How Green Was My Valley is Richard Llewellyn’s best-selling - and timeless - classic, as well as the basis of a beloved film.
As Huw Morgan is about to leave home forever, he reminisces about the golden days of his youth when South Wales still prospered, when coal dust had not yet blackened the valley. Drawn simply and lovingly, with a crisp Welsh humor, Llewellyn’s characters fight, love, laugh, and cry, creating an indelible portrait of a people.
Richard Llewellyn (1906-1983), a Welsh novelist, was born in Hendon, England, in the county of Middlesex. Before World War II, he spent periods working in hotels, wrote a play, worked as a coal miner, and produced his best-known novel, How Green Was My Valley, as well as 19 other novels. After the war, he worked as a journalist, covering the Nuremberg Trials, and then as a screenwriter for MGM.
©1939 1940 by Richard Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd; renewed 1967 by Richard Llewellyn (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A story of exquisite distinction and vibrant interest; clear and strong as the music under the sky.” (New York Times Book Review)
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
I loved it! Written in 1939, it is a classic... I've read and listened to it both now. Coal mining family in South Wales seen though the eyes of the youngest son. I loved the speech patterns, the taste of the food, the honor of work, the cultural flavor and the love of a family. I loved the slowly evolving plots and complex characters. You have to be patient with this book, it is not a Dr. Pepper or bar of chocolate book. It is a rich stew, with hearty vegetables, herbs and tender chuncks of beef. There are strikes, mine collapses, young love trysts, long held grudges, fist fights, pride and sorrow... there is a family that grows, swells and forms a spider web from the valley across the world. I will listen again, if just to jot down some of the Welsh sayings I love the most... like the courting couple they called "Kiss and Scratch' for either they were overly affectionate or fighting. Go you then.
What a joy it was to read this classic book that was the basis for the 1941 Oscar Award movie by the same title. As with most books, it was ten times better than the movie, which I also very much enjoyed.
This first person narrative of a small Welsh coal mining town from decades ago, could very well be a story in present day America. This tale of the joys, trials, comradeship, faith, family, and community was underpinned with the disputes of workers seeking better salaries. But it was the faith of God and love of family that ran through all the emotions that make up a great story.
I highly recommend this classic to everyone who has yet to read the book. Superior writing also made this book a real treasure for all times!
There are certain books that I have read from this era that were so good I felt like I had the opportunity to live in that time for a while, this is one of those books. This is more than an author detailing the life of his family for posterity, it captures the culture, the personalities, and the very detail of everyday life of all the people who lived in that community. This book does more than tell a story, it brings you into the story, you are involved and invested in the many triumphs and struggles that befall the Morgan clan. The story is told in a wonderful fashion as well and is unique as a piece of literature, beautiful in what is told and what is not, the narration is also top tier as well.
This book gets a strong recommendation
This story of a Welsh coal mining family and the village they live in is lyrically written and beautifully narrated. It is not a fast book, it is a book you listen to carefully, for the sake of the language. It is an old-fashioned book, that allows you to listen to someone remembering a time long gone and a way of life that has disappeared. The Morgan family is loving and loyal and tries hard to stay true to themselves and the ideals they were raised with, even as the world is changing around them and their small village becomes a place that is filled with bitterness and poverty. But if you just listen to the melody of the language and let the story flow, I believe that this book will stay with you and move you more than you may realize at first. I loved reading it years ago and I loved listening to it as well. If you are looking for a slower-paced listen and want to savor the language and writing, give it a try!
This books stands for itself decades after its publication. The only thing that bothered me was the narrator's pronunciation of some Welsh names, i.e., the name Angharad has a silent "g"
I am a book reviewer for a Mystery Group. My favorite types are mysteries, thrillers and suspense!! Audible has been a blessing!
I have loved this book forever it seems, BUT I had never had the pleasure of having it read to me. I cannot brag enough on the quality and presentation of this Audible Book. There is nothing that compares to listening to this beloved classic with the accents and the story of a large Welsh family trying to make a living during the coal mining days that were coming to a close forcing the village to make changes that will separate their family in sad and tragic ways ... but this inspiring tale brings everything good about families and the love that makes them so strong and resilient!!
The strong message it has about dignity, strength and courage.
What a joy it was to listen to his voice and FINALLY know how to pronounce the names correctly! lol
No, this is one of those books that you want to listen to a few chapters at a time and the rest of the day you can ponder its messages.
This is one of those classics you will want to listen to over and over again ...
If you're looking for a book that will help you escape, this book really isn't it. The language and descriptions are beautifully written, but the characters never really grabbed me. It reads more like a personal journal (being written in first person adds to that), and with only one side of the story, the other characters seem to fall flat. The narrator is a young man who is simple a rule follower to the point of missing some of the best parts of life (whether good or bad). The book just left me with a melancholy feeling, which is not what I want in escapist literature.
Say something about yourself!
Llewellyn's realistic, poetic, humorous tribute
Time travel; you become part of the village, the family, the landscape.
Cosham is often how I choose books; excellent narration; mastery of dialect and humor
See the existing film; deeply moving homage to singers and characters
A page-turner start to finish; subtle, surprising, vivid
Probably not, but one can never say never.
That's a tough question, because I'm not the author, nor do I know how his mind works. This is the story he wanted to tell, and it is told in his way, not my way.
I know it's a classic movie. I would probably watch it. I don't see it being a TV series, though. Not enough "meat" to keep it rolling for more than a season. Starring roles.... I didn't see anyone's faces in particular while reading it, so that would be a hard casting task for me.
I read/listened to this book because of a favorite episode of "Frasier" where Frasier just wanted to get through a hard day and watch this movie. I thought if Dr. Crane liked it, it must be worth seeing. I have yet to watch it. I was hoping for more in the story, I guess. It was kind of lackluster for me. But I am glad I read it finally.
I listened all the way until I had 2 hours left, hoping I'd change my mind. Finally threw in the towel. Characters are flat. There could have been a wonderful story and story within the story here, but the author has serious issues with ADD and character development. It read like a textbook. When the plot would finally have a tiny bit of interest, he would jump and I mean jump, not transition, to another character.
As frustrating as Dickens in my mind, but not nearly as humorous. Barely any moments of interest. Only stuck with it so long because my mom insisted I would like it.
Blah. Don't waste your time.
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