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The Valley

2.87  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
It's the 1980s, and the inhabitants of Nant Valley in mid-Wales are holding out against the march of the modern world. But times are hard in the village - so when 'outsiders' wrongly believe it to be an idyll, a clash of cultures seems to be the only predictable outcome.
Paperback, 279 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Ian Mapp
On the plus side, this is a quite funny book, with a couple of brilliant set pieces - the antique collector taking a table from a recent widow who is using the table to rest her dead husbands body and the farmer finding his wife in sexual union with the bank manager. However, it really is a collection of set pieces that are revealed chapter on chapter.

It tells the stories of local characters in the nant valley. Starts with the post man finding a suicide but getting into trouble with his superior
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Gary M.
Aug 24, 2012 Gary M. rated it really liked it
What a quirky and wonderful little book. It's all about life in a small Welsh valley during the 1980's and rang perfectly true to me - hey,I should know I've been a valley's boy myself.It is on times laugh out loud funny in places and tenderly touching in others. The fact that it hasn't got a plot in the conventional sense makes it reminiscent in parts of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood but filtered through the lens of an Ealing comedY.the narrative is much more modern in style and the characters ...more
Alyson
Jan 23, 2016 Alyson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moderately funny, with comic vignettes about (atypical) life in remote mid Wales hill community. Felt each character was perhaps slightly over-blown or more of a stereotype than necessary - there were very few 'normal' characters in the book.

But in generaly, pleasantly funny light novel.
Dorian
May 13, 2015 Dorian rated it it was ok
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I didn't hate this book, but it didn't impress me. I've given it two stars because I normally only give one-star ratings to books I truly disliked, and there was nothing about this that I actively hated. I just didn't enjoy it or care for any of the characters. It has a nice cover, though.
Ajitabh Pandey
The book is about the general lifestyle of the people of a small Welsh community trying to cope with the migrants who typically have their own ideas on the country life.
Georgina
Jan 09, 2011 Georgina rated it really liked it
I am wondering whether Barry Pilton was living secretly in my garden shed, as his observation of Mid Walian life is sharp to the point of blood-letting - and an absolute hoot!
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Too much explaining, not telling the story, gave up after about 50 pages
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