A Field Full of Butterflies: Memories of a Romany Childhood

A Field Full of Butterflies Memories of a Romany Childhood Rosemary Penfold was born in in a traditional Gypsy wagon and grew up in the fields of the English countryside In this beautiful and evocative memoir she recounts her life within a loving exten

  • Title: A Field Full of Butterflies: Memories of a Romany Childhood
  • Author: Rosemary Penfold
  • ISBN: 9781409120957
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rosemary Penfold was born in 1938 in a traditional Gypsy wagon, and grew up in the fields of the English countryside In this beautiful and evocative memoir, she recounts her life within a loving extended family and small but close knit community.From early memories of her father bringing home oranges during the war, to the simple beauty of a field full of butterflies on aRosemary Penfold was born in 1938 in a traditional Gypsy wagon, and grew up in the fields of the English countryside In this beautiful and evocative memoir, she recounts her life within a loving extended family and small but close knit community.From early memories of her father bringing home oranges during the war, to the simple beauty of a field full of butterflies on a hot summer s day, Rosemary s stunningly elegant narrative captures the love and losses, hopes and struggles, traditions and prejudices that bound her to her family and helped her adapt to a fast changing world Rosemary s story is a moving testament to a forgotten world and a rapidly disappearing way of life.

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    1. A biographical account of a Gypsy/Romany family growing up during and after WW2. This reads as if written by a child. It is definitely in need of a good edit as there was a lot of repetition, even whole sentences were repeated within a few paragraphs of each other! A lot of the detail also seemed just to be fleshing out the narrative rather than adding anything interesting. I lost track of all of the names/characters as they all blended together.I gave up on this book as it just didn't keep my i [...]

    2. Nostalgic memoir of growing up as a gypsy that was enjoyable in parts but didn't hold my interest the whole way through

    3. Charming memoirs of a childhood in the English countryside. Not so much an expose of the Gypsy life as it is a remembrance of a life well lived with a focus on what's important. Much of the Gypsy aspects of the story are merely ancillary or background to it rather than a focus. And many of the stories don't sound all too dissimilar to stories of my own family growing up in depression-era coal country of Pennsylvania. A book NOT to be looked at as a source for a deeper understanding of Gypsy beli [...]

    4. Informative and interesting, unfortunately neither the author's voice nor the structure of the book captivate.

    5. I'm not a fan of memoirs & biographies but the thought of a Romany childhood intrigued me as there's something a touch romantic about a gypsy caravan meandering down country lanes - though thats a very idealised notion I know - but there's none of that here! While it's a nostalgic tale of a lost world, to some extent it could be any pre-war childhood in which money is scarce & children had to make their own amusements (ah the days before X boxes, wiis or whatever the current fad is, when [...]

    6. Rosemary's story of her childhood is at once beautiful in it's nostalgia, and heartbreaking when we have to see those we had come to love leave this world. The kindness of strangers, and the cruel misunderstandings of others are intertwined into a beautiful tale of a Romany childhood.I did want to address something in the preface of this book written by Sarah Churchill.She was explaining how the Romany life was coming to an end due to the changes in society. She asked, "where are the American in [...]

    7. I really enjoyed this book a lovely memoir.blurb reads Rosemary Penfold was born in 1938 in a traditional Gypsy wagon, and grew up in the fields of the English countryside. In this beautiful and evocative memoir, she recounts her life within a loving extended family and small but close-knit community. From early memories of her father bringing home oranges during the war, to the simple beauty of a field full of butterflies on a hot summer's day, Rosemary's stunningly elegant narrative captures t [...]

    8. This was an enchanting story of a now lost world of old Gypsy life. Full of charm and humour - a really lovely story.Back Cover Blurb:Rosemary Penfold was born in 1938 in a traditional Gypsy wagon and grew up in the fields of the English countryside. In this beautiful and evocative memoir, she recounts her life within a loving extended family and small but close-knit community.From early memories of her father bringing home oranges during the war to the simple beauty of a field full of butterfli [...]

    9. I never really connected with any of the characters and felt it over-romanticized their lives. I gave it three stars because I did like the scenes where they went to school and were first exposed to mainstream culture. It's worth a library read, but probably not worth purchasing. I preferred the novel Fires in the Dark.

    10. it was a OK read but would not usually read this type of book but gave it ago. it teaches you not to judge a person of any back ground. as a lot of people do when it come's to gypsy's. they may cheat or con as but they are still a person with feelings. very sad when it came to the gran and dad dying also the blue babies but as they say things happen for a reason and that we can't stay on earth for ever and ever.but i am glad i read it.

    11. Growing up as a gypsy in pre-World War II England was not always easy, as the author can attest. The book is a glimpse into a life of a community of "travelers" who settled in the English countryside, told from the memories of a young girl. Rosie and her cousins experienced bullies at school, while her parents, aunties and uncles got the same treatment from the "gadje," non-gypsies, in town.

    12. This is truly a charming memoir. I am very interested in reading about the Romany culture and this book definitely allowed further insights ino their lives and the way they were treated by "gadjes". Rosemary made her family and her childhood memories come alive. To me it felt like I knew the people myself. She painted a perfect field of butterflies.

    13. A beautiful, lyrical book charting the childhood of Rosie and her Romany family. The countryside is enchantingly evoked and although the story is indeed lovely, the author does not shy away from the bigotry and hardships the Romany people suffer at the hands of others. A delightful read.

    14. A lovely memoir. Maybe one criticism is that the author used her book a bit too often to have a whinge about her treatment at school, and as the book was drawing to a close, she seemed to keep adding afterthoughts & it dragged on a bit. Otherwise a really lovely look at a Romany gypsy childhood.

    15. Actually more of a 2.5 (the book needed more editing but an extra 0.5 for the subject matter).I was fascinated/horrified by the teachers. Unbelievable what behavior they got away with, how unfeeling they were, and how badly they treated the children, how prejudiced most of them were.

    16. This was an easy read lighthearted, funny the skill of the writer was like one of my grand dad's autobiography it seemed like she was telling a story, while I sat at her feetWonderfulll I recommend for any one who likes to take things easy

    17. Another book I picked up in a charity shop in Scotland. It's an autobiography of a Gypsy child who lived in England. Although it tells of some of the Gypsy traditions, it also is a more personal memoir. I'm on page 30 now.

    18. So simple and beautiful and heartwarming. This book made me want to travel back in time and live right along side the young Rosemary. Also very easy to read. Direct and not at all self conscious.

    19. Enjoyed this book a lot. It was nice to read about some other aspects of gypsy life, not just the fighting that similar books are centred around. Some nice pictures inside too.

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