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E home forever he reminisces about the golden days of his youth when South Wales still prospered when coal dust had not yet blackened the vall. 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 like bits of blue velvet to make you feel you could cut a piece and wear it for a coat to dance in above the fat clouds Page 165 Sing then Sing indeed with shoulders back and head up so that song might go to the roof and beyond to the sky Mass on mass of tone with a hard edge and rich with uality 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 O Voice of Man organ of most lovely might Makes me long to hear the rich Welsh tones of yesteryear Page 231 The he whistled the the trees tried to hush him and the bigger the tree the bigger the hush and beating at him with their arms to stop him tickling them but no use for he was in one side and out the other and nothing they could do only wave at him and hush And on page 234 after the poetry of the words fills your soul you can whip up some brandy broth to fill your belly O Brandy Broth is the King of Broth and royal in the rooms of the mouth A good chicken and a noble piece of ham with a little shoulder of lamb small to have the least of grease and then a paste of the roes of trout with cream a bit of butter and the yolk of egg whipped tight and poured in when the chicken proud with a stuffing of sage and thyme has been elbowing the lamb and the ham in the earthenware pot until all three are tender as the heart of a mother In with the carrots and turnips and the goodness of marrow bones and in with a mixing of milk and potatoes Now watch the clock and every fifteen minutes pour in a noggin of brandy and with the first a pint of home brewed ale Two noggins in and with the third throw in the chopped bottoms of leeks but save the green leaves until ten minutes from the time you sit to eat for then you shall find them still a lovely green 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 floorPlease read this book

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How Green Was My Valley

Ey Drawn simply and lovingly with a crisp Welsh humor Llewellyn's characters fight love laugh and cry creating an indelible portrait of a peop. 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 book now that I m writing this I think I need to get my own copy and reread it I kept my sister s copy for years and would occasionally take it down to read a page or two

Richard Llewellyn ☆ 5 Summary

How Green Was My Valley is Richard Llewellyn's bestselling and timeless classic and the basis of a beloved film As Huw Morgan is about to leav. 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 exuisite 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 valleyI 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 bubbling water and so full of fish that nobody thought of using a rod My father taught me to tickle trout up on the flat rock down by Mrs Tom Jenkins As the industrial revolution transformed Britain the coal mining regions of South Wales fairly basked in prosperity And food in plentyThere is good dripping toast is by the fire in the evening Good jelly dripping and crusty home baked bread with the mealy savour of ripe wheat roundly in your mouth and under your teeth roasted sweet and crisp and deep brown and covered with little pockets where the dripping will hide and melt and shine in the light deep down inside ready to run when your teeth bite inI put on five pounds reading that I loved the many characters and scenes of village life Huw the narrator and his struggles with rheumatic fever are moving and filled with warm insight Mining is a way of life here and there is pride in the skill of the work and in the role Wales plays in Britain s growing powerAs Huw matures the tone of the book darkens 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 The history lesson was terrific and an excellent complement to Elizabeth Gaskell s brilliant North and South as well as my non fiction reads on industrialization and populist and socialist movements in Britain and the USAs 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 In 1966 one of these coal tip mountains collapsed in an avalanche that killed nearly an entire school house full of children and teachers in AberfanFor another harrowing view of the history behind this moment see The Crown Season 3 AberfanSomewhere near the midpoint the book started to fade for me and I grew lost as family members left home found spouses fought their own battles It just got really confusing I longed at least for a family tree and a timeline The verbal round abouts and endless descriptions began to wear away my patience 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 Does Huw figure it all out Wellat the risk of spoilersI sort of think sobut then again maybe not But by the last 200 pages I found myself skipping and skimmingthinking Get on with it man Can t you for the love of Heaven just tell us what happened There were also some glaring plot holes that bothered the heck out of me view spoilerWhy would a mother knowing her village s Puritanical gossip addiction actually encourage her teenage son to move in with the family s young comely widow hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “How Green Was My Valley

  1. says:

    This will be a review that I will no doubt edit and add to a lotThis is easily my most favorite and special book It's something so beautiful that my heart aches to dwell on it It aches because I long to be apart of something so perfect and wish for such beauty in everything I experience I feel I belong in that small Welsh mining to

  2. says:

    455 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 chil

  3. says:

    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 r

  4. says:

    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 uniue lyrical beauty The coming of age narrator Huw so well paints a picture of his everyday struggles in a r

  5. says:

    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 t

  6. says:

    An enjoyable story with lovely characters I didn't want it to endA big thank you to my Goodread friends Marilyn and Tracey for the push to read such a delightful warm hearted book

  7. says:

    Although as an older and critical reader I do somewhat understand those reviewers who have found Richard Llewellyn's How Gr

  8. says:

    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 pas

  9. says:

    Arguably the finest book I have ever readLlewellyn's novel of a young boy growing up in Welsh coal mining country at the tu

  10. says:

    35 StarsSo is this a good book? YesDid I feel the magic of it?Sadly NoWhy not?I wish I knewSometimes a book pulls you and holds you and it becomes your special possession forever Many 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 butwhat can I say?There is something missing there is My heart never became involved