• Title: The Darling Buds of May
  • Author: H.E. Bates
  • ISBN: 9780140016024
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Darling Buds of May The Darling Buds of May which came out in was the first of five Larkin novels and in it readers witness the transformation of Mr Charlton from a undernourished and timid tax clerk to Charlie
    The Darling Buds of May, which came out in 1958, was the first of five Larkin novels and in it readers witness the transformation of Mr Charlton from a undernourished and timid tax clerk to Charlie , a fully converted member of the Larkin way of life an easygoing celebration of nature, food, drink, and family In the process, the reader is introduced to the Brigadier, MThe Darling Buds of May, which came out in 1958, was the first of five Larkin novels and in it readers witness the transformation of Mr Charlton from a undernourished and timid tax clerk to Charlie , a fully converted member of the Larkin way of life an easygoing celebration of nature, food, drink, and family In the process, the reader is introduced to the Brigadier, Miss Pilchester, and Angela Snow Setting the style for the series, the book ends with a grand celebration, and the announcement of the wedding of Charlie and Mariette The novel was filmed with the title The Mating Game , and between 1991 and 1993, Yorkshire Television produced a highly successful television series called The Darling Buds of May This first book in the Larkin series was very successful, appearing first in the United States and then in Britain, where it sold 40,000 in the first two months Many critics felt that Bates deserved better than to be remembered mostly for the Larkin novels, but they were very profitable The immensely popular Larkin series of comic novels consisted of The Darling Buds of May , A Breath of French Air 1959 , When the Green Woods Laugh 1960 , Oh To Be in England 1963 , and A Little of What You Fancy 1970 Bates, speaking of how he was inspired to create the Larkins, recalled the real junkyard that he often passed near his home in Kent and he remembered seeing a family a father, mother and many children, sucking at ice creams and eating crisps in a ramshackle lorry that had been recently painted a violent electric blue He tried writing a brief tale based on the family, but soon decided that he couldn t waste such a rich gallery of characters to a short story Pop is a wonderful character who hates pomp, pretension and humbug loves his family, but doesn t hesitate to break a few rules and his and the Larkins secret is that they live as many of us would like to live if only we had the guts and nerve to flout the conventions See also the Pop Larkin Chronicles, which contains all five Larkin books.

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    1. Po ovom romanu je snimljena i sjajna serija (pre nekoliko meseci prikazivao ju je HRT) sa sjajnim Dejvidom Džejsonom (Del boj) i Ketrin Zita-Džonsovom Zdrav britanski humor Ovo je jedna od "must" knjiga (plus "must" serija)!

    2. Best read in the midst of winter to remind you that golden summers and autumns will indeed come round again. A deep warning though to have your fridge and freezer fully stocked as you will get hungry and find yourself peckish for roast goose and 5 types of potatoes. Having some bottles of your favourite snifter is also advised. Heart warming without being mawkish, Bates will remind you of the simple but wonderful pleasure of walking through the English countryside.

    3. Ma and Pop Larkin and their five children – Mariette, Montgomery, Zinnia, Petunia and Primrose are returning home from a lovely outing to get fish and chips and some ice cream. When they arrive home, eldest Mariette notices a strange man in the yard, looking like he’s been waiting for them.That man is Cedric Charlton and he’s from the tax office. It seems that Pop Larkin hasn’t lodged his tax form and Cedric (soon nicknamed ‘Charley’ by the family) is here to sort it out, get the for [...]

    4. I don't remember why I put this book on hold and was a little confused when I picked it up from the library. Sometimes I read a book description and think I will take a chance with a book outside my typical Mormon or Christian romance genre. I am always hopeful that I have found a clean, fun book but unfortunately those are hard to find. This book falls into that category. I enjoyed parts and there were some hilarious situations but overall the language and intimate descriptions left me wishing [...]

    5. Yes I do have two, different editons and it's because I could not resist those wonderful covers.

    6. Frankly, it should be compulsory for every human being on the planet to read The Darling Buds of May at least once in their life time - with the good example of Ma and Pop Larkin glowing cheerfully at the back of their minds like a summer's day in Kent, no human being could possibly want to start a war, exploit others for foul gain or deliberately hurt anyone! Which is why this book gets a "perfick" rating with all the stars available in the universe.Plot: Unsuspecting Mr Cedric Charlton, inspe [...]

