Si Hei Lwli / Twilight Song (Trosiadau/Translations) Paperback – 1 Apr 2004
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About the Author
Angharad Tomos lives in Penygroes, Gwynedd. She is a prominent political activist, Welsh language campaigner, and a well-known Welsh-language author. She won the Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod in 1991 for Si Hei Lwli, and again in 1997 for Welen Gwawrio. She is also responsible for the popular childrens series, Cyfres Rwdlan. Elin ap Hywel is a celebrated poet, an experienced editor and translator. She hails from Wrexham, but currently lives in Aberystwyth.
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The needle's passing sixty seventy seventy-five eighty The world is rushing past at eighty-five miles an hour. The sun is hot, it's summer, and we're both out to enjoy ourselves. By my side, I feel the warmth of Bigw's body, her chestnut hair flowing in waves over her shoulders, her body, young like mine, on fire for excitement, for surprise, for the thrill of the unexpected.The sheer freedom of speed there's nothing like it. I believe people are born twice. Once when they slip from their mother's womb, the second when they pass their driving test. Ordinary, everyday experiences happen at an ordinary speed. The most extreme experiences come at you at extreme speed. Wheee! This is the life! The music filling my ears, it all reaches a fantastic crescendo as the road opens out in front of me. I'm free
Top Customer Reviews
Lisi, a ninety-year old now living out her final years in a Retirement Home, was given the nickname "pigog", meaning "spikey", by her nieces when they were children; one of these children was the mother of Eleni who narrates this novella together with Bigw.
Eleni, feeling rather guilty that she does not do more for her elderly relative, invites her out for a drive. Given the condition of her car, this might not have been the most sensible option. The journey offers a spine running through the book with both characters looking back on their lives, revealing tensions and frustrations. At the end, following Bigw's death and funeral, Eleni realises just how strong and determined Bigw was, and how Eleni herself will be able to capitalise on this knowledge in her own life.
The book deals very well with the difficulties of independence and growing old without a trace of sentimentality. Bigw looked after her father for a long time after her mother's death. After his death she lived on her own until illness and infirmity meant that she had to leave her home and live with Eleni and her parents. In due course she had to move again, into the retirement home which, unsurprisingly, she hates.
The backstories include that of Ellis, the one man in Bigw's life who might have offered her fulfilling companionship and her own family.Read more ›