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My People Paperback – Illustrated, 23 Feb 1995

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Seren; New edition edition (23 Feb. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907476813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907476818
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was the hardline pieties of chapel life for which [Evans] reserved his greatest rancour - a point well illustrated in Steffan Donnelly's adaptation . . . intense . . . Donnelly . . . weaves the tales into a form of increasingly nightmarish, collective hallucination that culminates in a bizarre beach party in which the deacons dance around in their swimwear.

About the Author

Justine Burley is Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore. Most recently, she was a Lecturer at the University of Oxford. She served as Fellow of the Institute of Medicine, Law and Bioethics (1995-1998) at Oxford and as Simon Fellow at the University of Manchester (1998-2002). She is editor of The Genetic Revolution and Human Rights (1999) and Dworkin and His Critics (Blackwell, 2004).


John Harris is Sir David Alliance Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester where he is also Director of the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy and Academic Director of the Institute of Medicine, Law and Bioethics. He is the author of Violence and Responsibility (1980), The Value of Life (1985), Wonderwoman and Superman (1992), and Clones, Genes and Immortality (1998). He has also co-edited Experiments on Embryos (1990), Ethics and Biotechnology (1994), and The Future of Human Reproduction (1998).

John Harris published and edited Seven Persons Repository and Repository magazine in the 1970s after completing his PhD at McGill in Montreal. In addition to teaching at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC, he also operates the Repository Press, specializing in travel books. His writing has appeared in "Open Letter", "Capilano Review", and "Vancouver Review".


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When "My People" was published in 1915, it became a book that was acclaimed by the English and detested by the Welsh. Evans uses his novel to portray the religious upheaval that Wales was undergoing. His use of Welsh-English dialogue and purposely incorrect translations is a technique that caused outrage within the Welsh rural community. The book contains fifteen stories, all inter-related outlining the lives of the inhabitants of Manteg. "My People" also details the customs and traditions unique to the locality, but it's handling of such beliefs gave it an "anti-Welsh" perspective. This is not a book that is easily read by those who have no grasp of the Welsh language as it has the ability to lose its genius to those who do not understand its purpose.
It cannot be doubted that this book highlighted the chasm between the Welsh and the English; on the one hand it was described as "the best literature that came out of Wales," but on the other, Welsh reaction to the book was severely hostile.
This is a book that caused a literary sensation and was critically acclaimed as a text worthy of comparison with the work of famous writers such as James Joyce.
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I've only read half of it and having been reared in rural Wales over three-quarters of a century ago the impression I get so far is that Caradoc Evans has picked up most of his material from books. Doesn't sit in comfortably with my memories or the tales my tadcu told me but I must admit to enjoying the read.
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Finished on a springlike morn and how glad I am to have found and read this short collection of west walian tales from over 80 years back. Seren Classics have beautifully packaged this slim volume,with old pictures and a long essay on the background to these tales.
Evans,a journalist from Carmarthenshire,has created a dark world of spiritual anguish,fed by the local non-comformist chapels who lord over their subjects with austere biblical manners. The language is that of the bible,fused with welsh sayings,vernacular phrases and cadences. There are about 12 little stories all concerned with the local area of Carmarthenshire where he grew up.
In some the action is almost viciously dark and bleak, old Nanni who dies with her face being eaten by rats,the preacher who keeps his mad wife confined to his hayloft,the young lover who kills his girl and her tempter alongside cardigan bay. In other tales it is more subtle but this a bleakly realistic work,Evans rarely lets the true face of welsh peasantry be covered by a lace veil and while in some places this seems very unforgiving,in others it makes you think of how the religious authorities in west wales had replaced the landowners with their codes of conduct and blind faith.
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A collection of short stories that give an unsympathetic view of the people of rural Wales and which made its author rather notorious. The characters are devious, hypocritical, lustful, greedy and not always very intelligent. It's all a little over the top but great fun.
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This book is of historical interest. Its attack on Welsh chapel religion caused a furor when it was first published. The book consists of short stories which illustrate man's inhumanity to man, religious bigotry and the ill treatment of women. The author presumably was expressing his personal feelings about the treatment of his widowed mother and her children. The topic of religion in Wales seems of little relevance today now that most of the chapels are closed. Well written and worth reading especially by students of Welsh social history.
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