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The Coward's Tale by Vanessa Gebbie
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Dec 16, 2011

it was amazing

An original novel, and wonderful! The tale of a community. Individual life stories weave round each other like the streams and the wind weave round the Welsh village, home to the Kindly Light mine, whose tragedy has left its stamp on every family. Revelations are uncovered, more often than not with roots in generations past. We enter the inhabitants’ lives, the complexities of their relationships, details of the domestic activities that ground them, as well as their dreams. We begin to understand their peculiarities -- only peculiar until we know their reasons. Questions about them are raised and answered, although maybe some questions are never answered. The voice is Welsh, demotic and poetic, often humorous and sometimes, for example in the final pages, visionary.

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