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How Green Was My Valley

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The radicalization of the workers–today’s political climate is either far left or far right, and then, too, we have the “Great Resignation” going on which is very radical indeed. Apparently, there's three more books about Huw's life but they sound like utter rubbish, and seem to revolve solely around Huw being rich and horny. Labor and management conflicts come to the valley and its mines and Huw's family is drawn into disputes that threaten to tear father from son, brother from brother.

Mass on mass of tone, with a hard edge, and rich with quality, every single note a carpet of colour woven from basso profundo, and basso, and baritone, and alto, and tenor, and soprano, and alto and mezzo, and contralto, singing and singing, until life and all things living are become a song. Interestingly, the major storylines involving women characters are given to Bronwen and Angharad, rather than Mama, despite the centrality of Mama’s role in the family.It began with just a reminiscence of my colleagues, many of whom became dear friends of mine in the course of the last decade. How Green Was My Valley seemed like less of a story and more like a pleasant stroll through the early years of someone's life. Those books that I really love, I tend to love with wild abandon and, once given, that devotion is rarely retracted. Yes there is welfare and food stamps today, there are food pantries and clothing ministries but mothers are the ones who must go stand in line and fill out the humiliating forms and take the charity that they often do not protest.

Ifor (pronounced eefor in the Welsh dialect)married the lovely Bronwen from the next valley,and they settled in a house just a few doors up from Mam and Dad (Gwilym and Beth). Even the other characters were wonderful (my favourites, apart from the Morgans were Dai Bando and Cyfartha, they were hilarious especially the scene in the school room). When a rather wonderful preacher describes the facts of life to Huw without ever naming a body part I mostly viewed it with astonished admiration for the inventive circumlocutions.And shared with someone else who appreciates the endless nuance and the inviting whisper of a language used to its fullest capacity, wrapped in and around characters who wring you out and own a piece of your soul by the time it is through. One of Huw's three sisters, Angharad, marries the wealthy mine owner's son – whom she does not love – and the marriage is an unhappy one. And there are of course beautiful descriptions and all done in a Welsh way of speaking which is done beautifully and not clumsily, feels authentic and was probably quite surprising at the time.

A mixed bag, but overall an enjoyable read simply due to the author's poetic way with words and depiction of Wales.After everyone Huw has known either dies or moves away, and the town is reduced to a contaminated shell, he decides to leave, and tells the story of his life just before going away. It is a terrific novel that forces the reader to think about the people and experiences in life that has brought them to this moment in time. How Green Was My Valley" comes with its brutalities where things that were not so "green" shine through the surface, but most of all it comes with a view on life which I think most of us share: a view of nostalgia and fondness. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Somehow I missed the 1941 movie* of the same name—and it had Maureen O'Hara no less, one of my all-time favorite actresses.

Llewellyn gathered material for the novel from conversations with local mining families in Gilfach Goch. Hope you manage to squeeze your review in and I’ll look out for it with interest and hopefully manage to link to it here. I also loved seeing how the entire village gets together when Huw’s brother and sister are married (a double wedding), from cleaning and decorating to preparing the feast, or how the family helps and supports others when one strike causes many families to be on the brink of starvation. 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. I felt like I had been very patiently waiting for the author to set the stage and give me all of the background and let me get to know the characters.Page 88, "O, blackberry tart, with berries as big as your thumb, purple and black, and thick with juice, and a crust to endear them that will go to cream in your mouth, and both passing down with such a taste that will make you close your eyes and wish you might live for ever in the wideness of that rich moment. It tells the story of the Morgans, a respectable mining family of the South Wales Valleys, through the eyes of one of the sons, Huw Morgan.

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