Under Milk Wood: The Definitive Edition Paperback – 8 May 2014
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"This book is an intriguing translation project from poetry and sound to image, and provokes consideration of Thomas translation of real observations and eavesdroppings into fiction." Tracey Warr, "New Welsh Review"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Dylan Thomas's classic radio play reprinted to celebrate the centenary of his birth. A true masterpiece that has never been out of print.See all Product description
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last found an old copy published by Dent in 1957, from Carmarthenshire Rare Books.
This is an acting edition with all of the authors notes, intended characters and songs included.
Dylan Thomas was only a couple of month's away from death when this play was completed
despite having worked on the theme for nearly ten years and this edition is regarded as his
final re-write before his death in 1953.
Set in the fictional sea town of Llaregyb, we learn of the dreams, hopes and aspirations of the
sleeping townsfolk during the early hours of one morning, first through a narrator, First Voice,
then as the play unfolds we are introduced to the characters daily lives.
I first heard it as a BBC production which was ideally suited to this "play for voices" with the
late Richard Burton being the narrator and other great character actors like Hugh Griffith,
Rachel Thomas and Rachel Roberts.
Although my copy has some foxing to its 101 pages, it is of good hardback quality and perfectly
readable for a book that is 60 years old.
Individual characters come alive through their own voices and through the gossip of others, spread by the postman and by neighbors. When night falls and the residents retire, their additional losses and disappointments, along with their escapes into dreams, are given voice and poignancy. Polly Garter, with her numerous children by numerous fathers, dreams of Willie Weasel, a very small man who was the love of her life. Captain Cat, the blind bell-ringer, thinks of all the sailors he knew who died at sea and Mr. Pugh dreams of poisoning his wife.
Simple songs add to the realism and the sense of character and place. An elegiac song by Polly Garter, as she remembers Willie and compares him to her other lovers, conveys an almost palpable sadness and makes Polly one of the most memorable characters. A humorous singing game by children adds to the realism, and young Gwenny's song to three very young boys is full of cheeky humor. Filled with the hurly-burly of everyday life in a small town in 1950s Wales, this and A Child's Christmas in Wales are among Thomas's most beloved works. Mary Whipple
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