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Not Quite White

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  3 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
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 2010 by Gomer Press
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Charlotte
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
Jacquelynn Luben
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
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Jenny Downing
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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