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Caitlin: Life with Dylan Thomas

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  89 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published March 1st 1987 by Henry Holt & Company (first published 1986)
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Feb 14, 2010 ErinH rated it really liked it
Read this book over 20 years ago. I'm hoping to travel to Wales in the fall so I decided to reread this book about the wife of its most famous poet. I have always been interested in the wives of creative people, especially in the early part of the 20th century. Their lives were not easy. This is basically written as Caitlin spoke. I found it fascinating, if not for what these women put up with, but also what she dished out.
Finn Oliebollen
May 01, 2012 Finn Oliebollen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of DT
I was eager to read about the “raw, bleeding meat” of a relationship between one of my favorite poets and the love of his life (or twin soul) Caitlin. When he described his relationship as raw and bleeding, I thought lusty/passionate/intense when I really should have took it in a more literal way...his wife would honestly beat the piss out of him. He would whimper, cry and then crawl into bed which was the “time out” zone for quiet and milk with salted bread.

It took me about a hundred pages to
Jan 31, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it
This is an interesting read for anyone 1) familiar with Dylan Thomas' work and 2) fascinated by the bohemian/drunken lifestyle of artists and authors in London in the 40s and 50s.
Jul 23, 2015 Ania rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me want to drink-in a melancholy and determined way, it made me want to read more dylan thomas, it made me want to never marry young, to never watch someone change away from me, never try and keep hold on someone or ever believe that people change. I like her complete commitment to the truth throughout-she does not shield either her or him from critiscism. I related to a lot of it, in that sickening way.
Chris Walker
Nov 21, 2014 Chris Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this years ago. Still remember vividly scenes in it where Dylan and Caitlin would leave their children alone in their house to go down the pub drinking till closing time every evening and the stew on the stove which would be continuously cooking for days (with the green skimmed off the top from time to time).
Michael Poor
Dec 28, 2012 Michael Poor rated it really liked it
What could be more enticing than the explosive amalgamation of genius, debauchery, and marriage? Fascinating and tragic. You'll get a hangover just from reading it.
Sep 01, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dylan Thomas's widow's autobiography is raw, and unsparing.
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