Ailargraffiad o nofel gyfoes bwerus yn cynnwys iaith gref a delweddau cignoeth am griw o ieuenctid ar ddiwedd yr 1990au yn byw mewn amgylchiadau trist o gaethiwed i alcohol a chyffuriau, anlladrwydd a throsedd. Cyhoeddwyd gyntaf yn 2000.
A second edition of a powerful novel comprising strong language and squalid images about a group of young people in the late 1990s drifting through a life of drug and alcohol addiction, promiscuity and crime. First published in 2000.
Planted uncomfortably in a small town on the west coast of Wales, Grits is the story of a group of young drink and drug addled drifters making their way in life, continually torn between addiction, promiscuity and petty crime in an angry search for something to hold on to. It is an outrageously compelling story. One of the best of the contemporary Welsh fiction writers, Griffiths once again plays to his strengths of contrasting soaringly beautiful, illustrative narrative snippets against his enviable technique of creating personal phonetic dialect that just seems so real. Literally dripping with the raw emotion of a situation many readers will simply not have experienced, Niall's work is an education, an experience and a joy to read.
No one quite portrays the downtrodden, encompasses the violent mood-swings, truly reaches into the psyche like Niall Griffiths. And it is this inherent honesty about his work that makes his disturbing words mean so much. Characters leap out of the page, each of their complex stories gaining momentum as the book proceeds. His use of adjectives too is wonderful, picking out the very beautiful – and dark – sides of life. One feels that Grits is at least semi-autobiographical; one could surely not portray the lifestyle in the way he does without having experienced it, and for this, the novel benefits greatly.
Grits is Griffiths's debut novel, followed, incidentally, by some more excellently crafted tales, and does a lot to explain the impact he has had on the Welsh literary scene. It must be said, that if you find violence, bad language and the gritty pace of down-and-out life distasteful, you should steer clear of this story; but if stunning realism, excitement and extraordinarily written social prose is your thing, then this book is a must!
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