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Angharad Price , Lloyd Jones
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6 Mar 2014

In the early years of the last century, Rebecca is born into a rural community in the Maesglasau valley in Wales; her family have been working the land for a thousand years, but the changes brought about by modernity threaten the survival of her language, and her family's way of life.

Rebecca's reflections on the century are delivered with haunting dignity and a simple intimacy, while her evocation of the changing seasons and a life that is so in tune with its surroundings is rich and poignant. The Life of Rebecca Jones has all the makings of a classic, fixing on a vanishing period of rural history, and the novel's final, unexpected revelation remains unforgettable and utterly moving.


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (6 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085738712X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857387127
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'How does it feel to write a classic novel? This is what Angharad Price has managed with The Life of Rebecca Jones' Tom Payne, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Life of Rebecca Jones" 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Life of Rebecca Jones 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 25 Jun 2014
By Lizzie
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A wonderful book. Very atmospheric and keeps one enthralled with the story . One is transported into the welsh way of living , a beautiful piece of writing .
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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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