How Green Was My Valley

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How Green Was My Valley

How Green Was My Valley

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But for some bizarre reason Marged never recovered from his rejection, even when she got married to Gwilym (who she knew better and had far more of a bond with).

I have often wondered whether the trouble in our family could have happened in my father had gone walking with the other boys as he did with me. I think this is an important book, in company with Dickens bringing poverty and hardship to public attention. If you are a keen student of nostalgia and how the past is explored in literature, I strongly recommend How Green Was My Valley. When I drove there as a young US Air Force Lieutenant on a holiday they were beautiful scenery, lovely to look at and photograph.I found this book to be very atmospheric with beautiful passages of quote-worthy prose and really enjoyed the Welsh dialect. 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). I guess that's it, though: it's nostalgic and sentimental and it lets the reader feel all weepy about industrialised Wales, without anger or overt political leanings.

Stanley Baker and Sian Phillips were Mr,Mrs Morgan,who had a loving and richly warm family life in the coal mining valley. My sister gave me her copy of this book in a big sack of books and snacks and magazines the morning my husband and I set out to drive across the country, moving to Delaware from Utah. It's one of the most popular of the Welsh books I've read -- the one whose popularity has been most enduring, anyway -- and it's hard to understand why, when comparing the cloyingly nostalgic and sentimental story here to the vivacious and real work of Jack Jones and even Caradoc Evans. It's hard to say much about the book without giving the story away which I don't appreciate so I won't. I know Richard Llewellyn wasn't Welsh, but that doesn't take anything away from the story he has told us.Amidst the ongoing tug-of-war between the workers and the mine owners, the reader is shown the human drama in the Morgan family. I touched on the theme of loss at the beginning of this review and that is exactly the dominant feeling I had as I turned the last page of this book.

The best parts are in the first half of the book as a man looks back at his childhood in a once-green valley. 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. Huw’s father is the centre of his life, even though he fundamentally disagrees with the actions of his own sons towards unionising, and, appropriate for a review published on Mother’s Day, you can only feel sorry for his poor mother, though she has her own flashes of temper and giddiness, as she is forced to watch her children leave, not able to understand the map of their travels she’s shown. Companies today give great lip service to saving the environment while trading in air pollution waivers and similar. There's no plot here, it's a series of episodes or vignettes in the life of young Huw, growing up in a mining town in Wales.Now watch the clock and every fifteen minutes pour in a noggin of brandy, and with the first a pint of home-brewed ale. What I liked most about it all was while it dealt with all manner of grave issues from unrequited love (or rather in most cases, love stories doomed for one reason or another) to bullying and violence in school and the conditions and troubles in the mining industry, much of it is done fairly subtly—be it the conflicts or tensions, griefs or heartbreak, or even the moments of joy. 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.

Bronwen, sister-in-law: A gentle character to whom Huw goes when he is troubled or wants to learn information that the adults hold from him. Unfortunately, I never felt fully invested in the characters or engaged in the story which made it difficult to pick back up when there are so many other books whispering my name. As Huw grows, so does the vast heap of mine tailings--slag mountains that tower over the town, pressing in relentlessly on his home, the refuge that he and his family love so well. Growing up in a mining community in rural South Wales, Huw Morgan is taught many harsh lessons - at the kitchen table, at Chapel and around the pit-head.

Told in alternating passages between the present and the past, the man and the boy, the narrative incorporates the reader in such a way that it becomes almost immediately painful to contemplate your inevitable extraction from it all at the end. 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. Gwil and Beth's relationship was beautiful though, the love they had for each other was so pure and sweet. I have to admit that I remember the sad sections, not the humorous ones — but knowing these are there makes me eager to reread, despite the book’s length.



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