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I approach them with hesitation. I stare into the still waters, fearing their hold on my memories.

In terror I see my own history in the bottomless depths. On the whole, Rebecca relates the ups and downs calmly, making a hard, bitter life sound calm and desirable.

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The Life of Rebecca Jones

The original title O! While the plot, as it is, is fairly simply, the book is wonderfully descriptive. It opens our eyes to a life that seems light years away, but is, in fact very similar to that lived by our own grand-parents and great-grand-parents. The family live a life dictated by the elements, matters revolving around seasonal events such as harvest time and shearing.


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My father never offered to help. However, not all change is for the better, and as helpful as these innovations are, they actually help to speed up another trend, that of the demise of the local way of life. As Rebecca sits in her ancient cottage in the twilight of her years, she sees the demographic shift sweeping across the valley, with young Welsh people moving away and the middle-class English moving in to enjoy the idyllic scenery.

She also sees into the future, predicting the gradual, yet inevitable, erosion of the status of Welsh, as English becomes used in more and more places, eventually displacing the local tongue. In this way, a book about the passing of one old woman becomes representative for the decline of an ancient language and culture….

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The Life of Rebecca Jones is a fascinating book and a rather personal one for the writer. I enjoyed the challenge of the Welsh words and place names scattered throughout the text, but those who might be a little more daunted by this are catered for too. In short, this is a beautiful tale of rural life and a search for tranquillity in an ever-busier world.

But in the tumult of life it is not easily felt. And as we age, our search for it becomes more passionate, though never easier. I've come across this book several times but your review really makes me want to read it. The aspect you mention of modernisation arriving in secluded parts of the English or Welsh countryside reminds me a bit of Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie, but I don't know how far that's a valid comparison. Like Like.

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Tony — great review of a memorable book. I read this some time ago, but it's a work that has really stuck with me.

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I hadn't come across this book until I read your review and it sounds excellent. A close friend would love this, I'm sure — her family has lived in Wales for generations, so I'll pass along your post.


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Jacqui — Yes, anyone with a connection to Wales will undoubtedly feel some of Rebecca's sense of loss…. I felt this was a world now gone I was remind of dlan thomas and r s thomas poems when I read this book. Stu — Sadly, I've never read Dylan Thomas, a terrible oversight. On February 9, , the Welsh language was officially recognized within Wales. Hummingbirds Between the Pages by Chris Arthur. Summer Reads In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri. Browse: The World in Bookshops , Ed. Henry Hitchings. WLT celebrates its th issue with features on contemporary German-language women writers and authors who overcome obstacles of political upheaval and censorship in Iran, Iraq, and Palestine.

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