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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Going Under
Ray French
ISBN: 9780099455349 (009945534X)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Hydref 2007
Cyhoeddwr: Vintage, Llundain
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 197x129 mm, 349 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o Stoc - Archebir yn Űl y galw Ein Pris: £7.99 
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Y mae'r dyfodol yn edrych yn dywyll i Aidan Walsh. Gallai golli'i swydd oherwydd bod yr unig gyflogwr mawr sy'n weddill mewn tref gyffredin yng Nghymru yn paratoi i gau'r ffatri ac adleoli yn India. Ond mae gan Aidan gynllun. Y mae'r stori yn ymdrin â themâu serch, cyfeillgarwch, teulu a chymuned, a hynny yn gymysg â hiwmor, breuder dyn, dyfeisgarwch a buddugoliaeth.

The future looks bleak for Aidan Walsh. He stands to lose his job as the last major employer in a dead-end Welsh town prepares to close its factory and relocate to India. Then Aidan hatches a startling plan. This work explores the ties of love, friendship, family and community in a story of humour, human frailty, resourcefulness and triumph.
Aidan Walsh is in his mid-fifties; his wife is dead and his two children, Dylan and Shauna, are grown up and have left home. Aidan lives in a small industrial Welsh town and works for Sunny Jim Electronics – a company that has received massive Government subsidies to create employment in a run-down area. His daily routine comprises of work, a couple of pints in the pub with his mates, Russell, Wilf and Gwyn, and then home for a TV dinner. He is neither happy nor particularly unhappy. Life trundles on. But everything changes when Sunny Jim declare that they are closing down their factory and warehouse and relocating to India. Aidan and his friends and more than a thousand other workers will lose their jobs. Incensed by the decision, Aidan is goaded out of his lifelong apathy into individual political action – he decides to bury himself alive in his back garden to protest against the closure and draw attention to the workersí plight.

This is a gentle, warm-hearted story of the ordinary man taking on global capitalism. Whilst clearly addressing some major social and political issues, Ray French maintains a light-hearted and compassionate tone and keeps the focus on the individual. The relationships between the four middle-aged men are particularly well drawn and Aidanís relationships with his children have genuine depth and ambivalence. The psychological processes and change that Aidan undergoes as a result of being buried alive and becoming something of a celebrity, both in the local community and beyond, are convincingly portrayed, without too heavy a hand.

Going Under is an unpretentious novel, full of gentle humour and humanity and with some very funny and touching moments.

Suzy Ceulan Hughes

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Going Under
Going Under is a hilarious but poignant novel that touches on the universal issues of love, friendship, family and community in new and clever ways. It relates the story of one man's struggle against the 'man', about his unswerving determination to stand up and be counted in the face of increasing globalisation and multi-million pound business.
Aidan Walsh lives in the small town of Crindau in south Wales and feels that since his wife died he has been slowly slipping away and 'closing himself down' to his surroundings. That is until he stands to lose his job at Sunny Jim Electronics; the company intends to relocate the factory to India thus removing the last stable employer of the town. Aidan vows to do everything he can to save his job and the spirit of the community. He hatches an unusual and dangerous plan in order to persuade his employers to listen to him: he buries himself alive in a cardboard coffin in his back garden and vows to not return until Sunny Jim promises to keep the factory open. With the help of his family and friends, a powerful and impressive publicity campaign is launched to get Aidan noticed, first by local Crindau FM then nationally. During his time underground people come to think of Aidan as a confidant, he discovers that deep inside the community of Crindau people are suffering, afraid for their families. They come to rely on Aidan as the unlikely hero to lead the fight for what they believe in.
In Going Under French portrays the resistance a community can share when faced with hardship, with sincerity and acute observation of the human spirit. Aidan is an extremely likeable character who discovers, whilst underground, the value of appreciating friends and family. He teaches us how human resourcefulness and determination can still go far, inspiring the reader out of apathy and into action. French is a gifted writer who obviously has a deep admiration for his native south Wales as it becomes the setting for an ordinary man's battle and ultimate triumph.
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