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How Green Was My Valley

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I remember my parents had a copy of it on their shelves decades ago, though I was never tempted to read it then, I might be now. It is also the story of a young and intelligent boy in the family who could compete favorably for a scholarship which would educate him and whose parents could see him out of the mines and into a professional position. Thankfully, Huw for the most part spent his time banging on about other more interesting coming-of-age stuff. I tried, I really did, but I just couldn't warm to this one, and it baffles me as to how this book is so popular.

Although as an older and more critical reader I do somewhat understand those reviewers who have found Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley perhaps not quite nitty gritty and harshly descriptive enough with regard to showing and presenting what life used to be like in the mining towns of Wales, personally, I still have to admit that rereading How Green Was My Valley for the first time since I totally devoured this novel when we read it for school in 1982 has been in every way as much of a pleasure now as it had been then. Page 249, "If there shall come a time when you leave this house without a proper something to eat," said my mother, "look for me on the floor. Davy and his union men were proven right when many senior miners were put out of work, replaced by cheaper labour in the form of ironworkers who recently lost their own jobs and were desperate to work, even if it meant getting paid less than the going rate. And so I can't rate the book very high, because that would be like recommending it, which I don't really.Do also visit Brona’s interesting piece about the controversies around Llewellyn’s claimed heritage and knowledge/experience (I’m still counting this for Dewithon as it’s set in Wales …). Our narrator is Huw Morgan, a child of six and youngest of the Morgan family when the book opens (a younger sister is born later), with father Gwilym and five older brothers working in the mines. Mike Gwilym who was very talented,was going to advise the potential colliery owners in the USA about running the new deep mines in one of the newly excavated coal mining areas.

The 2 stars is really because I feel flat out terrible leaving just 1 star, so I rounded up from the barely 1. With the departure of Davy, Owen and Gwilym, the union started to acquire a revolutionary fervor with the coming of new leaders influenced by Marxist thinking. I heartily enjoyed this one too and agree that there is lots of positive content as well as the heartrending tragedy.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. There are also some absolutely brutal scenes, especially when the community seeks justice for the assault and death of a child, and the passages where a long strike brings starvation to the people.

I didn’t even really get into the role of the landscape and nature in the book, a Hardyesque aspect to it, and it’s a wonderful read. I loved the way the terraced houses were depicted,with the large shed out the backyard,for the sole use of the "boys! y más si están descritos con esa nostalgia y en un ambiente tan peculiar como un pueblo minero en la Gales del final de la época victoriana. Not just because they have so much to teach us, not just because of all the world's history they contain, but just to remind us of what we have lost, and what we'll lose still.I started the book without reading (or rather rereading) the blurb, and had gone in expecting a mostly tragic tale. It’s a book which has been on my radar for decades and maybe I’ll get to it eventually – just didn’t have time this month! It revolves around a family and their lives in all their complexity and their amazing simplicity, set in a Welsh coal mining village (which was a unusual setting for me). Language debates are something that recur of and on in india so I’d certainly like to see how it came up in this context.

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