    7. A British sitcom - I'm glad they don't put laugh tracks in audio books. This belongs on the same shelf as P. G. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster and Jeeves stories, but it's rustic. If the folks from Green Acres and Petticoat Junction lived in England, the Larkins would be their neighbors. The ladies are certainly more lascivious, in an upbeat way, than I usually encounter. The story is a bit risque, in an innocent sort of way. Fun and jocularity.

    8. I picked this up because I thought it would make a nice cosy bedtime read. Well it does, a bit. At first it reminded me strongly of Frank Capra's BW film, "You Can't Take It With You". The Larkins live what appears at first to be a hand-to-mouth existence on a ramshackle farm, though Pop Larkin is never seen to do any actual farmwork like feeding the animals, milking or mucking out. But then he does have five kids, all of whom are expected to pull their weight. In spite of having an extensive pr [...]

    9. Oh, wow. What a jewel. I don't know how to describe this book - it's a small, perfectly round pastry - a profiterole if you will - of a book. It's delicious, it's filled with gooey laughter and it's small and sharp. At its heart, it's a comedy featuring an eccentric family and it's round and warm and gorgeous and bathing in the sun. I wish I knew more people like the characters depicted in the book. The kind that take you in without thinking, feed you more than your stomach can handle, insist yo [...]

    10. نزهــة خلوية خفيفة الظـل!! وإن كانت النسخة المصرية التي اقتبسها عاصم توفيق عن الرواية تفوقها برائة وهدوء أعصابخرج ولم يعــد أفضل بكثير من "زهور الربيع" تلك* * * * *لكن يا ترى كاثرين زيتا جونز في المسلسل الإنجليزي المُقتَبَس عن الرواية أحلى، وللا "خوخة" ليلى علوي؟!لنشاهد المسلسل [...]

    11. Published in 1958 and the first in a series of books, I couldn't get into this book at all. It's supposed to be funny, about an absurd, shady, alcoholic family living in the country, spending most of their time having copious amounts of food, sex, and drink. I found it both trite and crass and couldn't like any of the characters. As one reviewer said, this is a comedy without manners. Maybe it's the time period. I don't know. I'm no prude, but I find Brit comedy of that era to be tiresomely juve [...]

    12. Stopped reading three chapters in, because the characters were so unappealing that I was getting terribly depressed. The book was written in the 50s and centers upon a family that is poor and rural, and enjoys one another's company, good food, flashy possessions, and the beauty of nature. That is all fine, but they are also constantly eating, buying things they can't afford, refusing to pay taxes, and spiteful about neighbors. The main question of the book is whether the pregnant 17 year old dau [...]

    13. This is not the sort of book that would normally appeal to me. Pop Larkin is the sort of character that in less talented hands would be the most annoying loafer – a shyster, a lay about and horny old salt. And yet, that’s not exactly true. He’s an opportunist, an instigator and a bit of a manipulator – but he isn’t lazy – he may be constantly working some angle, but he’s constantly working. He’s a contradiction. I don’t know that I’d like to know him in real life. However, I [...]

    14. This book put me in a great mood. It's just fun. It's without drama, without being boring. It'd be perfect to read after a more serious, depressing book - it lifts the mood really quickly!

    15. Apparently I was around eleven when The Darling Buds of May aired on ITV. I'm not sure if I should be surprised that the young Catherine Zeta Jones could have had such a powerful effect on me at that age but, regardless, my other overpowering impression of it, looking back, is one of a nostalgic yearning for an England that never was. I suspect most people saw the series in that way but it does H.E. Bates a distinct disservice.Written and published almost exactly ten years after Nineteen Eighty- [...]

    16. H.E.Bates,essentially a lover of the countryside, was born in Rushden, Northamptonshire in 1905 and enjoyed walking around the countryside, often the inspiration for many of his stories. He was discovered by Edward Garnett, reader for Jonathan Cape, who encouraged him and other up and coming writers of the period, to make the most of his budding talents, resulting in his first book being published at the age of 20. When the war broke out, he was the first writer to be commissioned by the Air Min [...]

