How Green Was My Valley

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I also loved seeing how the entire village gets together when Huw’s brother and sister are married (a double wedding), from cleaning and decorating to preparing the feast, or how the family helps and supports others when one strike causes many families to be on the brink of starvation. One by one, his brothers began to leave Wales, a sign of shrinking opportunities for young people in the country. Sing, indeed, with shoulders back, and head up so that song might go to the roof and beyond to the sky. I was disappointed with where the story ended, I would have liked to know more about Huw's family and the valley. Try as you might to confine your reminiscences to a specific period in time, distant memories creep up on you and demand to be felt again.

I especially liked the emphasis on faith and the fact that the mother was so careful about planning for her family’s well-being. The Morgan family of boys who contributed by handing their paltry pay packet to their mother who in turn rationed it out for food and then saved a bit for "the box" of family savings, While this is a tough story about hard times it is also a heart-warming story of men and women of faith who drew strength both from their own upbringing, their family, and those whom they loved.Gwil and Beth's relationship was beautiful though, the love they had for each other was so pure and sweet. I didn’t even really get into the role of the landscape and nature in the book, a Hardyesque aspect to it, and it’s a wonderful read. And I wonder how much he came in contact with Welsh Nonconformism, because the chapel was a part of his story but it definitely didn't have the same effect I see even in more modern Welsh work like Emyr Humphreys'.

How Green Was My Valley is a 1939 novel by Richard Llewellyn, narrated by Huw Morgan, the main character, about his Welsh family and the mining community in which they live. I can't use the same medium as the book - words - to praise it in any way that is better than what the book does with that same medium. BUT, it just felt so incredibly slow for most of the book, and I found the self righteousness of the characters (and of the time) to grow stale and repetitive.

I guess that's it, though: it's nostalgic and sentimental and it lets the reader feel all weepy about industrialised Wales, without anger or overt political leanings. I simply looked around online and it was quite by chance that I came across Richard Llewellyn’s How Green Was My Valley. It was delightful to just read about Huw growing up and his everyday life in the valley and the simplicity and struggle of it all. He'll describe a self-righteous man looking up with eyes "hurting in goodness" or innumerate the beatings of his heart and lyrics tumbling away to Forgot as he stands in church to sing a solo.

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