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The Life of Rebecca Jones Hardcover – 29 Mar 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857051369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857051363
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A gem of a short novel ... The fictional voice Price gives to her great-aunt compels and captivates' Belfast Telegraph. (Belfast Telegraph)

'Price's lyrical prose breathes an almost magical life into the narrative' Editor's Choice on World Literature Today.

'I defy anyone to read it and not be moved. It is like nothing I've ever read before' Historical Novel Society.

(Historical Novel Society)

'a peak of modern British writing' Boyd Tonkin, Independent. (Independent)

'A way of life is celebrated with dignity and nostalgia in a story beautifully unfolding towards an evocative revelation' Irish Times. (Irish Times)

'It is the most fascinating and wonderful book' Jan Morris. (Jan Morris)

'spare, beautiful language, at times biblical in its rhythms ... you will be in the state of exaltation that is conferred by the numinous' Literary Review. (Literary Review)

'such a simple and complicated book, beautifully written and recalled with love and a very keen eye' Mavis Nicholson. (Mavis Nicholson)

'Price's unaffected prose, interspersed with hymnic descriptions of Maesglasau, beautifully evokes a lifestyle that, like the Welsh language, is under threat' Sunday Times. (Sunday Times)

'Nature and poetry form important themes in Price's novel and it's testament to the translator that the rhythmic quality of her prose hasn't been lost' Emerald Street. (Emerald Street)

About the Author

Angharad Price was born near Caernarfon. A novelist, critic and translator, she has taught at Swansea Univeristy and at Cardiff University, and is now lecturer in Welsh at Bangor University. The Life of Rebecca Jones is her second novel.

Lloyd Jones' novel Mr Cassini was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year award.


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"The Life of Rebecca Jones" informs us of a truth that is moving and eternal.
To-day`s urbanised,materialistic world provides for many, a void ; the background
and foundation of Rebecca`s life in the countryside are fundamental and real,a wholeness.
This was a beautifully written book and sympathetically translated from the
original Welsh. Do not,however,conclude that this story is parochial- it
is universal.
I strongly recommend.
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Just finished reading the English translation of The Life of Rebecca Jones. It is a lovely book. I've ordered two copies to give as presents. Beautiful descriptions of a family's rural life in Wales in the twentieth century. It shows the freedom and also the constrictions of that life, especially for women.
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I don't want to gush about this slim, unassuming volume, but I urge everyone, everyone to read this incredible book.

The prose imagery which sets the scene at the beginning of each of the chapters is a truly inspirational, rooting the reader comfortably and deeply in the sparce landscape of the Welsh Hills. The trials, the daily continuance of life, death, hard work, tragedies, sacrifices and forbearance coupled with the ever encroaching spectre of the modern world - how will the family cope after working the land for a thousand years?

Rebecca is 'our' guide, 'our' sister and 'our' fast friend, negotiating with knowing footsteps through the geography of both the Maesglasau valley and her family. The twist at the end of the book astounded me.

A special thank you Lloyd Jones the translator for bringing this wonderful literature to this English reader.
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This was a book group read and I was so glad. It's a fascinating book and beautifully written. Translated from the original Welsh,it evokes life in rural Wales and you can visualise the characters and scenery vividly. Well worth reading.
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One of the most moving books I have ever read and I am in my eighties.. More fact than fiction..A marvellous depiction of a traditional Welsh family in a remote Welsh valley
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The translation is very good, the english is very simple but so thought provoking.The harsh life in all small farms in Britain during the early 20th century.
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This is the most charming story of life in a Welsh Valley, where Rebecca can trace her ancestry back a thousand years! It is beautifully told with the extremes of farming and family hardship against the tranquil valley where little happens and life moves repetitively from one generation to another. I love the twist as the end as Angharad Price keeps Rebecca so alive and vivid throughout.
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I really enjoyed this book , it really takes you back to the time and place when rural life in Wales was simple yet hard , but changes were coming . a good read , classic .
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