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Kilvert's Diary 1870-1879: Selections from the Diary of the Rev. Francis Kilvert The Reverend Francis Kilvert Kept A Diary From January 1870 For Nine Years Until His Premature Death.He 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 Survived.This Is A Selection Edited And Introduced By William Plomer.


10 thoughts on “Kilvert's Diary 1870-1879: Selections from the Diary of the Rev. Francis Kilvert

  1. says:

    You know that weird, poignant vibe you get from old photos all those smiling people, so interesting and life like, and all so dead, dead, dead That s the feeling Kilvert s Diary gives me a kind of na ve melancholy To think that these colourful personalities, these vivid moments, are simply gone And then to reflect that we re going too, and just as fast Hate to bring you down, kids, but there it is.Maybe I m projecting my morbid anxieties onto the book, but I don t think so I think this sense of the heartbreaking ephemerality of things is woven into the text by Kilvert himself But that s one reason people keep diaries, isn t it To salvage a few odds and ends before it all goes under It may not add up to much, it may not make a damn bit of sense, but it happened and it was real and if we don t hold on to it, who will All of which is very human and touching, until you remember that the average person s diary is a vain, tedious little chronicle unless you happen to be sleeping with that person, in which case it s bound to be shattering, so just don t Personally, I can hardly bear to look at my old diaries now, and when I do, the former self I meet there isn t the sort of guy I d want to chill out and play X box with usually he s the sort of guy I d want to knee in the groin So what makes Kilvert different Well, unlike so many of us today for whom blog and journal are verbs, Kilvert just wasn t that i...


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    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 Ru...


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  4. says:

    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 ...


  5. says:

    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 ...


  6. says:

    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 inconsequ...


  7. says:

    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 ...


  8. says:

    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.


  9. says:

    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


  10. says:

    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..


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