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The appearance of My People in 1915 caused a literary sensation. In England critics praised it as a work of art comparable with Zola and new writers such as Joyce.
Paperback, 150 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Seren (first published 1915)
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Nikki
Jan 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Caradoc Evans' collection of short stories, My People, is rather hard to like. It focuses on the common Welsh people, fiercely satirising them and the Nonconformist church, in the time he was writing -- around 1915. He's rather brutal, honestly: the people he describes are simple, even stupid, and ignorance and what they considered to be sin, and hypocrisy, abound. He makes them sound stupider by the way he chooses to represent the language: instead of simply writing what they'd say in idiomatic ...more
Richard Smith
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd never heard of Caradoc Evans until recommended to read him by a Welsh friend I met walking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. I've much enjoyed these stories and think it a shame that Evans seems to have been largely forgotten when he was ranked alongside Joyce and Zola when he published these stories. He has a unique voice, but he must have been an inspiration to Dylan Thomas: you can see some of the roots of Under Milkwood in these stories.

Discovering Evans is part of a process for me of
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Billy
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Evans's collection of short stories is bittersweet, incendiary and whether you end up loving it or hating it, you won't put it down without formulating an opinion on it. Surely it's better to hate a book than be indifferent towards it? Anyway, Evans's fusion of literary English and Welsh colloquialism, his Old Testament cadences and reprehensible protagonists alongside his thematic concern with the Gothic-grotesque is something to behold even if you didn't like the stories themselves.
Andrew
Mar 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting early 20th century "realist" short stories that appeared about the same time as Dubliners. Unlike Joyce, who co-opts the King's Speech to usurp his authority, Evans adopts the strange patois of his native Welshmen in his effort to condemn them as the backwards, hypocritical, cruel, stupid, benighted range-maggots that he sees them as. As a modernist Welsh writer, Evans is about as opposite from Dylan Thomas as you could be. His writing is bare, his landscapes are bare, his people are ...more
Carlton King
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read My People years ago in college, and it was a profound influence on me. As a placeholder . . . Evans will show you how to write about where you come from with both love and the disdain that can only come with love.
Camille K.
Edgy, compelling stories. Uncannily familiar. Mencken was right -- this does describe Southern fundamentalism. How I wish he were wrong!
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David Caradoc Evans was a Welsh novelist, short-story writer, and playwright who wrote in English. He was married to writer Oliver Sandys.
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