- Title: A Pocketful of Rye
- Author: A.J. Cronin
- ISBN: 9780884115267
- Page: 249
- Format: Hardcover
The poignant sequel to A Song of Sixpence The clinic stood high on an Alpine slope Lush meadows, studded with autumn crocus, sloped steeply down Across the valley, above the pinewoods, the high peaks were already dusted with snow Like a toy railway, the line to Davos twisted and turned up along the mountain side Laurence Carroll breathed in the pure, clear air A woThe poignant sequel to A Song of Sixpence The clinic stood high on an Alpine slope Lush meadows, studded with autumn crocus, sloped steeply down Across the valley, above the pinewoods, the high peaks were already dusted with snow Like a toy railway, the line to Davos twisted and turned up along the mountain side Laurence Carroll breathed in the pure, clear air A wonderful place, a not too demanding job as resident doctor to the convalescent children flown out from England it was a million miles from his Scottish childhood, the struggles to qualify and the grinding, poverty stricken years as a young GP in the Welsh mining valleys He was relaxed Happy But, soon to arrive at Zurich, a woman he had once known well, now a widowed mother, was to bring with her all the turmoil and anguish of his early years, flooding back into his casually ordered life.
Recent Comments "A Pocketful of Rye"
Not my favorite Cronin. Following on the heels of "A Song of Sixpence", it's disappointing to see what a jerk our hero has become. That there seems to be some hope of a turnaround by the end of the novel simply isn't enough to restore him in my mind. A pity. The world deserves better than Dr. Laurence Carroll.
This is a good book anyway, but it hit home quite hard for me. The story of a man that has to come to grips with how he has lived his life, own up to what he has done, whether intentionally or not, and where to go from there. I really identified with the character, and this book was instrumental in me finally making a move to address some of the issues in my life, not the least being the search for some sort of meaning.A powerful read personally, a good book overall.
AJ Cronin is a wonderful storyteller, and a best-seller in his day (1930s thru 1960s). This particular book is "the intensely moving story of a doctor fighting to cure the sickness in his own soul."First read in 1988 - just re-read and enjoyed once more. The protagonist is essentially an anti-hero; a not-very-nice man who learns against his will to become a better person.
started last night, finished today. great pacing. i enjoyed following laurie's evolution and appreciative of the ending. i think it tied up perfectly! i think i'll search online for other books by cronin & glad this one was recommended to me.
Returning to my glory days of 12th grade, I Picked up and quickly read this sequel to AJ Cronin’s Song of Sixpence, a book included in my “author study”.Easy to read. The reader is quickly involved with the protagonist. Good story. Why did It feel so simple?
Fast read. Reader quickly becomes involved with protagonist. Feels very simple.
Continuing with my "comfort food reading" reading old favorites from many, many years ago. This is the sequel to A Song of Sixpence, and has Laurence Carroll working at a small Swiss sanitarium. From :Continuing the adventures of his "A Song of Sixpence" hero Dr Laurence Carroll, a Pocketful of Rye is a wonderful novel of intrigue,and medical drama as only A.J. Cronin can write them! 254 pages ,hard cover.
Wonderful book, the best I have read in a while. I suppose I'm old-fashioned. I love a nice ending. Other than the child's illness, it was a great ending. The main character evolved into a rather nice sort of person in the end. I loved the evolution from skeptic, to possible beleiver.
Easy readingA grown-up Cronin. Read this in two days; much like his other books but strange to see him using the occasional swear word. Also some sex which in other books is barely alluded to. Again a pity Bello manages to miss obvious spelling mistakes and the layout of some of the pages near end is abysmal. Don' they use the justify tab?
short novel; read in one evening; first A.J. Cronin novel I've read; interesting story; one concern that has bugged me is an apparent genetics error made by the author concerning blood type---won't go in to specifics because that would amount to a spoiler.
Really enjoyed this book.ory of Dr. Lawrence Carroll in a small Swiss Clinic that has a matron. It is cunning,and about conscience, and life and the struggles to continue livinghas some sadness, some love.
AJ Cronin isalways engaging. I started his books in high school.
The best thing about this book is the main character, who knows he's behaving badly and is mostly okay with it.
This was a bit dampened by the fact that I remembered who did it in the middle of the book, but still a good, quick read.
Like the Andrew Greeley of his time.
enjoyed the author's whimsical way of writing.
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