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Book Title: A Child's Christmas in Wales|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 354 KB
v The author of the book: Dylan Thomas
Edition: David R. Godine Publisher
Date of issue: December 1st 2014
ISBN 13: 9780879233396
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Read full description of the books A Child's Christmas in Wales:My artistic, flighty mother, who's in her 70's, flits in and out of my life, leaving quirky gifts behind. Sometimes they go straight to Goodwill (used clothing, cheap knickknacks); sometimes they're useful (a type of mop she particularly loves?); sometimes they're delightful (my grandmother's sterling silver set, books that have moved her, beautiful impressionistic landscapes that she paints in oils or watercolor).
This book was one of my mother's more recent gifts; she dropped it on me a month or so ago when she was visiting, with very little explanation. But it's nostalgic and old-timey and European-flavored, which are sure-fire appeals to her sensibilities (and often mine). It's also got Dylan Thomas' lovely, poetic writing:Years and years and years ago, when I was a boy, when there were wolves in Wales, and birds the colour of red-flannel petticoats whisked past the harp-shaped hills, when we sang and wallowed all night and day in caves that smelt like Sunday afternoons in damp front farmhouse parlours . . .Dylan Thomas was a Welsh poet who lived a short, intense life (he died of his excesses when he was only 39). He disliked being regarded as a "Welsh" writer and had no use for Welsh nationalism. And yet he came up with this beautiful, lyrical tribute to his childhood Christmases in the coastal town of Swansea, Wales, in the early 1900's, "before the motor-car, before the wheel, before the duchess-faced horse, when we rode the daft and happy hills bareback, it snowed and snowed." There's no real structure to this short book; it's more a grab bag of random childhood Christmastime stories, filled with boys' mischief, Useful Presents and Useless Presents (the best!), and relatives who indulge in a little too much parsnip wine.
Short, affectionate and poetic, this is a sweet tribute to bygone days and those Christmas memories that linger through the years.
Read information about the authorDylan Marlais Thomas was a Welsh poet who wrote in English. He is regarded by many as one of the 20th century's most influential poets.
In addition to poetry, Thomas also wrote short stories and scripts for film and radio, with the latter frequently performed by Thomas himself. His public readings, particularly in America, won him great acclaim; his booming, at times ostentatious, voice with a subtle Welsh lilt, became almost as famous as his works. His best-known works include the "play for voices" Under Milk Wood and the celebrated villanelle for his dying father, 'Do not go gentle into that good night'. Appreciative critics have also noted the superb craftsmanship and compression of poems such as 'In my craft or sullen art' and the rhapsodic lyricism of Fern Hill.
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