Dances with the Daffodils

Matthew Connolly

Dances with the Daffodils

Dances with the Daffodils

  • Title: Dances with the Daffodils
  • Author: Matthew Connolly
  • ISBN: 9780957574007
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Paperback

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It is spring 1802 in London and Luke Greenhead, prodigal son of a Grasmere shepherd, has squandered away half his life In despair he returns to his Lakeland birthplace in search of home and family By the shores of Ullswater he stumbles upon wild daffodils at the same time as William Wordsworth and his devoted sister and muse, Dorothy whose description of the flowers inIt is spring 1802 in London and Luke Greenhead, prodigal son of a Grasmere shepherd, has squandered away half his life In despair he returns to his Lakeland birthplace in search of home and family By the shores of Ullswater he stumbles upon wild daffodils at the same time as William Wordsworth and his devoted sister and muse, Dorothy whose description of the flowers in her journal went on to inspire I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud , one of the greatest poems ever written Luke is enchanted, not only by the daffodils but by the strange, birdlike woman in their midst When he attempts to woo Dorothy away from her overbearing brother a battle of forbidden love and tangled loyalties ensues, into which the whole of Grasmere is drawn Dances with the Daffodils is set against the turbulent background of the Napoleonic wars, the rigours of drystone walling on the fells at the height of enclosure, and the heady nature worship of Early Romantic poetry The novel embellishes the real history of the Wordsworths early years in Dove Cottage, drawing especially from Wordsworth s poetry and Dorothy s journals Beyond being a vivid and entertaining sketch on a unique time and place in English history complete with the poets, thinkers and common folk who inhabited it Dances with the Daffodils is a parable about the redemptive power of nature and remembered childhood.

Recent Comments "Dances with the Daffodils"

[DISCLAIMER: I WON A COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM ]Not much I can say about this one. The prose was heavy-handed, Dorothy was a pretty boring character, I didn't have a ton of sympathy for Luke, Sally was nuts, Jack was nuts, and the whole familial twist at the end seemed like it was thrown in there to give the book some excitement.Not recommendedA 9/3/2013:Since the author thinks my review is "disrespectful" I'll gladly elaborate on why I felt this book was a failure.As I said, the prose was very hea [...]

Nove set in The Lake DistrictI took this novel to The Lake District and read it whilst gazing out across the Fells. Matthew Connolly captures the feel of the rugged countryside in a beautifully observed manner.The story is set in the early part of the 1800s. Luke took himself away from the place of his birth in The Lake District to London at his Father’s behest, only to return a little while later, by which time both his parents had passed away. He happens upon Dorothy, living at Dove Cottage, [...]

I really liked this book, it's different to a lot of fiction out there at the moment and had a feel-good factor about it that lots of books fail to achieve. I studied Wordsworth at College and it brought back some happy memories of Dove Cottage and wandering the hills and dales reciting his poems. I liked the main character although it took me a while to get the measure of him and I enjoyed the style of writing which seems based around the Wordsworth and romantic poet era and evokes the spirit o [...]

I write this review on 15th July 2013, three months after publication and declare that my copy was given free at as a first edition signed paperback but, that fact, has in no way, influenced my review.I have stated in other reviews that I never read the advertising blurb attached, usually to the first page or so, of a book as it can influence your thinking once you become, hopefully, immersed in the novel.In this instance, not knowing what to expect from this book, I read with interest that pro [...]

Received in First Reads giveaway.Beautifully written, in the style of the classics. Full of memorable & well developed characters. Whilst beautifully written, some of the more poetic descriptions (particularly towards the beginning if the book) could have been pared back. I personally found them distracting.Dialogue was written phonetically - distorting vowels to suit local accents. This gave each of the characters a voice & helped bring them to life.From approx. chapter 23 it did get a [...]

This is a distinctive story filled with unexpected humor and woven with inspirations taken from the real history of the Wordsworth family. The colorful descriptions were vivid and revealed both the exterior rural life of the time and place, and also the interior thoughts and confusions of the characters. I cannot say I liked each character, but I loved each one of them in all their human complexity and frailty. This imaginative novel takes us through the seasons of nature and life without tidy e [...]

This is one of the best novels I have ever read. It is a tale of tragedy, romance, redemption and endurance. The characters are complex, independent, haunting and inspiring. And very very human. Connelly has a brilliant descriptive talent that brings the scenes and situations to life and the linguistic accents from the Lake District reverberate off the page. It just works on so many levels. I loved it.

A beautiful and heartwarming story in which I feel blessed to have the opportunity to have read; full of rich characters you grow to love and feel as though they are a part of you. Matthew Connolly's poetic prose allows this novel to read like classic literature, which I believe is exactly what it will be considered in due time. Really beautiful!

This is a beautifully written novel set in nineteenth century England. Populated with a set of memorable, intriguing characters, it will have you turning pages and really caring about their fate.Equally funny and moving, it is a deeply entertaining read.It's also a poignant story about love, art and devotion, well-crafted and written with flair. Comes definitely recommended.

[DISCLAIMER: I WON A COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM ]I thought the idea behind this book was wonderful, however I had a really hard time getting into this book due to the overly done prose. I realize it is supposed to be like it had been written during that time period, but I just found it rather cumbersome and it detracted from my enjoyment of the book.

I really enjoyed this book although it took me a while to get through with all the 18th Century vocabulary. If you want to be transported back in time to London 1802 when life was severe and simpler this is a good read for you.

Wonderfully atmospheric and vivid writing, full of choice detail that makes the characters and era spring to life.

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