Travels in an Old Tongue: Touring the World Speaking Welsh

Travels in an Old Tongue: Touring the World Speaking Welsh

by Pamela Petro

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ISBN-13: 9780006550105
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 10/16/2009
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x (d)

About the Author

Pamela Petro has been educated at Brown, Paris and Harvard Universities; in 1983 she went to the University of Wales at Lampeter for the first time, to do her MA, returning in 1992 for intensive instruction in the Welsh language. She has since taught Welsh and travel writing in the USA. She regularly contributes to the New York Times Travel Section and to Planet, and has compiled a guide to New England. This is her first ‘real’ book. She has, by the way, no Welsh blood.

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Travels in an Old Tongue: Touring the World Speaking Welsh 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
carlym on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Petro is a writer or journalist or something (it's not entirely clear) who has taken a language program in Wales and then decides to travel around the world to meet Welsh people and Welsh speakers in other countries. The book got off to a slow start for me, in large part because Petro doesn't really introduce herself. Then I enjoyed it for 100 pages or so, but then it really started to get annoying. It's over 300 pages long, which is too long for what Petro has to say. She and her friend go to plenty of places, but nothing terribly interesting happens. They always seem tired, cranky, and short of money, and it seemed to me that they didn't plan well and were entirely too dependent on the kindness of strangers for lodging and other necessities (although these people are not always treated kindly in the book). Petro isn't the greatest writer, either; she used way too many inapt and unnecessary metaphors and similes, and sometimes she jumped around among topics in unpredictable and confusing ways. I really enjoy travel literature on the whole but did not enjoy this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book while I was on an international exchange program at Swansea University. I found the book to be a very humorous and insightful look into the relationship between Welsh people around the world and their language. The book also delves into the question of what makes a person Welsh. Also included are glimpses of the the countries through which the author travels. I highly recommend this book to anyone at all interested in Wales and/or the Welsh people and language. I chuckled constantly throughout the book, but also came away with a deeper understanding of a great little country, its people and its language.