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How Green Was My Valley (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 28 Jun 2001

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (28 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141185856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141185859
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd (1906-1983), better known by his pen name Richard Llewellyn, claimed to have been born in St David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales; after his death he was discovered to have been born of Welsh parents in Hendon, Middlesex. His famous first novel"How Green Was My Valley"(1939) was begun in St David's from a draft he had written in India, and was later adapted into an Oscar-winning film by director John Ford."None But the LonelyHeart," his second novel, was published in 1943, and subsequently made into a film starring Cary Grant and Ethel Barrymore. As well as novels including"Green, Green My Valley Now"(1975) and"I Stand on a Quiet Shore"(1982), Llewellyn wrote two highly successful plays, "Poison Pen"and"Noose.""


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Why oh why is this book not better known by a wider public? I first read it when I was about 13 years old, and was entranced by it. As someone who reads voraciously, I have returned to it from time to time, and am frankly amazed that I have never in my 30 years since then read a book to equal it in my enjoyment of the beautiful prose, the depth of the emotion it evokes in the reader, and my involvement in the life of the young Huw Morgan. Even though the experiences of a young Welsh boy and his community could not be further from my own, yet I have entered into them wholeheartedly and fully through the poetry of Richard Llewellyn's writing, and I don't think I will ever read a more profound yet simple story.
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How Green Was My Valley is truly a lost classic. Llewellyn could not have more beautifully recreated the long-gone world of 19th century Wales.
It is a slow book to get into, and at first it seems to be a shallow excercise in nostalgia. But the undercurrents soon appear, of politics and family tensions, that will grow and evolve throughout the course of the book.
Yet though the idyllic landscape of Huw Morgan's childhood is perhaps doomed from the outset, he - looking back on this time as an old man - can both appreciate his days with an adult's hindsight, and also through the eyes of his younger self.
The latter aspect is what makes this book a classic. I have not read another novel which captures what it is like to be a child so well. Aspects of the young Huw's character - his occasional arrogance, his fascination with mundane things - make sense when we consider what we were like at his age. But what is really astounding is how the excitement, joy, innocence and love of childhood are recreated by Llewellyn - when he writes of the sound of Welsh voices echoing round the valleys, it is as vivid as one of your own cherished childhood memories. However, Llewellyn is not merely dabbling in nostalgia. He portrays Huw growing up, and the mixture of bitter disappointments and greater joys and responsibilities this brings.
Throughout the novel there is a strong sense of character, yet tempered by Huw's narration. The result of this is that, though some of the characters (Huw's brothers, for example) are seemingly not totally fleshed out, this is clearly done on purpose. It's hard to explain, but Llewellyn sticks to his first-person narrator to the extent of only showing characters how Huw saw them at the time, whilst letting in a little bit of hindsight.
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I first read this book over 20 years ago. I was immediately immersed in the lives of the Welsh Morgan family and their mining community. I was also to find out the role we English had in the suppression of their language and culture.
I can honestly that this is probably one of the best books I have ever read.
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The novel was one written with true dedication and emotion. I have never read a story with such description and heartwarming events as this. A break from the typical romance or mystery, this novel has made its way as one that centers on a family that refuses to be broken. This tale reminds the reader of the importance of family, loyalty, and the rewards of such things. Despite the focus on family, this book lacks no adventure, romance, or excitement. A truly well-rounded book!! 5+ stars and 2+ thumbs up!!!!
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How green was my valley is a magical story of life in the South Wales Valleys. We meet our narrator Huw and follow his life through the ups and downs of life in a coal mining community. Although the novel could be described as romanticising the lives of the people of the Valley, it is difficult not to enjoy the tales of the hard working Morgan family. Llewellyn deals with the issue of the strike action without drowning us in the politics; we sympathise with the many hardships that were faced. How Green Was my Valley depicts a close - knit community at its very best, and also at its worst.
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When I began this book, I wondered about what had happened in this man's (Huw, the main character) life that made him look back in such sorrow. As I went though the joys this boy experienced as a child, the hope he had, I wondered what tragic event could change his life so. As Huw grew older, a few sour notes were added to the song of his life. But, no matter, they were accepted to be life. Going further and futher into the book more and more bad notes entered and the tune began to change. When I reached the end of the story, I relized how all those small things had made such a difference in Huw's life; that there was no one destructive incident that made him so sorrowfull, but many little pains. This book shows the small cruelties of men, the joys of a small gift, and the accurately portrays life. It makes you tressure all that you have, and apperciate all that you can do for your world.

-LJP
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Many years ago my 7th grade teacher made me read this book. It opened my eyes to the joy of reading. Among the thousands of books I have read since then, this book will always be the "best book I ever read". Thank you Mrs.Levine.
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I happened to see this old book in our municipal library a decade ago. I read it. Then I re-read it. I watched the Hollywood version of the book too. As I too born and brought up in a small hamlet with undulating topography and simple-hearted people, I lived myself through the story identifying with the young boy. Still I remember the visit to the Daffodles in the mountains with the Pastor. So enchanting story for me.
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