Land of the Living, The: Volume 6 - National Winner
|ISBN: 9780708316511 (0708316514)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Tachwedd 2000 |
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, CaerdyddFformat: Clawr Meddal, 216x138 mm, 452 tudalen
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Chweched cyfrol y gyfres Land of the Living yn portreadu gwrthdaro parthed uchelgais rhwng Amy Parry a gwahanol aelodau ei theulu wrth i bob aelod geisio gwireddu breuddwydion personol mewn cyfnod o newid mawr i deulu a chymdeithas yn dilyn yr Ail Ryfel Byd.
The sixth volume of the Land of the Living sequence portraying the conflicting ambitions of Amy Parry and various members of her family as each member seeks personal fulfilment in a period of great change for family and society following the Second World War.
This is the penultimate volume of the seven-part series Land of the Living. Amy Parry, having married again, is now ensconced in an aristocratic world. She is Lady Brangor, keen on turning a hall into a centre for womens studies. We see the path taken to get her there. She develops cancer almost at the same time as she loses her poet husband, John. But this novel is as much about her children and their relationship to her.
The three brothers have followed very different directions in life. Peredur is an academic. At the start of the novel he is besotted with a student, Maxine, who doesnt stay with him long. His dour brother Bedwyr is a family man working long hours as an architect with an eye to the speculative venture. The chimeric Gwydion has been lost to the world of entertainment, to the stage where he has backed a Black Power musical called Infidel and the small screen, which has broken him financially. But by nefarious means hints of blackmail and borrowing the family Rembrandt he tries to get a job on the board of a television company.
One of the strung-wire tensions in the book derives from Gwydions attempts to resurrect an affair he had with Bedwyrs wife, Sian. Dark questions also hang heavy over the death of Peredurs father, the poet John Cilydd More, who died in clifftop accident, intimating suicide.
The novel confirms this, offering homosexual shame as the reason. There is talk of a memorial to him, even as his son struggles with the way in which he should remember him, or even understand him.
In this series of books about Amy, this is ultimately the story of the brothers. For even as Amy, Lady Brangor, nurses her dreams of establishing a womens cultural centre under the shadow of crippling death duties, they too have their destinies to deal with.
The book ends with a reunion, but there are fissures in the family. Amy is in her sixties and is still energetic. She has another book in her, and I look forward to reading the concluding volume of a series of novels which stands as the bedrock for Emyr Humphreyss reputation. By chronicling so many Welsh lives, and Welsh-speaking lives at that, he has given the readers, and the historians of the future, a rich store of insight.
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.
'The characters are splendidly human; consistent but surprising, as living
people are, regarding each other with affectionate intolerance, as living people do. Mr
Humphreys is skilful and percipient, but he has a rarer talent still: he appears to love
his fellow men.' Daily Telegraph
In National Winner, the sixth novel in the Land of the Living sequence, Amy
Parry appears to have reached a summit of affluence and influence. As Lady Brangor, the
widow of her third husband, she plans to create a cultural centre for women at Brangor
Hall. These ambitious plans are impeded by the obsession of her youngest son, Peredur,
with the mysterious death of his father, John Cilydd More, Amy's first husband, the poet
and National Winner of the title. Her devoted stepson, Bedwyr, and her other son Gwydion,
each with his own agenda and concerns, are also resistant to Amy's enthusiasms and
This is a family that has emerged from a tightly knit and recognisable society: each
now in his or her own way, in spite of obstacles, seeks a path to fulfilment in a post-war
period of unprecedented change.
Click here to read Emyr Humphreys's own views on the Land of the Living series
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