My People Paperback – Illustrated, 23 Feb 1995
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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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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.
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.