My Uncle Silas

My Uncle Silas❮BOOKS❯ ✹ My Uncle Silas ✯ Author H.E. Bates – Heartforum.co.uk In his preface to My Uncle Silas , Bates says that the character of Silas and a number of the stories in this volume are firmly based on real events in the life of Joseph Betts, husband of the author In his preface to My Uncle Silas , Bates says that the character of Silas and a number of the stories in My Uncle Epub / this volume are firmly based on real events in the life of Joseph Betts, husband of the author s great aunt Mary Ann Bates characterizes Silas as the original Adam, rich and lusty and robust and a protest against the Puritanical poison in the English blood, and he adds to those who find these stories too Rabelaisian, far fetched, or robust, my reply would be that, as pictures of English country life, they are in reality understated This volume contains The Lily, The Revelation, The Wedding, Finger Wet Finger Dry, A Funny Thing, The Sow Silas, The Shooting Party, Silas the Good, A Happy Man, Silas Goliath, A Silas Idyll, The Race, The Death of Uncle Silas, The Return Published in England in October , thesetales offer sly, affectionate glimpses of the narrator s great uncle Silas a rural oldster of the earthy, boozy, incorrigible school In a voice at once dreamy, devilish, innocent, mysterious and triumphant,year old Silas recalls his youthful days of poaching and wooing In The Revelation, the narrator watches old Silas being given a bath by his surly, longtime housekeeper and realizes for the first time that their relationship is or at least Once was intensely romantic Elsewhere, Silas chortles over tall tales of his Casanova days, trying to out lie his dandyish, equally ancient brother in law Cosmo In one anecdote, Silas hides from a jealous husband in a cellar for days, eating stewed nails to keep from starving to death There are nostalgic vignettes of roof thatching, pig wrestling, and grave digging plus, in A Happy Man, a somewhat serious sketch of Silas old chum Walter, an outwardly cheerful ex soldier who eventually succumbs with traumatic memories of s Asian campaigns to madness And, inevitably, The Death of Uncle Silas arrives at the close though, even on his deathbed, Silas is sneaking snorts of wine while, in an epilogue, the narrator shows that he s inherited a wee bit of his great uncle s mischief.

Herbert Ernest Bates, CBE is widely recognised as one of the finest short story writers of his generation, withthan story collections My Uncle Epub / published in his lifetime It should not be overlooked, however, that he also wrote some outstanding novels, starting with The Two Sisters through to A Moment in Time, with such works as Love For Lydia, Fair Stood the Wind for France and The Scarlet Sword earning high praise from the critics His study of the Modern Short Story is considered one of the best ever written on the subject He was born in Rushden, Northamptonshire and was educated at Kettering Grammar School After leaving school, he was briefly a newspaper reporter and a warehouse clerk, but his heart was always in writing and his dream to be able to make a living by his penMany of his stories depict life in the rural Midlands of England, particularly his native Northamptonshire Bates was partial to taking long midnight walks around the Northamptonshire countryside and this often provided the inspiration for his stories Bates was a great lover of the countryside and its people and this is exemplified in two volumes of essays entitled Through the Woods and Down the RiverIn , he married Madge Cox, his sweetheart from the next road in his native Rushden They moved to the village of Little Chart in Kent and bought an old granary and this together with an acre of garden they converted into a home It was in this phase of his life that he found the inspiration for the Larkins series of novels The Darling Buds of May, A Breath of French Air, When the Green Woods Laugh, etc and the Uncle Silas tales Not surprisingly, these highly successful novels inspired television series that were immensely popularHis collection of stories written while serving in the RAF during World War II, best known by the title The Stories of Flying Officer X, but previously published as Something in the Air a compilation of his two wartime collections under the pseudonym Flying Officer X and titled The Greatest People in the World and How Sleep the Brave , deserve particular attention By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of Squadron LeaderBates was influenced by Chekhov in particular, and his knowledge of the history of the short story is obvious from the famous study he produced on the subject He also wrote his autobiography in three volumes each delightfully illustrated which were subsequently published in a one volume Autobiography Bates was a keen and knowledgeable gardener and wrote numerous books on flowers The Granary remained their home for the whole of their married life After the death of H E Bates, Madge moved to a bungalow, which had originally been a cow byre, next to the Granary She died in at age They raised two sons and two daughtersprimarily from Wikipedia, with additions by Keith Farnsworth.

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    Ebook ✓ My Uncle Silas PDF à My Uncle Epub / and he adds to those who find these stories too Rabelaisian, far fetched, or robust, my reply would be that, as pictures of English country life, they are in reality understated This volume contains The Lily, The Revelation, The Wedding, Finger Wet Finger Dry, A Funny Thing, The Sow Silas, The Shooting Party, Silas the Good, A Happy Man, Silas Goliath, A Silas Idyll, The Race, The Death of Uncle Silas, The Return Published in England in October , thesetales offer sly, affectionate glimpses of the narrator s great uncle Silas a rural oldster of the earthy, boozy, incorrigible school In a voice at once dreamy, devilish, innocent, mysterious and triumphant,year old Silas recalls his youthful days of poaching and wooing In The Revelation, the narrator watches old Silas being given a bath by his surly, longtime housekeeper and realizes for the first time that their relationship is or at least Once was intensely romantic Elsewhere, Silas chortles over tall tales of his Casanova days, trying to out lie his dandyish, equally ancient brother in law Cosmo In one anecdote, Silas hides from a jealous husband in a cellar for days, eating stewed nails to keep from starving to death There are nostalgic vignettes of roof thatching, pig wrestling, and grave digging plus, in A Happy Man, a somewhat serious sketch of Silas old chum Walter, an outwardly cheerful ex soldier who eventually succumbs with traumatic memories of s Asian campaigns to madness And, inevitably, The Death of Uncle Silas arrives at the close though, even on his deathbed, Silas is sneaking snorts of wine while, in an epilogue, the narrator shows that he s inherited a wee bit of his great uncle s mischief."/>
  • ebook
  • 154 pages
  • My Uncle Silas
  • H.E. Bates
  • English
  • 10 October 2019
  • 0140012656

