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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857051369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857051363
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is the most fascinating and wonderful book' Jan Morris.

'such a simple and complicated book, beautifully written and recalled with love and a very keen eye' Mavis Nicholson.

'a peak of modern British writing' Boyd Tonkin, Independent.

'Price's unaffected prose, interspersed with hymnic descriptions of Maesglasau, beautifully evokes a lifestyle that, like the Welsh language, is under threat' Sunday Times.

'Nature and poetry form important themes in Price's novel and it's testament to the translator that the rhythmic quality of her prose hasn't been lost' Emerald Street.

'Price's lyrical prose breathes an almost magical life into the narrative' Editor's Choice on World Literature Today. 'I defy anyone to read it and not be moved. It is like nothing I've ever read before' Historical Novel Society.

'spare, beautiful language, at times biblical in its rhythms ... you will be in the state of exaltation that is conferred by the numinous' Literary Review.

'A way of life is celebrated with dignity and nostalgia in a story beautifully unfolding towards an evocative revelation' Irish Times.

'A gem of a short novel ... The fictional voice Price gives to her great-aunt compels and captivates' Belfast Telegraph.

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In the early years of the last century, Rebecca Jones is born into a tiny rural community in the Maesglasau valley in Wales. Her family has farmed the land there for a thousand years. Three of her siblings are afflicted with a genetic blindness, and this gives them the opportunity to be educated elsewhere and in time to find work. Rebecca and her one remaining brother are left behind to maintain the family farm, as the changes ushered in by modernity - the tractor, in due course the telephone, and ultimately the television - threaten the survival of their language and traditional way of life. Rebecca's reflections are delivered with haunting dignity and a simply intimacy, and her evocation of the changing seasons and of a life that is so in tune with its surroundings is rich and poignant. A poetic and beautiful work of fiction, The Life of Rebecca Jones is a powerful meditation on one family's passage through the twentieth century. It was an instant classic when first published in Welsh.


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gareth ap-Sion on 30 May 2012
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"The Life of Rebecca Jones" informs us of a truth that is moving and eternal.
To-day`s urbanised,materialistic world provides for many, a void ; the background
and foundation of Rebecca`s life in the countryside are fundamental and real,a wholeness.
This was a beautifully written book and sympathetically translated from the
original Welsh. Do not,however,conclude that this story is parochial- it
is universal.
I strongly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meic Haines on 30 July 2012
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Just finished reading the English translation of The Life of Rebecca Jones. It is a lovely book. I've ordered two copies to give as presents. Beautiful descriptions of a family's rural life in Wales in the twentieth century. It shows the freedom and also the constrictions of that life, especially for women.
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I don't want to gush about this slim, unassuming volume, but I urge everyone, everyone to read this incredible book.

The prose imagery which sets the scene at the beginning of each of the chapters is a truly inspirational, rooting the reader comfortably and deeply in the sparce landscape of the Welsh Hills. The trials, the daily continuance of life, death, hard work, tragedies, sacrifices and forbearance coupled with the ever encroaching spectre of the modern world - how will the family cope after working the land for a thousand years?

Rebecca is 'our' guide, 'our' sister and 'our' fast friend, negotiating with knowing footsteps through the geography of both the Maesglasau valley and her family. The twist at the end of the book astounded me.

A special thank you Lloyd Jones the translator for bringing this wonderful literature to this English reader.
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One of the most moving books I have ever read and I am in my eighties.. More fact than fiction..A marvellous depiction of a traditional Welsh family in a remote Welsh valley
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maureen price on 18 Jan. 2013
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The translation is very good, the english is very simple but so thought provoking.The harsh life in all small farms in Britain during the early 20th century.
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By Wenmarking on 9 Jun. 2013
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This was a book group read and I was so glad. It's a fascinating book and beautifully written. Translated from the original Welsh,it evokes life in rural Wales and you can visualise the characters and scenery vividly. Well worth reading.
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By marmie on 17 Mar. 2013
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I really enjoyed this book , it really takes you back to the time and place when rural life in Wales was simple yet hard , but changes were coming . a good read , classic .
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