Few authors are so renowned for their characters' speech - their accents and dialects - as R. D. Blackmore, and here the strains of performer Jonathan Keeble (War and Peace, Muddle Earth) provide a stunningly versatile canvas for Blackmore's magnum opus, Lorna Doone. As the story's protagonist, farmer John Ridd, Keeble heaps on a warm Middle English country brogue. In contrast, namesake Lorna Doone is imbued with a hushed, plaintiff urgency as she dreams of escaping the clutches of her betrothed, braggart British Lord Carver Doone, so she might marry John. Blackmore paints a pastoral landscape brimming with the magic of a bygone England: feuding families, arrogant aristocrats, and kindly country folk carry this romantic adventure, wherein the purity of love is pitted against greed and ambition.
The Doones are a clan of murdering thieves, and among their victims is John Ridd's father. The strong, noble Ridd determines to avenge his father's death, but his plans are complicated when he falls in love with one of the hated family - the beautiful Lorna. Lorna is promised against her will to another, and that other will not let her go lightly.
Set amid the political turmoils of the late 17th century, Lorna Doone brings West Country history and legends alive with wonderfully imaginative fiction. Brimming with vivid descriptions and cliff-hanging action, it is a true classic of romantic adventure.
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