The Welsh Girl

The Welsh Girl

by Peter Ho Davies
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The Welsh Girl 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I picked up Peter Davies' novel, 'The Welsh Girl' I knew right away that this was the book for me. I've always been interested in Celtic and Welsh folklore and heritage, as well as a general interest in WWII. This semi-historical fiction, part love story gives a vivid view into the lives of young German soldiers, as well as depicting the life of Welshmen in a small Welsh town and their lives as sheepfarmers and pubowners. The story centers around the struggles and courage of the characters through the late 1940's. The descriptions are fresh and beautiful. Peter Davies keeps you on your toes with an unpredictable plot up until the end. I fell in love with the conflicts, struggles and victories of the characters and did not want to put this book down! I reccommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical or cultural history and passionate characters!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. Loved the historical feel of it. I found the main character a little hard to warm up to. She seemed a little short of emotion, but all in all it was well worth the read.
KLM421 More than 1 year ago
This novel is a little slow to start, but it picks up really fast midway and then you cannot put it down until you finish. I was not prepared for the rape that happens in the very beginning of the novel, but he doesnt go into too much detail about that, you just know it happened. That was really my only dislike of the novel and I still strongly recommend it.
pinklady23 More than 1 year ago
The book does not cover new ground, but it does explore how Wales was involved in WWll. I found that interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story of a Welsh girl, a German POW, and the complicated social strictures of small-town life during World War II is one of the most moving stories I have read in years. In prose that is simple in the way that the best poetry often is, Peter Ho Davies delivers Wales in evocative detail, and the feelings of his Welsh and English and German characters, male and female, as if he were each of them. The passage in chapter 13, with Karsten and Jim and the plane, is just lovely. Just lovely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Davies has written a mesmerizng, thought provoking novel. The story comes full circle as the completion of Rotheram's mission ironically confirms the likelihood that he, like so many others maimed and transformed by the war, belongs nowhere, and has no identity. The book is overlong and explains too much, but succeeds admirably in its presentation of engaging major characters, each of whom is given a complex and intriguingpersonal and family history.
Jester7107 More than 1 year ago
I read this on a rainy Sunday afternoon. The story is interesting and moves along nicely. It would be a great summer read for anyone interested in WWII or Wales. I also enjoyed the fact that part of the story is told from the point of view of German POWs.
click49 More than 1 year ago
Compelling in a very essential kind of way, the story of a German soldier and a Welsh girl, each gripped by their own unique desperation, each shaped by their individual surrender, and drawn to each other by their human compassion. Beautifully written, I found myself frequently stopping at the end of a sentence with appreciation for the author's shaping of the words and thoughts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely little book about conflicting loyalties. It portrays so well the attitudes of the Welsh during WWII, who were more anti-Britain because of the way their country had been mistreated historically than patriotic. The Jewish military investigator is also handled so well. For once a writer of an historical novel makes small tweaks with real events that are not obtrusive nor silly. I thought about the heroine for days after I finished--a rare tribute to the strength of a book.
pjpick More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book but was a little disappointed. The source of the my disappointment is the description of the story on the back cover of the book was misleading. My advice is to read the book without expecting it to follow that description and you won't find the book wanting. Otherwise it was still a good story and I would have no problems recommending it to friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended this book to me and I enjoyed it a lot. It has the detailed imagery of a classical movie. It tells about the bond between a German soldier, a prisoner of war, and a welsh girl, searching for meaning in her life. Set during WWII, Part-history and part-fiction, this story could really open your eyes to the world and everything around you, and help you appreciate the simple things in life.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
I seem to have read too many war stories and they meld together. This story was too disconnected with the jumping back and forth of the different story lines, and the ending attempted to bring them all together. The setting provided a wonderful description of Wales and the Welsh people, but the character lacked depth. So many of the story lines had choppy events that transpired with no clear sequence. And of course, the Germans are portrayed as mean, inhumane creatures that batter their own troops. The story needed to be longer to give justice to the three characters, instead of flitting here and there.
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Just couldn't get into this book. Even though I read 3/4 of it, I just quit. That's unusual for me, because I'll finish a book in most cases no matter what. I just couldn't. Would not recommend it at all.
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