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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Ten Seconds from the Sun
Russell Celyn Jones
ISBN: 9780316730815 (0316730815)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Chwefror 2006
Cyhoeddwr: Little Brown, Llundain
Fformat: Clawr Caled, 222x140 mm, 324 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o Stoc - Adargraffu Ein Pris: £14.99 
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Nofel bwerus am beilot ar y Tafwys, sydd wedi ei orfodi i guddio'i wir hunaniaeth rhag pawb arall, a'i wraig, sy'n rhedeg asiantaeth garu.

A powerful novel about a Thames River pilot, who must forever live under a false identity, and his wife who runs a dating agency.
Ten Seconds from the Sun is a hot novel! From the opening pages, the heat of the summer sun is unbearable. Reading this book is like waiting for the weather to break and, just when you think you canít bear the scorching heat any longer, the storm still does not come.

Ray Greenland is a man who lives too close to the sun. His life is just too hot, cooled only by the flowing of the Thames where he earns his living as a river pilot. Ray lives in a constant state of anticipation, waiting for disaster and destruction to occur at any moment, for his present to be swallowed up in the inferno of his past. Ray is not who he appears to be, a decent, honest family man who lives for his wife and, in particular, his children. Rather he hides a dreadful secret that he cloaks and covers in an eiderdown of lies and deception. In the name of protecting his family, Ray has created an identity for himself that masks a dreadful act he committed when he was only twelve. Even Ray has begun to forget who he really is, aware only of the constant sense of danger. And of course it will out. Ray, or should I say, Markís past catches up with him while the reader and the central character are left to endure the tension of eventual revelation.

Ray was for me, however, an unbelievable character, in the literal sense. He is the creation of a master novelist who forces the reader to care, and yet I could not ultimately empathize with a man who is, after all, a serial liar. Ray sees himself as a loving father and husband, a family man whose very job is to guide others to safety. Yet he is destructive in every sense, a vampire sucking on other peopleís happiness. This is a disturbing novel. We are, when all is said and done, what our experience has made us and Ray is a character whose experience has made him untrustworthy. Whatever his actions, be they in the guise of goodness or iniquity, Ray is a weak man who does and says what he does and says simply to get what he wants, which is acceptance. And yes, that is very human, in which case you may find the end of the novel redemptive. I am still not sure that Ray isnít just playing a different part to suit the circumstance. I recommend you read Ten Seconds from the Sun and make up your own mind.

Stephanie Tillotson

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 ganiat‚d Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Ten Seconds from the Sun
At the age of twelve, Ray Greenland is found guilty of a horrific crime. Released on license ten years later, he is obliged to tell the probation service if he marries or has children. We meet him in middle age with a job, a wife, Lily, two children and a nice home. Risking re-imprisonment, Ray fails to inform the state that he has married. He also keeps his past secret from his family, leaving himself open to blackmail from his half-sister Celestine. This literary thriller's greatest strength is the observation and technical authenticity which accompanies the portrayal of Ray working on the Thames tugboats, which brings to life one part of London's history. Oystermouth in south west Wales is also vivid, despite the place being real to Ray only in a borrowed alibi of another's childhood. Suspense is gamely handled, as within months of Celestine's reappearance Ray has run into debt; planned and attempted to kill her; assisted her boyfriend's disappearance downwards from London Bridge; lied about it all, and "kidnapped" his own children. This is a novel where themes of fatherhood, loss and displacement are explored at a sensual level, through the story and its poetry. As Ray begins to accept the damage done to Celestine by their father, there is also hope that he himself will be forgiven by those closest to him. Ten Seconds from the Sun is shaped from the physical world of fire, water, bridges and streets. The writing, however, is best at its simplest: observing, recording, packing the punch: "...the woollen sweater with the hood, the red one with a hood. I think it was red, the one with the fur collar and cuffs wet with lighter fuel, four cans of lighter fuel and I say Put in on."
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