10 thoughts on “My Uncle Silas

  1. Susanne says:

    I d love to give it 4,5 starsbut that s impossiblesohave 5.Anyway, it is a delightful collections of stories about old rascal Silas who drinks with the best of them, curses with the best of them, tricks everybody and basically tries everything to be what he is a lovable old rascal The stories are told from his great nephew s view who isor less constantly visiting Silas and is told many a tale By the way of this, the stories also paint the picture of happy rural life in England I d love to give it 4,5 starsbut that s impossiblesohave 5.Anyway, it is a delightful collections of stories about old rascal Silas who drinks with the best of them, curses with the best of them, tricks everybody and basically tries everything to be what he is a lovable old rascal The stories are told from his great nephew s view who isor less constantly visiting Silas and is told many a tale By the way of this, the stories also paint the picture of happy rural life in England.My personal favourite in this edition is the story Revelations All in all, it is a delightful and relaxing read, makes me dream of summer

  2. Tim Hicks says:

    Bates H.E Bates ah, perfick The Darling Buds of May chappie You may recall the TV series that captured an era quite well, or the book that did it even better This set of stories, published in 1939, captures a different rural life, rascally Uncle Silas But it also contains some elegant descriptive language, and an underlying story of the bond between Silas and his housekeeper It s based on a real character who lived 184x 193x What a refreshing change it is to get away from lords a Bates H.E Bates ah, perfick The Darling Buds of May chappie You may recall the TV series that captured an era quite well, or the book that did it even better This set of stories, published in 1939, captures a different rural life, rascally Uncle Silas But it also contains some elegant descriptive language, and an underlying story of the bond between Silas and his housekeeper It s based on a real character who lived 184x 193x What a refreshing change it is to get away from lords and ladies and fox hunts and footmen, or from the plodding coppers and fog of Dickensian London, and into a world where your neighbour would thatch your roof and if you wanted some wine you d get it from your own cellar, elderberry or cowslip probably I had some ancestors who would have fit right in here, so maybe I m biased

  3. Ivan says:

    Very well written bucolic tales of a simpler time Uncle Silas was a rogue, a character His antics are lovingly detailed in these stories I enjoyed reading this However, Silas is a drunk and a rascal He s crazy He s a cad His behavior isn t what we d tolerate today reading about him is one thing, I don t think I d have been able to tolerate him back then either This belongs to that special class of story that sees alcoholism as funny look at the funny man falling down, staggering a Very well written bucolic tales of a simpler time Uncle Silas was a rogue, a character His antics are lovingly detailed in these stories I enjoyed reading this However, Silas is a drunk and a rascal He s crazy He s a cad His behavior isn t what we d tolerate today reading about him is one thing, I don t think I d have been able to tolerate him back then either This belongs to that special class of story that sees alcoholism as funny look at the funny man falling down, staggering about, making off color remarks, grabbing women, fighting with men, firing his gun so funny on paper Remember the Dudley Moore film Arthur It always bothered me that people thought he was funny that his being drunk all the time was funny, that his driving around drunk was funnyit was tragic If he d have killed a few people driving around drunk it would have been a different kind of film real quick or if his sardonic butler had been cleaning up his vomit or rinsing his pissed in pants oh, yes that would be hysterical My Uncle Silas entertains but one feels bad about feeling good

  4. Robert Hepple says:

    First published in 1939, My Uncle Silas is a collection of 14 short stories about the rural reprobate of the title These very short stories were originally published individually in magazine form in approximately the 5 years preceding their inclusion in the collection The stories are well written, combining a terrific blend of humour and poignancy in the short time it takes to read them Very enjoyable.

  5. Michelle Le Grand says:

    I love these stories and the world that Uncle Silas inhabited Read this book and you will be transported back to those days in the country.

  6. Jenine says:

    My boss lent me this book and I have to say it was one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time My Uncle Silas is a funny, heart warming gem of a book Each chapter is a short story Particularly enjoyable chapters were the shooting party and the story of the lady who is unwittingly given cold whiskey tea Had me in stitches I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an enjoyable read that will keep you laughing.

  7. Cindy says:

    These stories are beautifully crafted, evocative tales about the English countryside and an old scamp, the sort of fellow we all recognize Just do not, do not watch the BBC series starring Albert Finney, which gave the stories a treacly Hallmark Channel glow of lost innocence and merry olden days.

  8. Rebecca says:

    I thought this was lovely, especially the first few stories which are immaculately told with perfect prose that I would die to be able to produce The invocation of a time gone, a quieter, slower time, is blissfully done and yet the characters are all as modern as we are, with the same desires and fears Such sublime writing.

  9. Laura says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Classic tales about the crafty old rural rogue Abridged and read by David Neal.http www.bbc.co.uk programmes b007d96j Classic tales about the crafty old rural rogue Abridged and read by David Neal.http www.bbc.co.uk programmes b007d96j

  10. Ellen says:

    I have seen the video of the series with Albert Finney, so was interested in the Uncle Silas stories They are wonderful and not exactly like the series What a great character.

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