Young Gwenni Morgan is fond of strawberry whip, detective stories, and asking difficult questions. When a neighbour mysteriously vanishes, she resolves to uncover the secret of his disappearance. She truthfully records what she sees and hears: but are her deductions correct? What is the real truth? And what will be the consequences - for Gwenni, her family, and her community - of finding it out?
©2009 Mari Strachan (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
I live in a big house by the Baltic sea in Gävle, Sweden. I am married and have three teenagers and one dog. I read books, buy books and blog about books. If I don´t read I knit, sew or quilt.
It's not easy being 12 years old trying to understand what is happening around you when no one will tell you. Gwenni is a clever and imaginative child and wants to help, but so much goes wrong. She also wants to be a detective, trying to find out what happened to the missing man. In the little welsh town in the early fifties everyone knows about everything but do not talk about it - especially not to a young girl. It's a wonderful story and it is absolutely fantastic narrated. Sometimes there is a wonderful welsh singing in her voice which give the novel an extra dimension.
I think I'd have given four stars for the right reader. The pace is slow and gentle and for a modern 13 year old the protagonist would be too naive. But this is 1950s Harlech. The poverty and inwardness are very well captured and I like the pace. But why do we have a South Welsh reader? It's like hearing someone with a Somerset accent voicing folk from Yorkshire. I was putting up with it until Aneurin turned up. Even in South Wales nobody pronounces it "An-your-in". It drove me almost to screaming. BBC Wales or S4C could easily find someone more plausible. (In English-speaking South East Wales it's "An- eye-rin", hence Nye Bevan. In Welsh-speaking Wales it tends towards "An-aye-rin".) It's not that difficult to get it right.
"Great if you shave sleeping difficulties!"
When listening to this audio book I always fell asleep. A bit too slow for my taste. Not exactly action packed!
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