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Honno Classics: The Captain's Wife
Eiluned Lewis
ISBN: 9781870206983 (1870206983)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Awst 2008
Cyhoeddwr: Honno, Aberystwyth
Golygwyd gan Katie Gramich Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 185x123 mm, 206 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o Stoc Ein Pris: £8.99   
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Teithiodd Lettice Peters y byd ar longau ei phriod, ond bellach y mae wedi setlo gyda'i phlant yn ninas 'Sant Idris' yn sir Benfro. Dyma nofel sy'n bwrw golwg hiraethus ar gyfnod pan oedd y diwylliant Cymreig yn rhan naturiol o fywyd. Fe'i hysgrifennwyd adeg yr Ail Ryfel Byd, a chyhoeddwyd y nofel gyntaf yn 1943.

Lettice Peters travelled the world on her husband's ships, but has now settled with her children in the little cathedral town of 'St Idris' in Pembrokeshire. Written during the Second World War, The Captain's Wife looks back nostalgically on a period when the rhythms of traditional Welsh culture were still intact. This novel was first published in 1943.
First published in 1943, Eiluned Lewisís poignantly evocative second novel is reissued here as part of the excellent Honno Classics series, with a superb introduction by editor Katie Gramich. Set almost entirely in and around St Davids (which Lewis renames St Idris) in the early 1880s, The Captainís Wife is an exquisite portrayal of a family, a community and a way of life, as seen through the eyes of the eponymous captainís wife, Lettice Peters, and her young daughter, Matty.

Since her husband, John, is often away at sea for months at a time, Lettice has full responsibility for running the home and bringing up their four young children. Although she is happiest when John is at home, Lettice is gifted with a serene self-sufficiency and enjoys the respectful support, not just of her sisters and immediate family, but also of an extensive network of relatives and of the local community, all of whom are portrayed with great warmth. The male characters are likeable and sympathetic, but it is the women who are central here. In a rapidly changing world in which the traditions of rural life are being challenged by the coming of steam and the industrial age, women provide a sense of stability and continuity in their ability to adapt to change without sacrificing the values they hold dear.

The Captainís Wife is a quiet masterpiece that seems somehow to defy description. It is very much grounded in the particular Ė in its story, its characters, its period and setting Ė and yet it also captures the universal and addresses perennial themes and issues. This is a beautiful, subtle book that both enchants with its immediacy and leaves plenty to ponder.

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.

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Bywgraffiad Awdur:
Eiluned Lewis (1900-1979) was a novelist, poet, and journalist born near Newtown, Montgomeryshire. Her childhood forms the basis of her best-selling autobiographical novel, Dew on the Grass (Honno, 2006; first published 1934). The Captain's Wife is her second novel, and draws on the vivid memories of her mother, Eveline Lewis, a Pembrokeshire woman born and bred.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Edited by Katie Gramich who is a senior lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University. She has published widely on Welsh writing, and is the author of Twentieth-Century Women's Writing in Wales: Land, Gender, Belonging (UWP, 2007).

First published in 1943, this book will appeal to those interested in the historical novel, women's writing, and maritime fiction.

The stories are set in a lightly fictionalised St David's, Pembrokeshire and will appeal to those interested in Welsh writing in English.

Fifteenth in the Honno Classics series.
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