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Wild Abandon
Joe Dunthorne
ISBN: 9780241144060 (024114406X)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Medi 2011
Cyhoeddwr: Hamish Hamilton Ltd., Llundain
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 233x152 mm, 256 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Archebir yn ôl y galw Ein Pris: £12.99   
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Ffuglen wyddonol. Mae brawd a chwaer, Kate ac Albert, yn ceisio dianc wrth iddynt sylweddoli taw nhw'u dau o bosib yw'r ddau olaf sy'n byw ar ddaear. Mae'r fferm y magwyd y ddau ohonynt arni yn dadfeilio, a phriodas eu rhieni wedi darfod.

Kate and Albert, sister and brother, are not yet the last two human beings on earth, but Albert is hopeful. The secluded communal farm they grew up on is - after twenty years - disintegrating, taking their parents' marriage with it. They both try to escape.
Wild Abandon is Joe Dunthorne’s second novel. His first, Submarine (2008), which he started writing while he was on the creative-writing MA course at the University of East Anglia, received some acclaim as a Welsh, twenty-first-century coming-of-age novel and was turned into a film in 2010. It’s a hard act to follow but, though received a little more coolly by the critics, Wild Abandon has been shortlisted for Welsh Book of the Year 2012 and looks set, like its predecessor, to be turned into a film.

Precocious eleven-year-old Albert and his seventeen-year-old sister Kate have grown up on a communal small-holding in south Wales, and we first meet them milking the goats. Kate is milking her favourite goat, Belona, and quietly enjoying the warmth and familiarity of the early-morning task; Albert is busily forecasting the end of the universe, as foretold by the Mayans and propounded by the community’s doom merchant, Marina. The prophecy is as yet unproven, but there is little doubt that Albert’s own small world is slowly but surely falling apart. Members of the community are dwindling in number and increasing in age. Kate is desperate to escape and live in the ‘normal’ world. The relationships between the community’s founders – Kate’s and Albert’s parents, Don and Freya, and their love-struck, drug-bingeing friend Patrick – are fraying at the seams. And, frankly, nobody has much of a hold either on external reality or on their own sanity. No wonder Kate wants out!

Dunthorne’s incisive wit is once again very much to the fore, but the initial comic tone gradually shifts into a nightmarish vision of brainwashing and psychological damage. While the adults pursue a drug- and ideal-fuelled dream of alternative living that harks back to the 1960s, the youngsters display increasingly sociopathic tendencies. Seeking refuge in the middle-class home of boyfriend Geraint, Kate eventually has to accept that, ‘where she had hoped to find suburbia’s dark and seething underbelly, she had found the potbelly of contentment’.

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.

Gellir defnyddio'r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Diweddarwyd ar 19 Hydref 2011
“It’s me that should be crying. I’m younger than you.”
He caught the tear and rubbed it under his armpit.

Meet the brilliant eleven-year-old Albert and his seventeen-year-old sister, Kate. They grew up in a commune in south Wales but the world, as they know it, is about to change. ‘The greasy palm of puberty’ is fast approaching Albert, while Kate is stepping into young adulthood. And now, after twenty years of effort, the commune is disintegrating taking with it their parents’ marriage and, possibly, the sanity of some of the community’s members. Kate escapes to suburbia while Albert becomes obsessed with the idea of the end of the world. It’s imminent.

As with his debut novel, Submarine, Joe Dunthorne’s wit is felt throughoutWild Abandon. The characters’ behaviour is often ridiculous and sometimes painfully embarrassing, but the author’s warm affection makes it easy to like them and to enjoy getting acquainted with them. For its side-long take on Wales, the lovely, messed-up, hopeful family of characters filling its pages and, definitely, for the exceptional Albert, this book is undeniably one of the books of the year.
Cyfnewidfa Lên Cymru / Wales Literature Exchange
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