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Not Quite White

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The young Jon Bull is sent by Westminster to Wales’s last remaining Welsh-speaking town to see why all attempts to bring it into the twenty-first century have failed. Waiting for him is the beautiful but embittered Gwalia...

With a foreword by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas.

Not Quite White explores the complex tensions that spit and seethe when English colonialism and Welsh nation
Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 2010 by Gomer Press
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Nov 04, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: het-romance, wales
To start I really liked this book, then I felt meh, then I just didn't gaf.

I wouldn't recommend this story for the romance. It's one of those books where (view spoiler). I wouldn't recommend this book for the characters either. The main two are fleshed out, but every side character is a cartoon with a strawman argument ready for our protagonists to go head to head with.

The reveal of John
This book highlighted a lot of issues that I wasn't really aware of before, which was very interesting. I know Wales, and Welsh, a little but this fictionalised account of very real problems facing small communities in North Wales raised a lot of questions (and answered a few). So for that, I would give 5 stars. I also found the narrative structure to be quite clever - with the two main characters alternately telling each other their side of the story, creating in some places a mixture between 1 ...more
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Dec 05, 2012 Jacquelynn Luben rated it liked it
I had difficulty working up a great deal of enthusiasm for this book.

To me the plot was enveloped in a mire of other stuff which at times made me feel as if I was wading through treacle trying to get to it. I was bored with the endless meetings at the beginning, which I feel were allowed to remain because of self-indulgence by the author, or the editor.

I also didn't find the characters very easy to get to know, apart from the two main protagonists and those immediately around them.

There is obvio
Rachel Muckle
Mar 06, 2016 Rachel Muckle rated it really liked it
Inspiring determination to achieve an individual dream through delivering national pride. I really enjoyed this story and would pass it on to young people struggling to find their identity and who believe that romance can still conquer
Lisa Williams
Feb 01, 2016 Lisa Williams rated it liked it
Some good points on languages and minority cultures, but at bit too long and dragged out in places...
Jenny Downing
Aug 11, 2011 Jenny Downing rated it liked it
Cleverly dealing with postcolonialism and nationalism in Wales through the medium of a love story, this was an enjoyable read with a dash of humour.
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