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How Green Was My Valley By Richard Llewellyn How Green Was My Valley 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 communit

  • Title: How Green Was My Valley
  • Author: Richard Llewellyn
  • ISBN: 9780141185859
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • How Green Was My Valley By Richard Llewellyn 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 lifeA 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 1939, 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 world.Richard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd 1906 1983 , 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 1939 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 1943, and subsequently made into a film starring Cary Grant and Ethel Barry As well as novels including Green, Green My Valley Now 1975 and I Stand on a Quiet Shore 1982 , Llewellyn wrote two
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    1. Wesley on said:

      This will be a review that I will, no doubt, edit and add to a lot.This 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 town, that I should be spending all of my time supporting my family and town, singing with friends, learning voraciously, worshiping God intelligently and recognizing [...]

    2. Helene Jeppesen on said:

      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 fam [...]

    3. Magrat Ajostiernos on said:

      RESE A COMPLETA cronicasdemagrat.wordpressMe ha gustado much simo, especialmente la primera mitad del libro, porque los relatos de infancia me fascinan y m s si est n descritos con esa nostalgia y en un ambiente tan peculiar como un pueblo minero en la Gales del final de la poca victoriana.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 ta [...]

    4. Meg on said:

      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 [...]

    5. Peggy Scripter on said:

      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 cre [...]

    6. Hana on said:

      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 [...]

    7. Dorcas on said:

      3.5 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 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 but.what can I say There is something missing, there is My heart never became involved.

    8. Jessica on said:

      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 y [...]

    9. Nikki on said:

      I m afraid I was just glad to finally be done with How Green Was My Valley 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 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 over [...]

    10. Ferdy on said:

      3.5 stars SpoilersA rather lovely and quaint coming of age story It did take a while to get into and was quite slow and boring towards the end, but other than that it was a great read How Green Was My Valley seemed like less of a story and like a pleasant stroll through the early years of someone s life More specifically Huw Morgan s life, with him reminiscing about his childhood and the valley that was his home There was no real solid plot, just Huw looking back at his family, and the many cha [...]

    11. booklady on said:

      The title, How Green Was My Valley is a giveaway We know the beautiful green valley is going to change and probably not for the better This isn t going to be a happy story or anyway, not one with a happy ending Or so were my thoughts going into this book 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 Although Richard Llewellyn s book was first published in 1939 and sounded really familiar I don t remember ever reading it [...]

    12. Leslie on said:

      A few times in my reading life I have been so been so touched by a book that when it is over I feel a great loss and literally clasp the book to my chest like a loved one just departed.Some one once said, after seeing the beauty of Alaska, that he wished he had seen it as an old man, for it s magnificent beauty would surely spoil any scene he would ever see after That s how I feel about this lovely, beautiful, wonderful book I am afraid nothing I read will ever make me feel like this I feel quit [...]

    13. Elizabeth on said:

      I m having a hard time figuring out how to rate this book.On the one hand I recognize that it is beautifully written Possibly the most beautifully written prose I ve ever read But beautiful prose isn t really that exciting to me It kept putting me to sleep and it was taking FOREVER to get through the book Finally after almost a month when I was at around page 300 I decided to start skipping the irrelevant stuff My husband asked how I knew I wasn t missing anything important I told him I d alread [...]

    14. Cher on said:

      3 stars It was good.What a difficult book to rate I found this book to be very atmospheric with beautiful passages of quote worthy prose and really enjoyed the Welsh dialect BUT, it just felt so incredibly slow for most of the book, and I found the self righteousness of the characters and of the time to grow stale and repetitive It seemed odd that the book began with the main character leaving the valley, yet as the story of his childhood and coming of age unfolds, you never get to the point whe [...]

    15. Myriam on said:

      What can I say This novel was right up my alley.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 It was wonderfully written, at once intimate, profound and simple I loved that it detailed a way of life, harsh, but simple in a way, that is now lost for the most part.The story is narrated by Huw Morgan, and he has a unique, candid, wise and totally human voice The parents were als [...]

    16. Leslie on said:

      Lovely writing in this story of a Welsh family in a coal mining village I think in the Rhondda valley area altough the author didn t specify from about 1890 to 1910.While ostensibly about the Morgan family, this novel is documenting the end of an era I had seen the film but years ago and I was struck when reading this by the similarities to the recent film Brassed Off about the colliery closings in northern England Yorkshire during Margaret Thatcher s time Different times and places but the sam [...]

    17. AnnaMay on said:

      I loved this book The characters were so real I felt like I was right there in the town, in the small home, smelling the same things, eating with them, doing dishes How did Llewellyn accomplish that This was the second time I read this the first being when I was a young teenager I ll be reading it again throughout my life, I m sure I m convinced a teenager s brain is made of fluff, for I remember very little from that first reading It was as if I hadn t read it before, almost This second time, I [...]

