Crystal Spirit

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Crystal Spirit is the story of David Hicks, arrogant and petulant son of a Welsh collier, set to escape the pit through education, but trapped into marriage and the hateful job of shopkeeper. Denied his freedom he grows to maturity through the Labour movement and his experiences as a volunteer in the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. Roger Granelli's first novel is a gripping and affecting story, persuasive and realistic, sympathetic in its portrayal of life in the Depression and full of remarkable ...
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Overview

Crystal Spirit is the story of David Hicks, arrogant and petulant son of a Welsh collier, set to escape the pit through education, but trapped into marriage and the hateful job of shopkeeper. Denied his freedom he grows to maturity through the Labour movement and his experiences as a volunteer in the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. Roger Granelli's first novel is a gripping and affecting story, persuasive and realistic, sympathetic in its portrayal of life in the Depression and full of remarkable scenes from the Spanish Civil War. Closely researched, Crystal Spirit brings to life a period which has almost slipped from memory. It is a moving testament to those who suffered in Wales and Spain, yet remained undefeated by the horrors of poverty and a brutal war.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Spanning four decades, this solid but familiar first novel focuses on the immature, self-centered son of a Welsh coal miner who comes of age during the Spanish Civil War. Frustrated by his prospects--either following in his father's footsteps or becoming a shopkeeper--David Hicks longs to escape the Welsh valley, whose inhabitants ``do not see farther than their own skyline.'' But an affair with beautiful Emma Vincent leads to her pregnancy and a forced marriage, and a resentful David settles into provincial life. Becoming fascinated with the Spanish Popular Front and the civil war it is waging against Fascist rebels, David joins the International Brigade, deserts Emma and goes off to fight for Republican Spain. Eventually he becomes a noncombatant, a stretcher bearer, but is captured and imprisoned. Told in flashbacks framed by a visit to Spain by Emma and David after Franco's death, the story centers not so much on battle scenes as on David's emotional and psychological journey. Although Granelli, a native of Wales, breaks no new ground, he offers a skillful portrait of a man caught up in forces larger than himself. (Jan.)
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“Granelli's vivid novel is one of testimony. And, praise be, it is a good read.” —Ian Bell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781854110602
  • Publisher: Seren Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288

Meet the Author

Roger Granelli is the author of Out of Nowhere, Dark Edge, and Status Zero.

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