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How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
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Apr 25, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, mining, love, social_taboos, strikes, unions, wales, favorites

One of my favourite novels - warning: you need to be sensitive and have many tissues with you. Once you overcome the slight issues of dialect, you learn to be fascinated by this world of mining that we know nothing of. Huw tells the story, opening with the present as he leaves the house he was brought up in. We follow him and his family through his illness, his sisters' marriages and the strikes his father and brothers are involved in. There is celebration along with hard times - probably more of the latter. There was a movie made of this, but it is very much of its time and probably would seem strange to young people today (black and white yet!!). I suppose I love stories about families and struggle and what helps them get through their struggle.

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