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Turf or Stone by Margiad Evans
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Mar 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: welsh-writing
Read on March 15, 2011

What I've read of Margiad Evans' work all has elements of the gothic. The story here isn't that dissimilar to the story in Country Dance, although it's much less about the interplay of Welsh and English. Still, it's an unfortunate woman torn between two men, and one of the two is cruel to her.

Mary is a different sort of person to the protagonist of Country Dance, though: she brings her troubles on herself to a greater extent. Not that anyone deserves domestic abuse, etc, or that she seems to have had much choice about her marriage to begin with -- but she does choose to take a lover. We spent more of Turf or Stone focusing on the other characters, particularly the abusive husband, which was somewhat surprising.

There's also a surprising moment of hope at the end, which I wasn't expecting: Mary goes to court and the outcome is that she and her child are allowed to leave Easter, her husband.
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