Travels in an Old Tongue: Touring the World Speaking Welsh
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Travels in an Old Tongue: Touring the World Speaking Welsh

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Studying in Lampeter, Dyfed and learning Welsh, Pamela Petro found it infuriating that whenever she stumbled with her Welsh, the locals would always revert to English. She decided to go where English was not an option - all kinds of unlikely places with long-standing Welsh-speaking communities. She visited the Hong Kong Men's Choir, all Chinaman who sing in Welsh; the Japa...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published August 4th 1997)
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This book grew on me and I suspect I will remember it for awhile. This is a true example of someone following their passion even when it makes no rational sense and in the end coming up with some valuable insights into diaspora, language and national identity. It also functions as an entertaining armchair traveler read with an impressive number of diverse countries visited. The Japan section might be my favorite just because it showed how Japanese culture has a fascination and repulsion of the f...more
You are not going to learn any Welsh -- even a little bit -- from this book. As a travelogue, it is somewhat limited: the author talks about being hosted by Welsh speakers in various countries, and time after time neither host nor guest is able to muster more than a few words of Welsh anyway. But the Patagonian section at the end somewhat redeems the book: The very landscape seems to have overwhelmed the author into a level of inspired gloom and hopelessness that feels, for the first time, meani...more
Very interesting book, easy to read and fascinating incite into Welsh Patagonia.
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