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5.0 out of 5 stars Feet in Chains: living in Wales during the slate industry.
I really enjoyed this book, translated from Welsh into English, it was a engrossing account of life in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century. The characters were really well described, based as they were on people that Kate Roberts had grown up with.

What led me to buy this book was an account of an interview with Kate Roberts in 1979 when she was 88, by...
Published on 5 Sept. 2011 by M. B. Radford

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2.0 out of 5 stars A sad simple story
A very interesting introduction to the book, which gave the impression of the book being much more powerful than it was. A sad simple story, which I think is supposed to be much more political and have a lot more "bite" Sort of ended nowhere. I come from Wales and therefore was expecting much more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feet in Chains: living in Wales during the slate industry., 5 Sept. 2011
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M. B. Radford (Southampton, England) - See all my reviews
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I really enjoyed this book, translated from Welsh into English, it was a engrossing account of life in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century. The characters were really well described, based as they were on people that Kate Roberts had grown up with.

What led me to buy this book was an account of an interview with Kate Roberts in 1979 when she was 88, by Judith Cook in her book: Close to the Earth, Living Social history of the British Isles. Kate Roberts was the daughter of a slate worker, but had access to books at home. Firstly she won a scholarship to senior school - a rare thing in those days, then won another scholarship to Bangor university and attained a first class honours degree in 1904. Largely autobiographical, the novel describes the main female character as intelligent but unable to live up to her full potential. The children are described as the ones whose 'feet are in chains' because of the circumstances of their environment, of the slate mines and quarries.

The book is quite short, but so much is packed in I couldn't put it down and recommend it as much for an entertaining read as its social history content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Roberts not known enough, 5 Dec. 2010
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Translations of Kate Roberts' work should be much better known to non Welsh speakers. Given the usual point about work in translation not having as great an impact, her writing is so good and so evocative, at least people can enjoy much of the original in translation. This novel is heartbreaking at times as it tells the life and times of a Caernarfon family in the 1900s. Her other novels are excellent too as is 'Tea in the Heather', a collection of stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welsh Wizard, 16 Mar. 2003
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Feet in Chains is a fantastic, rambling, flawed travel through the lives of a quarrying family, based in part on Kate Roberts' own experiences. It begins with the arrival of the new wife, Sioned and proceeds through the lives of her children. It comes from a different age, a monolingual village in Caernarfonshire, one Roberts knew about from her childhood. The translation is patchy and doesn't give over the power of the original, but nevertheless allows non-Welsh-speakers a chance to experience Roberts' work. A classic Welsh novel that everyone should read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A sad simple story, 21 Mar. 2015
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A very interesting introduction to the book, which gave the impression of the book being much more powerful than it was. A sad simple story, which I think is supposed to be much more political and have a lot more "bite" Sort of ended nowhere. I come from Wales and therefore was expecting much more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent translation of a Welsh Language Classic, 22 Feb. 2014
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Tells the authentic story of a family and community in the quarrying district of North Wales where Kate Roberts herself was raised. Her boooks are said t by some to be 'women's books' but I enjoyed this and the subtlelty of her characterisation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feet in chains .....an emotional journey through North Wales ., 21 Mar. 2013
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I found this book rather hard to get into ,but once you are used to the way it is written it was so emotional it was hard to put-down .I feel I understand so many things about the Welsh and am so very glad I have read Feet in Chains .Thanks Kate ,beautifully written .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 17 Mar. 2013
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So nice to read a book that is set in Wales, very near to where I live. It has given me more of an insight into my ancestors way of life. The struggles, sadness and success of a welsh mining family!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard times, 9 Dec. 2014
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A gripping, at times grim, portrait of a hard life in North Wales. An intimate portrait of the dynamics of a poor family, dependent on the favour or otherwise of the slate quarry bosses. Read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 12 Jan. 2013
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Haven't read the book yet. But great value and the ease of buying books online makes it better and easier than going through stores.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 10 May 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book. It is very interesting and is well written. I would certainly recommend it to other people.
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