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5 StarsSo is this a good book Yes.
Did I feel the magic of it Sadly, No.
Why not I wish I knew.
Sometimes, a book pulls you and holds you and it becomes your special possession foreverMany people have that kind of experience with How Green Was My Valley I truly thought I would as well But it didn t happen for me It was worth reading but.
what can I say There is something missing, there is My heart never became involved.
This is a very hard book to rate I m going with three and a half stars with caveats for some readers Parts of it were five star brilliant The rhythm and pattern of Welsh speech, conversation and story telling is rendered into English with a deft and often humorous touch The descriptions of Wales and the countryside were exquisite and the sense of place and time so intense and immediate that I was often completely transported 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 will say it was lovely, because it was so green and fresh and clean, with wind from off the fields and dews from the mountain The river was not very widebut so clear that you would see every inch of rock through the bubbl A Poignant Coming Of Age Novel Set In A Welsh Mining Town, Richard Llewellyn S How Green Was My Valley Is A Paean To A Innocent Age, Published In Penguin Modern ClassicsGrowing 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 Looking Back On The Hardships Of His Early Life, Where Difficult Days Are Faced With Courage But The Valleys Swell With The Sound Of Welsh Voices, It Becomes Clear That There Is Nowhere So Green As The Landscape Of His Own Memory An Immediate Bestseller On Publication In , How Green Was My Valley Quickly Became One Of The Best Loved Novels Of The Twentieth Century Poetic And Nostalgic, It Is An Elegy To A Lost WorldRichard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd , Better Known By His Pen Name Richard Llewellyn, Claimed To Have Been Born In St David S, Pembrokeshire, Wales After His Death He Was Discovered To Have Been Born Of Welsh Parents In Hendon, Middlesex His Famous First Novel How Green Was My Valley Was Begun In St David S From A Draft He Had Written In India, And Was Later Adapted Into An Oscar Winning Film By Director John Ford None But The Lonely Heart, His Second Novel, Was Published In , And Subsequently Made Into A Film Starring Cary Grant And Ethel Barry As Well As Novels Including Green, Green My Valley Now And I Stand On A Quiet Shore , Llewellyn Wrote Two Highly Successful Plays, Poison Pen And NooseIf You Enjoyed How Green Was My Valley, You Might Like Barry Hines A Kestrel For A Knave, Also Available In Penguin Modern Classics Vivid, Eloquent, Poetical, Glowing With An Inner Flame Of Emotion The Times Literary Supplement I ve only re read a handful of books in my life, and I ve read this one at least 5 times If I had to pick a favorite book of all time sacrilege it would be this one Never have I seen prose that has this much POETRY in it How Green is a unique, lyrical beauty The coming of age narrator, Huw, so well paints a picture of his everyday struggles in a rapidly industrialized Wales that you can literally hear the birds and smell the blackberry pie Of course many authors are good at descriptions such as those but where I believe Llewellyn truly distinguishes himself is in his descriptions of emotional states and experiences He ll describe a self righteous man looking up with eyes hurting in goodness or innumerate the beatings of his heart and lyrics tumbling away to Forgot as he stands in church to sing a solo a ocukken okudu um klasik romanlar vard Adeta oradaym im gibi hissettiren Robinson Crusoe ile birlikte tah l yeti tirmi , Bereketli Topraklar da bir barakan n y kseli ine heyecanlanm t m Sonra Silah rler, Parma Manast r ve daha onlarcas.
I te bu kitapta da y llar sonra, ocuklu umda ya ad m o doymak bilmez bir merakla takip ettim ak Her bir karakteri tek tek tan d m Kimini sevdim, kiminden nefret ettim Mr Jones mesela O mahkeme sahnesinde di er t m kat l mc larla birlikte ben de oradayd m ve nefesimi tutup yarg n duda ndan d k lecekleri bekledim Dai nin elik gibi bile inin ve yumruklar n n arkas nda g ven ve huzurla ben ilerledim Sonra HuwOnun tecess s , onun hayat kavrama ekli, muhakemesi, kar mlar Onunla beraber b y d m Onun s rlar n sa Richard Llewellen s writing is akin to Welsh singing, so beautiful it takes your breath away In the beginning it seems like it will bog down in talk of forming a union, but read on Although important to carry the story, it never does get tedious with that This story is written so beautifully it has a lilt and cadence that will lift you up Examples 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 Page 159, There is beautiful to watch a mountain sleeping, and other mountains in the other valleys rising up lik Although as an older andcritical 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 For while Richard Llewellyn might have penned his words with not as much fire and brimstone like immediacy and often visceral pain as manycontemporary writers of working class fiction tend to do and especially those authors who feature and depict the often dangerous working and living conditions that coal min
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 I started out reading it silently to myself, but after a chapter or so I had to start reading it aloud to my husband The writing was so gorgeous, so tender and deeply felt, that I couldn t not share it Even now, almost seventeen years later, I can remember entire passages word for word I m pretty sure I could tell you each episode of the book, in order 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 His family, his friends, are all here, painted with loving clarity Such a beautiful booknow that I m writing this I think I 4.
5 5 stars This is a wonderful and very clever piece of fiction about how we tend to remember things from our past fondly while forgetting about how bad things really were How Green Was My Valley is a book about nostalgia and it is told from the point of view of Huw, who is now an elder, but who reflects back on his life and his childhood in the valleys of Wales This novel was wonderfully written with beautiful passages on life as well as note worthy anecdotes on Huw s childhood and amazing family A few passages became a bit too dense in their descriptions, but most of them were wonderful I think this book speaks to a lot of us because it talks about a universal subject, and I m sure that s why it has beco
Me ha sorprendido la crudeza pero a la vez la ternura que desprende esta historia, y me quedo con sus personajes, con todos pero especialmente con nuestro protagonista en pocas ocasiones he conseguido coger tanto cari o a un personaje protagonista de un libro