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Kilvert's Diary, 1870-79: Selections from the Diary of the Rev (Country Library)


Kilvert's Diary, 1870-79: Selections from the Diary of the Rev (Country Library)

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  • PDF | 384 pages
  • Francis Kilvert(Author)
  • Penguin; New e. edition (Sept. 1984)
  • English
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  • By Tanyrallt on 13 February 2011

    This book was bought for someone else (aged 91). I don't know what they though of it but for me it tackily over-eggs the pudding. Nonetheless the supplier was very efficient and I would happily do business with them again.

  • By P. Matthews on 3 April 2011

    RF Kilvert (1840-1879) was curate at the village of Clyro near Hay on Wye, and later at Langley Burrell near Chippenham. His incomplete diaries provide an interesting record of life at that time. Kilvert wrote some poetry, which was not very successful, but he writes well, and has the skill of conjuring up vivid images and atmospheres with just a few words. Kilvert's life was privileged - a fact that he acknowledges. His leisurely job consists of taking a few services, visiting the poor, having tea with the gentry and taking long country walks.As with many diaries, it takes a while at first to get acquainted with the large cast of characters, such as the 'Old Soldier' John Morgan, in his 80's, with his stories of the Napoleonic wars, and an eccentric hermit known as 'The Solitary', but one of the diary's strengths is its portrayal of the varied and colourful characters. Another strength is the evocative descriptions of the countryside and minor details of nature such as the frost on the trees or a bumble bee crawling across the communion cloth.One aspect that is quite shocking is what the introduction naively describes as his 'susceptibility to the beauty of young women and girls'. Remarks about women are a feature of male diarists from Pepys to Alan Clark, but Kilvert's obvious and apparently unashamed fascination with little girls is in places quite disturbing. It is hardly surprising that some of the diary was destroyed by his widow after his death.This hardback edition (now out of print) includes pictures of various locations that appear in the diary.

  • By goldens on 29 December 2013

    I gave this as a present to my daughter, who was very pleased with it. I had a good read of it myself too, and thought it was beautifully presented with lovely pictures and the fact it is hard back means it can be treasured for many years to come.

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