How Green Was My Valley / Edition 1

How Green Was My Valley / Edition 1

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by Richard Llewellyn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0684825554

ISBN-13: 2900684825556

Pub. Date: 07/23/1997

Publisher: Touchstone

First published in 1939. The author captures the song of his nation of singers and made it into the story of the childhood and youth of Huw Morgan, a miner's son, in a South Wales valley.

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First published in 1939. The author captures the song of his nation of singers and made it into the story of the childhood and youth of Huw Morgan, a miner's son, in a South Wales valley.

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ISBN-13:
2900684825556
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
07/23/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512

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How Green Was My Valley 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect when I started this book, but I found myself drawn in by the simple poetry of Llewellyn's words and the beautiful story he tells. A wonderful novel, it should be read by everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you would have told me in high school i had to read this book for a class, i probably would have puttered through it, i didn't find too many assigned books horrible, i just hated people calling reading assignments homework. (as it stands, this was never required reading where i went to school.) A few years ago though, when i asked my grandmother for our family history, "You need to get a copy of the book, How Green Was My Valley, by Richard Llewellyn. He's a relative of ours," were my grandmother's words and something about he based it on some of the stories he heard growing up. Upon going to an extended family gathering a few weeks ago, i learned this is that one book that almost every family group in our Llewellyn bloodline has a copy of or is looking for one. Over the summer i read this book, and strangely, it did seem to snap some things properly into place. A lot of my great grandfather's mannerisms and attitudes were explained, (i'm assuming Richard Llewellyn is an uncle or cousin of my great grandfathers, because no one has really explained the relationship to me yet.) Anyway, i don't expect everyone who reads this book to have the same instant revelation as i did. I don't expect everyone to enjoy it. I do think it's a book you need to be a little older than high school student, and probably would be better suited to read it by choice rather than by force.
lesslie More than 1 year ago
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. It's about a small coal-mining village in Wales and the people in it. The focus is on a big wonderful family that loves each other very much though they sure do have their share of trouble. The point of view is that of Huw, beginning when he is just 6 years old and going all the way to his middle age. The prose is, well, poetry. I collected my favorite bits in a list on the bag page but there are too many to fit here. Here's but a few: "Beautiful were the days that are gone, and O, for them to be back. The mountain was green, and proud with a good covering of oak and ash, and washing his feet in a streaming river clear as the eyes of God. The winds came down with the scents of the grass and wild flowers, putting a sweetness to our noses, and taking away so that nobody could tell what beauty had been stolen, only that the winds were old robbers who took something from each grass and flower and gave it back again, and gave a little to each of us, and took it away again." "...a tidy house, but open to the weather, and the winds had choir practice whenever they could on every side of it." "Ceinwen was in my mind, and I kept her there as men keep libraries of rare books, seldom to be touched but happy to know you have got." I wonder if anyone could ever write such a masterpiece again. If I ever thought I could be a writer, I don't now. I suppose I am just a reader, a proper bibliophile. With books like this, it's enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book aged 14 years in England and could not put it down. I sank into the rich green valleys of Wales and Richard Llewellyn's beautifully written words of this unfolding drama. My great great great grandfather was a miner of the same period in history as this book, and how beautifully RL captures hearts and songs and families. I have re-read it three more times since and each time, I find new ways of understanding this book, its hardness, its struggle, its softness and its poetry. A WORD OF ADVICE to all those unused to the lilt of of the Welsh language when translated into English. Try to get to hear by whatever means possible, this rendition of the book, by tapes or internet. It will deepen your appreciation for this book a millionfold if you can get to grips with the language and meanings,it is well worth the effort! 'The flowers are hard at work for the bees.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to find a 1940 copy of this book in the library with no bookjacket to distract me, and I was drawn, by the most beautiful language,into a tale so rich, I read, breathed, ate and slept it for days until I was through. I am sorry to part with it now,but as the author said, it will remain with me always. It was interesting, as a woman, to hear how a man feels as he grows up. Passion, regret, longing, grief, ecstasy, and joy....it's all there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a story that's been told hundreds of times-the coming of age of a young boy, but this time it's told right. We are immediately drawn into the story of Huw, the youngest son of an old-time coal-miner and his wife in a small Welsh town. The story follows Huw through adolescence, his first love, loss, and finally adulthood. He is torn between his father's dreams of going to school and becoming a professional, and his dreams of mining the coal that is the livelihood of the valley. However, Huw finds that the coal is not the same as in the idealistic days of his youth. Labor unions, pollution, and friction between young workers tear the valley right through the middle-through the coal. How Green Was My Valley is a universal and beautifully written story and applies to all people who have ever loved, lost or been part of a family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed to realize that this was a literary criticism and not the actual text of the book. The information online is sparse and incomplete. I am unfamiliar with what the Penguin Active Reading series is and there is no explanation online. Plus $18.00 for something that is 96-pages! Seriously? Needless to say, I needed to seek out a store to return this - and I did. Very disappointed.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure poetry.  A beautiful story about a remarkable boy and his family told in a lyrical style that makes you feel as though you're there in Wales with them.  After reading this book, I found it hard to read current fiction - it just couldn't begin to compare!
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This is an excellent reading experience that Iplace on equal rating with "To Kill a Mockingbird". Both are written in the language of place and time, and tell a story of family and love in hard times. It is love that keeps each family together through all the hardships and creates joy in the small pleasures of daily life. I feel sorry for the students who read this and hated it. They didn'care for the nearly poetic language. And the is no "plot" here, no action-adventure, no superheroes, only a boy growing to manhood in a very real world slowly giving way to the pollution of a growing slag heap that will eventually engulf his home. This is book for those who want to sit down with book and become a member of its family. To sit in the Morgan's dining room and share Sunday dinner with them, share their joys and sorrows, is an experience like going home after a long absence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a beautiful read. Couldnt wait til read part each evening. Highly recommend
cricket-j More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story that readily portrayed the history of Wales and it's coal mining heritage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this Welsh mining town tale. It filled in the blanks left by the movie version.
efm More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story of life in a Welch coal mining town. Movie classic also excellent.
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Antonius_Marcus_Lucius More than 1 year ago
The prose in this book is absolutely beautiful. A previous reviewer noted that one should try to read the book imagining a native Welsh speaker reading it to you aloud - if this can be accomplished then the true lyrical nature of the prose will more sharply defined. This may slow one down but it is worth the effort, if only for a few pages here and there. The narrative is compelling and the characters so well developed it is easy to imagine knowing them personally. For anyone who has seen the film: the book is miles better and is well worth the visit.
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