Modern Classics How Green Was My Valley

Paperback | July 3, 2001

byRichard Llewellyn

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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 more innocent age, published in Penguin Modern Classics 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. 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 Barrymore. As well as novels including Green, Green My Valley Now (1975) and I Stand on a Quiet Shore (1982), Llewellyn wrote two highly successful plays, Poison Pen and Noose If 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

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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 more innocent age, published in Penguin Modern Classics 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. Lookin...

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Growing up in a mining community in rural South Wales, Huw Morgan is taught many harsh lessons. Looking back, where difficult days are faced with courage and 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.

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...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 3, 2001Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141185856

ISBN - 13:9780141185859

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great narrative of life! Recommended by my English teacher. It was possibly the best book I've ever read. There is no central plot, and if you're looking for a quick read this is not the book for you. It should be read like a marathon, contemplating at each stage of Huw's--the protagonist: the youngest boy in a Welsh mining family--life. We see people come and go throughout the book. Love. Betrayal. More similar to real life than any work of fiction I've read, in its sense of patience and suddenness. The only constant change is the modernization of the world around the village. It is essentially several average novels in one, giving us different 'episodes' of the Welsh village over a span of about 18 years I'd guess. Truly fantastic. Additionally, you'll love the way they talk. "There is beautiful, she was." "Two pence on sweets in one day?"<-tell that to a child today :) Perhaps the language is redundant and old fashioned, but the overall feeling of watching a boy grow up--and forming bonds with characters who remain for years, only to vanish forever--leaves one with a feeling that cannot be explained. If you enjoy it as much as I did, there are 3 sequels, though they aren't available on the kobo store (where I am at least). If there is any complaint, someone may argue the pace was too slow at parts. Read the rich descriptions Llewellyn weaves through these 'dry' moments. It is more interesting than one may think. Solid 5 stars from me.
Date published: 2015-07-14