Smoke in the Lanes: Happiness and Hardship on the Road with the Gypsies in the 1950s

Smoke in the Lanes Happiness and Hardship on the Road with the Gypsies in the s In the s the Romani people lived on the brink of great change In their bright wooden wagons they journeyed between horse fairs and traditional stopping places stoic humorous and wild often pover

  • Title: Smoke in the Lanes: Happiness and Hardship on the Road with the Gypsies in the 1950s
  • Author: Dominic Reeve
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In the 1950s the Romani people lived on the brink of great change In their bright wooden wagons they journeyed between horse fairs and traditional stopping places stoic, humorous and wild, often poverty stricken but protective of their freedom on the fringes of a society that was soon to close around them Dominic Reeve describes his life among the Gypsies the feudsIn the 1950s the Romani people lived on the brink of great change In their bright wooden wagons they journeyed between horse fairs and traditional stopping places stoic, humorous and wild, often poverty stricken but protective of their freedom on the fringes of a society that was soon to close around them Dominic Reeve describes his life among the Gypsies the feuds and fairs, the joyful muddy squalor of an outdoor existence He evokes an unforgettable cast of fireside characters bold children, fierce matriarchs and dandyish villains in snap brimmed hats and tells of sharp deals done and rings run round country policemen, of love affairs, dances and open air feasting Smoke in the Lanes is the vivid, memorable record of a disappeared world.

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    1. This was an interesting, and mostly well-written, book which shed some fascinating light on a. the traditional life of a marginalised people and b. aspects of my heritage. I've marked it as 3 stars only because, for context, I would have liked to have some account of how Reeve met his gaujo wife Beshlie, and how they decided to return to the traditional Romani way of living. Further, timescales could get confusing, since Reeve does not make it clear - when describing his and Beshlie's love of an [...]

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