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The Island of Apples

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First published in 1965, The Island of Apples is a brilliant account of a pre-adolescent boy’s romantic imagination and dangerous enthrallment, set vividly in industrial south Wales and rural Carmarthenshire in the early twentieth century. In the novel, the life of Dewi Davies is suddenly altered by the appearance of a stranger in his valley town, a youth from a seemingly

Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 21st 2004 by University of Wales Press (first published 1992)
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Jul 21, 2016 Benjamin rated it it was amazing
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An engaging transformative story of schoolboy Dewi's life in the fictional depressing Welsh valley town of Ystrad. When Dewi befriends the mysterious European outsider -- Karl, he becomes infatuated with him as he seduces Dewi with tales of his adventures beyond Wales.

Described as intelligent, brave and most of all, beautiful by Dewi, the boy gets lost in what may be a fabricated reality of the Welsh valleys, one of suspicion and death. We're left pondering whether entire events in the novel ev
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Interesting coming of age story set in the Welsh valleys, left pondering what was real and what was fantasy...
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Glyn Jones was a Welsh novelist, poet and literary historian. Jones is an important figure in the "Welsh writing in English" literary movement.

Jones was a prolific poet, publishing many collections throughout his life. He also wrote three novels during his career: The Valley, The City, The Village (1956), The Learning Lark (1960), and The Island of Apples (1965).

He served as both Chairman and Pre
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