Our Old Home


Read by Margaret Espaillat

(4.8 stars; 2 reviews)

These essays, based on Hawthorne’s stay in England from 1853 to 1857 as American Consul in Liverpool, were first published in the form of a series of travel articles for The Atlantic Monthly. In these writings, he displays his humor, his empathetic nature, his pride in his country, and sometimes his sharp judgment of others. He shares with us the difficulties of being a consul in the 1850’s, takes us on a tour with him through rural England and Scotland, shows us the splendors of London, and the horrors of the poverty that so many suffered. (Introduction by Margaret) (13 hr 10 min)

Chapters

Section 1, Consular Experiences 29:11 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 2, Consular Experiences 32:46 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 3, Consular Experiences 23:30 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 4, Leamington Spa 21:23 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 5, Leamington Spa 32:06 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 6, About Warwick 28:56 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 7, About Warwick 26:01 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 8, Recollections of a Gifted Woman 33:23 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 9, Recollections of a Gifted Woman 36:12 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 10, Lichfield and Uttoxeter 43:06 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 11, Pilgrimage to Old Boston 34:40 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 12, Pilgrimage to Old Boston 27:45 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 13, Near Oxford 26:38 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 14, Near Oxford 32:18 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 15, Some of the Haunts of Burns 48:32 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 16, A London Suburb 35:16 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 17, A London Suburb 36:14 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 18, Up the Thames 34:01 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 19, Up the Thames 46:24 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 20, Outside Glimpses of English Poverty 38:06 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 21, Outside Glimpses of English Poverty 38:50 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 22, Civic Banquets 23:06 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 23, Civic Banquets 23:24 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Section 24, Civic Banquets 39:00 Read by Margaret Espaillat

Reviews

A MASTERFUL OBSERVER

(4.5 stars)

This book may not be for everyone, but it is a wonderful description of English customs and English tourist attractions during the mid-nineteenrh century. Anyone can look, but few can describe so realistically as does NH. The two sections on "Outside Glmpses Of English Poverty" are so realistic as to be depressing. The reader was excellent: good pace; good, consistent volume; and clearly understandable.