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The Alone to the Alone (Library of Wales) Paperback – 21 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books; Reprint edition (21 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905762968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905762965
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The condemnation of capitalism comes over loud and clear, yet it's so resolutely low-key as to resemble a Welsh Last of the Summer Wine. --The Guardian

About the Author

Gwyn Thomas was born in the Rhondda Valley, in 1913. Mass unemployment and widespread poverty in South Wales deepened his radicalism. After working for the Workers Educational Association he became a teacher, first in Cardigan and from 1942 in Barry. In 1962 he left teaching and concentrated on writing and broadcasting. His many published works of fiction include The Dark Philosophers (1946); The Alone to the Alone(1947); and All Things Betray Thee(1949). He also wrote several collections of short stories, six stage plays and the autobiography A Few Selected Exits(1968).


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Gwyn Thomas is a writer who manages to combine, quite brilliantly,laughter and sharp social comment. His characters speak with an eloquence that is so rich you can hear the Welsh tongues caressing the vowels, yet their appeal is universal. Thomas has a stream of eoluquence that never flags. But beneath the humour lie important reflections on life among those who have very little. It is a potent mixture.
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This books captures the wit and intellegence of a discarded generation of Welsh Valley people.

The main protagonists are a group of resilient, unemployed, self taught residents of the Valley terraces. They have a view on the ways of the world as it affects the the small area of the Valley in which they live -- even Carmarthenshire is a universe away.

These "terrace philosophers" are also men of relative action, not to change the world, but to give a leg up those who are struggling even more than they are.
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A beutifull writer who has the feeling for the time it was written,He grew up in the region and must have had a lot of takes toled to him as a youngster. He writes with emotion and humility,a good read.
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This book is by a well known Welsh author and is the best description of the Welsh valleys, between the wars, that I have read.
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