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as i walked out one midsummer morning

by Laurie Lee is a delicate book, i hope you like it too, so innocent and then suddenly not. the loss of innocence of the 30s (i mean the era but also appropriate to the human age) transforms his walk across Spain from softly hazy to gritty, and by the epilogue the tide has completely turned and innocence is intentionally stripped. it is beautiful to imagine being able to walk through countryside from the Cotswolds to London, and then from Vigo on west coast to Almunecar in the south of Spain. this morning i reserved a little house in a little village nearby, i wonder if i will be able to see the ocean from there, bearing no resemblance to Laurie Lee’s except in its stifling august heat.

Almuñécar

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  1. ferg wrote:

    You could follow up your walks in the Alpujarras with a gentle ramble in the Cotswolds in early September – one late summer morning we could walk out. X

    Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 12:18 am | Permalink

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