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Love from Blodwen

Margaret Wyles
ISBN-13: 
1854113593
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 1, 2004
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Love From Blodwen is a captivating memoir that takes the reader on a haunting journey through the life of Margaret, a small child who moved with her family from the valleys of industrial south Wales to rural west Wales in the 1930s. A curious and imaginative child, Margaret’s world is full of wonder and mystery, where the minutiae of Welsh folk traditions, chapel and rural life pervade her vivid mental landscape, offering us an almost magical view of an already vanishing way of life.

Our understanding of Margaret’s colourful world is deepened by the inclusion of letters from Blodwen, Margaret’s mother, to her close friend, Miriam. The humour and intimacy of these letters belie the harsh reality of the times, tracing a picture of a community facing the impact of Depression, World War, and economic, social and political upheaval on their daily lives.

Such a unique and private view of Wales has rarely been committed to record with such powerful and engaging prose. ’Love From Blodwen’ is a fascinating snapshot of a monumental time in which the trials and triumphs of one child’s family become the tale of how modern Wales - and the modern world - was forged.

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This is a lovely story about rural life in Wales in the 1930s. It would have been a help to me when I was writing my dissertation a few years back! It really gives you a great insight into what life was like back in rural Wales back then; a topic that I am not sure is covered that extensively. It holds a great interest for me, as my own Mam-gu (grandmother) would have probably lived like that & had the same thoughts and hopes as Blodwen. I also liked it as it approached the subjesct of war from a point of view that I have not heard documented that well before.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in life in the early 20th century from a Welsh perspective.

Customer review from Amazon, January 2008

22/12/2009 - 11:44
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This is such a well written story, with lots of warmth of character. Some subtle humour and lots of credibility.

The story of a young girl growing up in the west Wales countryside in more innocent times. Beautifully crafted.

Customer review from Amazon, January 2008

22/12/2009 - 11:43