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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Prince of Wales, The
John Williams
ISBN: 9780747559757 (0747559759)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mehefin 2003
Cyhoeddwr: Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd, Llundain
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 216x135 mm, 250 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Ar gael Ein Pris: £9.99 
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Ysgrifennwch Adolygiad Cwsmer
Nofel rymus yn archwilio'r modd y mae trigolion hen ardal y dociau yng Nghaerdydd yn dysgu dygymod â chyfrinachau'r gorffennol ac â'u hunaniaeth ac yn addasu i golli hen ffordd o fyw yn sgil newidiadau sylweddol i'w cymuned ar droad y milflwydd.

A powerful novel exploring how the inhabitants of the Cardiff dock area learn to cope with past secrets and their identity, and how they adapt to the loss of the old way of life due to substantial changes wrought in their community at the turn of the millennium.
Devotees of John Williams's novels of Cardiff low-life will be relieved - though hardly surprised - to discover that his Prince of Wales is not Charles son of Elizabeth, devotee of organic farming and Georgian architecture, but a one-time porn cinema. Around this relic of a bygone age orbits a motley cast of characters swept along (waving, drowning, sometimes both) in the rat race that's contemporary city life.

First there is Bobby Ranger, black female pimp. Bobby has reached a watershed. The disappearance of old haunts - the Cardiff docklands, Tiger Bay - demands a new approach if her age-old trade is to survive. An upmarket relocation, website promotion. And then there is the question of Bobby's unknown-to-her father. The time has come to track down the mysterious Troy Thursday.

Second up is Pete Duke, Post journalist. Dissatisfied with his safe, unchallenging suburban life, Pete has upped and left his wife and kids, and now finds himself zipping along in the fast lane: booze, drugs, sex and danger shaken not stirred in a heady cocktail.

Linking these principals are the ambiguous figures of Kim, an ambitious maker of television documentaries, and Leslie St Clair, legendary ex-boxer, ex-singer and ex-porn king, now a member of a business consortium manoeuvring to develop a shopping mall. Rumour has it that in the obscure long-ago in The Prince of Wales, St Clair didn't stop at showing porn films - he made them too, with underage kids… The hunt is on to find the evidence, and to unmask him.

A cover-quotation from Niall Griffiths describes Williams as a Celtic tiger "roaring, ravening, streaked in blood, perpetually on the prowl". Well, maybe that's what he is in other books, but not in this one. The Prince of Wales is a soft-centred comedy fuelled by nostalgia (the author's diffused through the characters') for the passing of the old, rough but honest Cardiff, in favour of (L. St C's term) an "identikit city" of multiplex cinemas and chain-shops piled high with branded goods. Read the book for Williams's breakneck, colloquial prose, in which the memoried old and the brash new clash and achieve a working accommodation of sorts.

Richard Poole

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement 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.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
The Prince of Wales
Wedi Five Pubs, Two Bars and a Nightclub (Bloomsbury, 1999 a Cardiff Dead (Bloomsbury, 2001), daw The Prince of Wales i goroni'r gyfres gyffrous hon am fywyd yn ninas Caerdydd. Cafodd y trillyfr eu hysgrifennu ar drothwy datganoli, ac maent yn cyflwyno cymeriadau o isddiwylliant y dref sydd wedi diflannu bellach i raddau helaeth. Drama fodern yw The Prince of Wales wedi'i seilio ar ddau ddiwydiant llewyrchus ar lannau'r Daf, sef y cyfryngau a'r diwydiant rhyw. Yng nghanol y dygyfor mae Booby Ranger, pimp lesbiaidd, Les Sinclair, marchnatwr deunydd porn, Pete Duke, newyddiadurwr difflach, a Kim, merch ddrwg sydd yn gweithio i'r BBC. Mae pob un o'r pedwar yn aros i haul ddod ar fryn. Tybed a all Bobby ddod o hyd i'w thad? A fydd i Sinclair fynd 'r maen i'r wal cyn i'r ffeithiau am ei fusnes dan dn gael eu cyhoeddi? A ddaw Peter i ben i achub ei briodas? A gaiff Kim gyfle i fynd i Lundain i weithio? Mae sawl un arall yn y llyfr heb obaith am well fyd: Maria, un o ferched Bobbi, hanner canpunt y tro, wedi cael llond bol; Randall, colofnydd gyda'r Post ers oes pys a'r botel yn ddihangfa iddo. Mikey yw'r unig un sydd yn fodlon ei fyd: raso ar hyd yr M4 mewn Audi drud yw ei ddileit ef. Ond mae car arall yn y cysgodion: Saab du Kenny Ibadulla sydd yn dilyn Pete a Kim yn l i fan cychwyn yr holl helynt, sef hen sinema The Prince of Wales. Yn Five Pubs, Two Bars and a Nightclub a Cardiff Dead, bu John Williams yn disgrifio bywyd yng nghilfannau'r ddinas. Yn The Prince of Wales, dyma gyflawni'r gwaith gan ein tywys i'r brithdir lle mae'r defaid a'r blaidd yn cwrdd.
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