- 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: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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.
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.
This novel is written in the first person (by Rebecca) and lyrically describes life during the early part of the twentieth century on a family farm in a mid- north Wales valley. The farm has been in the family for generations and each chapter begins with a seasonal extract from a book of husbandry written by her great-grandfather.
The book begins with Rebecca’s parents arriving to take over the farm on their wedding day and follows her birth and her life as she grows up working on the farm and helping to look after her brothers, two of whom were born blind.
The two brothers were sent to special schools and because of this there was no money for Rebecca’s education. She stayed at home helping on the farm and working as a seamstress.
The book continues with delicate and convincing descriptions of the country and her life on the farm. She grows old and her parents die. This is an uplifting book and not sad – but the last paragraph on the final page may well bring tears to your eyes.
I strongly recommend this book but if you are one of those people who like to look at the ending of a book before reading it please don’t do it this time. And if you are lucky enough to be able to read Welsh do try the original Welsh version - O! Tyn Y Gorchudd gan Angharad Price . Mae e rhyfeddol!
The book is beautifully written and crafted. Price's prose is deceptively simple and straightforward. She chooses her words with great care and precision and makes every word count. One really appreciates her brilliant, mesmerising, writing in the passages in which she describes, for example, the Welsh landscape and a simple family photograph. Price's love of language is evident on every page. Indeed, her writing often seems more like poetry than prose, more like painting than writing. It reads like the meandering stream in Maesglasau valley that she describes so vividly in the early part of the book.
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Not the longest book, but every word counts.