on 27 June 2014
As someone who considers the poetry some of the finest in the English language, but is not deep into Thomasology I enjoyed this gossipy piece of good quality journalism. I suspect there is not much that is new about Thomas's life for those well acquainted with the abundant previous biographies and memoirs. But there may be some new material on some of his friends, especially the author's father, the not insignificant painter, Fred Janes, whose three portraits of his friend Dylan give the book its title. For me the most interesting feature about the book is its portrait of a fairly close knit community of cultural icons, with modest social backgrounds, from the small city of Swansea. Had they been Londoners, and had more money behind them, one can't help feeling they would have become as well known as the Bloomsbury set.
on 15 August 2014
I enjoyed this book very much, not only because Dylan is my favourite poet, but as the author, her family and Dylan were family friends. So places and names are all familiar to me. However, this book has clarified fuzzy areas and filled in many gaps in my knowledge and understanding of the life of Dylan and his piers.