The Life of Rebecca Jones Hardcover – 29 Mar 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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
I strongly recommend.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A modern classic.
Not the longest book, but every word counts.
More of a documentary of Welsh country life than a fictional story.Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Barbara A. Darwell
A wonderful book. Very atmospheric and keeps one enthralled with the story . One is transported into the welsh way of living , a beautiful piece of writing .Published on 25 Jun. 2014 by Lizzie