discussion of how harmful and unfair bullying is and an overwhelming optimistic tendency to look to the kindness and wisdom in some people The take home message was that it always matters how you treat people The book looked at things like poverty, dignity, autonomy and asked some hard questions about the point of education when it is merely control and not liberation I did not get the impression Rose would necessarily have been worse off if she didn t go to school although she began to excel when there was a better principal in charge.It seems to me that the motivation for this memoir was love, and that part of it is worthwhile This is a very different view of a Gypsy lifestyle than the one I recently read in Stef Penney s book, but this seems to havecredibility even if I can sense that aspects of the life have been idealised, and maybe gendered problems have been papered over

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  • Paperback
  • 291 pages
  • A Field Full of Butterflies: Memories of a Romany Childhood
  • Rosemary Penfold
  • English
  • 02 September 2019
  • 1409120953