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Wild Wales [Paperback]

George Borrow
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29 July 2009
This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work. While some publishers have opted to apply OCR (optical character recognition) technology to the process, we believe this leads to sub-optimal results (frequent typographical errors, strange characters and confusing formatting) and does not adequately preserve the historical character of the original artifact. We believe this work is culturally important in its original archival form. While we strive to adequately clean and digitally enhance the original work, there are occasionally instances where imperfections such as blurred or missing pages, poor pictures or errant marks may have been introduced due to either the quality of the original work or the scanning process itself. Despite these occasional imperfections, we have brought it back into print as part of our ongoing global book preservation commitment, providing customers with access to the best possible historical reprints. We appreciate your understanding of these occasional imperfections, and sincerely hope you enjoy seeing the book in a format as close as possible to that intended by the original publisher.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bridge Books (29 July 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1844940586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844940585
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Englishman in Wales.. 2 July 2010
By Peter Buckley VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
It has been said you will likely learn more about George Borrow than about Wales when reading this book (1862). It is well worth reading, but the sub-title (The people, language and scenery) is very misleading! Borrow was a Norfolk man, with a passion for all things Welsh, and proud of the knowledge of Welsh he acquired from books. One of his many eccentricities was a habit of correcting the Welsh of his tolerant listeners! I hope by quoting the following encounter at an inn at `Gutter Vawr' (Goitre Fawr), a sense of his enthusiastic style and attitude may be discerned. This was after all, the era of Stanley and Livingstone ( "Dr Livingstone, I presume?"), and before the English went forth empire building, they practiced nearer home. Borrow was never slow to air an opinion, but displayed a generosity of spirit in contrast with many of his contemporaries. Most men of his standing, in the mid 1800's, would consider it beneath their dignity to even acknowledge the presence of the people Borrow happily converses with. What a contrast to today's hectic pace, was Borrows' casual scheme to leisurely walk the length of Wales!
"Universal silence now prevailed; sullen looks were cast at me, and I saw clearly enough that I was not welcome.
Frankness was now my only resource. "What's the matter, gentlemen?" said I; "you are silent and don't greet me kindly; have I given you any cause of offence?" No one uttered a word in reply for nearly a minute, when the old man said slowly and deliberately: "Why, sir, the long and short of it is this: we have got it into our heads that you understand every word of our discourse; now, do you or do you not?"
"Understand every word of your discourse?" said I; "I wish I did; I would give five pounds to understand every word of your discourse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really WILD Wales! 30 July 2012
By crablet
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a fascinating record of 19th century Wales! George Borrow may annoy with his arrogance at times but the record of Wales at a very different time is wonderful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book 3 Feb 2014
By John
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
So much talk about mid- wales and on prembrokeshine. more like to tell where to go, it good reading.Got it next day..
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