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Like Richard Llewellyn's beloved classic How Green Was My Valley, Vanessa Gebbie's The Coward's Tale richly evokes the tightly bound communities of old Welsh mining towns - their loyalties and betrayals, loves and losses. Like Llewellyn, Gebbie was brought up by Welsh parents in England. Unlike him, however, she took every opportunity to spend time in Wales throughout her formative years. Her sense of place is evoked with an authentic, dark beauty and a heightened, almost magical charm. Her prose is steeped in the cadences that surrounded her as a child. This rich tapestry of a novel is spellbinding and unforgettable.
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By danpri on 08-17-13
Like watching life from an airplane.
A detached and distant feeling pervades this audiobook. I spent the first few hours just trying to figure out who was who and what was going on. It was all too distant for me. So many characters with weird names. So many directions. At one point I went back online because I thought maybe this was a bunch of short stories.
Perhaps it all comes together after the 4th hour, but I had long since stop paying attention or caring.
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