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Land of the Living, The: Volume 5 - Open Secrets
Emyr Humphreys
ISBN: 9780708316269 (0708316263)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Tachwedd 2000
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
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Pumed cyfrol y gyfres Land of the Living yn adlewyrchu'r gwrthdaro rhwng teyrngarwch teuluol ac uchelgais bersonol wrth i gredoau gwleidyddol gwahanol yn y cyfnod yn dilyn yr Ail Ryfedl Byd osod straen ar berthynas Amy Parry a'i gŵr John Cilydd More.

The fifth volume of the Land of the Living sequence reflecting friction between family loyalties and personal ambitions as differing political beliefs in the aftermath of the Second World War place a great strain on the relationship of Amy Parry and her husband John Cilydd More.
This is the fifth volume of the seven-part ‘The Land of the Living’ series and appears as part of a much-needed reprinting. Amy Parry’s story is continued against the background of the Second World War and Humphreys’s unhurried prose chronicles her shifting relationship with her uninspired poet husband, John Cilydd More.

This is a world set adrift. Louse-ridden evacuee children arrive to be billeted with Welsh families while other refugees arrive, seeking sanctuary from further afield. Refugees such as the Jewish night-walker Hans, who falls for Amy. A secret kiss exchanged between them is seen by the sour sister-in-law Nanw. And a Wales where Welsh nationalism – as practised by poet John, fighting in vain to stop carefree Holiday Camps from opening up on the coast – is evolving at a pace. The poet’s convictions run counter to those of his beautiful wife, who is courted by the Labour party and offered the opportunity to stand for Parliament. The marriage rifts widen. Then John’s sister commits suicide by setting herself on fire, a terrible echo of Hiroshima. Towards the end of the book, Amy finds herself pregnant with her third child and considers termination – but the child, Peredur, is eventually born and baptised. But her sister-in-law Nanw’s death creates a chasm between her and her husband which takes us to a cliffhanger ending, as Amy prepares to leave.

Emyr Humphreys’s narrative voice is accessible, chiming perfectly with the quiet domesticity of the drama as it unfolds. It is tale of writer’s block and village shops, of molecatchers and red roadsters, along with life’s usual deaths and entrances. Open Secrets continues the story of one woman, and through her the history of Wales, and in particular Welsh-speaking Wales, in the last century. Amy’s confidence is that of emancipation and in that she is an archetype, a woman whose confidence mirrors that of the much larger sonority around her. The novel is part of an important series, a snapshot of a small nation’s psyche at a time of rupture and change.

Jon Gower

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