    17. I watched the BBC TV series of 'The Darling Buds Of May', long before I read the book, but I was captivated by the characters and the Actors & Actresses who brought them to life, and now having read the book I can truly say the casting was right on target. As the story unfolded I was able to picture the Actors particularly David Jason as Pop Larkin, as he gave a 'perfick' performance as a man who life to the full, and his consumption of the good things in life knew no boundaries. Then of cou [...]

    18. Set in 1958 Great Britain, this comic novel portrays a family that defies all of the conventions. Pa Larkin, a junk dealer, does not pay his taxes while Ma eats everything in sight and grows bigger all the time. Neither seem to be concerned that their oldest daughter may be pregnant. Sort of proto-hippies, they don't seem to lack for money to purchase the prodigious amounts of food and drink they and their family consume. To top it off, when the tax office representative shows up at their house, [...]

    19. Seen the TV adaptation loads of times and reading this book is gorgeously escapist, just like the programme. Makes you realise what a good adaptation it was, perfectly cast. There's so much here I'm definitely going to visit this book regularly.The observations about civilization, British culture and government are so well drawn. The feeling that the reader and the author are more like Charley than Pop is so powerful. This book is like a warm bath. Why wouldn't you want to get in? Why would you [...]

    20. I'm sorry, all you Pop Larkin fans: I really wanted to like this book, but it left me feeling empty. Harmless, cheerful, situation comedy type fluff! Well written nevertheless (hence the 2 stars). I definitely won't be reading any other books in the series. Perhaps I should watch the TV series instead.

    21. This was great fun! A truly delicious little novel filled with strawberry plucking, ice creams, picnics and absurd love affairs. It felt like the perfect summery read.(However, I do think I've had enough of the Larkins for now. Even absurdities have their limit.)

    22. What an utter delight this books was. Pop is a genius at finding ways to avoid paying tax, completely ignoring the fact that there is such a thing as income is working brilliantly for him so far. All the while lavishing his family in all that money and bartering can buy.

    23. A very odd book, full of 1950s english countryside charm, and some pretty radical class-warfare stuff. Lovely but better to not think too much about it or it would spoil the charm.

    24. Obviously PerfickWonderful, totally non-PC escapism. Can't wait to read more of the series. Wouldn't it be great to be able to share that world, just for a moment?

    25. Fifty-six years ago I saw a Debbie Reynolds/Tony Randall movie called The Mating Game. In the credits were “based on The Darling Buds of May by H.E. Bates.) Each time I saw the film over the years—probably ten or more times—I told myself, “You really should read that book.” And so it goes. The last time I watched the movie, I was propelled to order the novel. And now I present my opinion of it. Bates’s main characters are the same four from the movie, almost identical in personalitie [...]

    26. "Standing in the evening sunlight, gazing across the pile of junk, the nettles, the rusting hovels, and the scratching, dusty hens, Pop sighed loudly and with such content that the sound seemed to travel with perfect definition across the surrounding fields of buttercups and may, gathering its echo at last from the mingled sounds of the remaining geese, the voices of cuckoos calling as they flew across the meadows and the small, passionate, invisible nightingales.'Perfick,' Pop said. 'You couldn [...]

    27. The Darling Buds of May by H E Bates.In this publication 158 pages across 9 well spaced out, easy to read chapters.I picked up this book at the Cheddar Car Boot as the stall holder was packing up, it was pretty much abandoned, and was wet with several footprints on it. Rescuing it, after being given it for free, I brought it home and dried it out on the radiator.Amazing the pleasure I got from the print on the pages. Wonderful, witty, to sum up ‘Perfick’.Unable to put down. Bates is the mast [...]

    28. I waited a bit before I rated this book. I had to digest what I read.I'm still not sure of what I read. I mean, it was not what I was expecting. I liked it but it surprised me, probably because I had -in my mind- expected it to be in the same vein of All Creatures Great and Small.I vaguely remember watching the TV show and what I saw was in effect darling, and the book, well, it's not.

    29. The humor is way too broad for my taste. The characters are unappealing to put it mildly, except possibly Charlie, the government bureaucrat who stumbles across this cheesy family. As one of the minor characters incessantly comments: "Ghastly"

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