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Of Boys, Men and Mountains,
This review is from: Of Boys, Men and Mountains - Life in the Rhondda Valley (Paperback)I have read this book on several occasions and enjoy it more and more each time I read it.
I laughed aloud when I read about 'Deadeye' shooting the cockerel and, thinking it was dead, starting to pluck it, then, finding it was only stunned.
Again I laughed aloud when the writer, after consuming the dregs of the Christmas beer, vomitted over the cat.
You go from laughter to tears within a couple of pages. The book draws you into the Rhondda Valley in the 60's, when, even though they were 'cash' poor, they were rich in 'family'.
You feel for the writer when his uncle comes to live with the family and he cannot bear to be near him, only to learn to love him and share time with him.
I laughed until tears ran down my face when they went to the market and brought home the calf in a small car and it 'messed' on the floor of the back seat.
I lived in the Rhondda around the time of the book, and see many similarities in the games we played and the camaraderie between neighbours and friends.
It is a funny, sad and evocative novel, very easy to read and hard to put down. I recommend it.
'Littleone' of the Rhondda