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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Bloody Good Friday, A
Desmond Barry
ISBN: 9780224062015 (0224062018)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Ionawr 2002
Cyhoeddwr: Jonathan Cape, Llundain
Fformat: Clawr Caled, 216x135 mm, 208 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Archebir yn l y galw Ein Pris: £10.00   
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Nofel afaelgar yn defnyddio iaith gref wedi ei lleoli ym Merthyr Tudful ar Ddydd Gwener y Groglith 1977 wrth i wrthdaro rhwng gwahanol grwpiau cyferbyniol ffrwydro mewn terfysg hiliol, gyda chanlyniadau trychinebus.

A gripping novel using strong language set in Merthyr Tydfil on Good Friday 1977 when a clash between various opposing factions erupts in a violent racial riot, with tragic consequences.
This novel portrays violence carried out for the fun of it in a frontier town, as seen through the eyes of an outsider doomed to limp along behind outlaw friends, recording their wired excesses and fuelled machismo like a pub/court poet.

A Bloody Good Friday is very much in the Irvine Welsh tradition of despair and black humour pitched against extreme violence with occasional lyrical touches groping towards an insight into the human condition. Barry’s principal male characters stride like latter-day Cuchulains through all the epic opportunities offered in the estates and alleys of Merthyr Tydfil in the 1970s. The story’s narrator, Davey Daunt – Spazzy to his mates – opens the novel with an avowal to set down the true record of a spring night’s explosion of tensions and how they ultimately ended in the timely death of a lowlife nobody, or the demise of an urban hero, depending on your perception and sympathy with the character. Yet Davey himself is doomed always to follow in the wake of the wild men, held back by his polio-withered leg and heavy legbrace.

The differences between warring tribes of self-possessed gypsies, skinheads and good old Catholic boys are brought to a head in a flood of violence precipitated by the release of Davey’s friend, Macky, from prison. In the climax of the book, all the actors participate in an inexorable theatre of hate and violence against a backdrop of faded industrial town pubs, brick churches and takeaway restaurants. Yet there are redeeming flickerings of affection between a skinhead and his new girlfriend, who waits for him outside the police station after all his mates have continued their riotous career, while the storyteller himself attracts the girl of his heart’s desire by virtue of his role as court poet to the street warriors.

The author’s prose style swings between terse reportage and the high declamatory voice of early Celtic sagas. His characters stand tall, briefly in deep focus, before the circumstances of their lives overpower them.

Liz Saville

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