    18. Angie on said:

      I ll just go ahead and start by saying this review is a hard one for me to write My emotions become tied up in all of the books I have loved over the years, and it matters very little what genre they are or what the writing style is or when they were written and by whom Those books that I really love, I tend to love with wild abandon and, once given, that devotion is rarely retracted My friend Janicu recently commented that I am the queen of re reading And this is true I love nothing better than [...]

    19. TheSkepticalReader on said:

      Took 3 tries and quite a lot of pages but I ended up really liking it.

    20. M. on said:

      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 nefesim [...]

    21. Ellie Lynn on said:

      I cried, a bit, at this book s end I felt I had truly seen the mountain sleeping, just there, curled on its side, and felt the low, cold wind whistle past My mind fell easily into the cadence of the dialect, and sung to itself with each welsh name I felt the valley with his words For me, this book s beauty read sharply, showing strength in simple naturalistic description and dialogue Its characters, who I found deeply relatable, are rare enough, in literature and in life I already miss the heart [...]

    22. Jenn on said:

      I have a short attention span and, thus, have a hard time reading books by people like, say, Steinbeck or Hardy, where the scenery becomes a characteraning there are endless passages describing meadows and livestock However, I loved this book, and, it could be argued, that it has some of that atmospheric quality I once gave a presentation to a group of women about books I recommend for book groups, and when I mentioned this one, one of the old women let me say this again, she was OLD and shouldn [...]

    23. Masteatro on said:

      Durante gran parte de la lectura de esta novela m s de la mitad estaba convencida de que acabar a d ndole 5 estrellas Finalmente han sido 4 porque a partir de cierto momento los derroteros por los que ha ido la vida del protagonista y su familia me han interesado un pel n menos Pero s lo un pel n.Sigue siendo una novela muy interesante que rezuma vida por los cuatro costados.No hay un gran argumento, es m s bien una novela costumbrista que nos cuenta la historia de una familia, los Morgan, y con [...]

    24. Poiema on said:

      Oh, the joy of reading this book It was wise and poignant and marinated in song Singing was in my father as sight is in the eye 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 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 a [...]

    25. Judy on said:

      I loved this book from the get go In spite of labor disputes, food shortages and a near death experience for the hero, Huw Morgan, the upbeat tone carried through in what to me was a soothing manner How Green Was My Valley offers the reader to step into pre industrialized Wales and watch the traditions, customs slip away as times change Slip away as do the younger generation lured by London, America and a chance to make a name for themselves through pursuit of military careers The story follows [...]

    26. Ginny on said:

      Does it matter if the wonderful rhythms, imagery, and syntax in the language of this book are authentically Welsh I would like to believe they are, but Llewellyn was not who he claimed to be that much is known His parents were Welsh, but he was born in England Internet searches turn up many references to the Oscar winning 1941 film, but very few about the book itself I loved the language and it made the book for me The characters and their environs are fictional a bildungsroman that held my atte [...]

    27. Ashley on said:

      I have lost count of the number of times I have read this book, but I just finished it again after putting it away for a year or two Nearly every time I read it I think maybe I had overrated it in my memory and maybe I will be disappointed that it wasn t as good as I remembered, but every time it is better and better and I appreciate the beauty and language and exceptional characters and It really is poetry This is a book that makes you realize what life should be about I truly agreed with the [...]

    28. Elsa K on said:

      This is one of those books I imagine myself reading over and over The story was beautifully written and I was sucked into Huw s world I found myself imagining I was one of the Morgan family and longing for a simpler life I loved the way the family pulled together despite differences I loved seeing the old fashioned respect for authority the children all had for Gwilym and Beth Morgan I loved Mr Gruffydd s view of God and explanation of life as he mentored Huw I loved his faith and the family s w [...]

    29. Sam on said:

      Tidy, absolutely tidy This book is amazing and I can t believe it has taken me so long to get around to reading it Llewellyn captures the essence of the Welsh Valleys through descriptive and beautiful prose that will melt the most hardened of readers as we follow Huw Morgan through his childhood, adolescent and young adult years where he finds his feet and learns many an important lesson Yes Llewellyn combines events and feelings of a wider era than that covered by Morgan s story but in doing so [...]

    30. David on said:

      There is lovely there is as the characters in Llewellyn s 1939 novel might say A paean to a bygone world, the novel looks back on a Welsh mining community in the late 19th century, where the voices of men soared to fill the valley and nothing was as sweet as the taste of a freshly baked blackberry pie or the love of family Tight fisted mine owners and growing slag heaps may threaten, but the point of the book seems to be that while a place or a people live on in memory and are kept alive then th [...]

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