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O! Tyn y Gorchudd - Hunangofiant Rebecca Jones (Cyfrol y Fedal Ryddiaith 2002)


O! Tyn y Gorchudd - Hunangofiant Rebecca Jones (Cyfrol y Fedal Ryddiaith 2002)

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Author: Angharad Price

ISBN: 9781843231684
Publication Date: 22 October 2019
Publisher: Gomer, Llandysul
Format: Paperback, 173x119 mm, 152 pages
Language: Welsh

The prize-winning entry in the 2002 St David's Eisteddfod Prose Medal competition, the imaginary autobiography of the author's great-aunt who died in childhood, comprising a warm and vivid portrait of Welsh rural society in Merionethshire during the 20th century. 10 black-and-white photographs. Reprint; first published in August 2002.

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O! Tyn y Gorchudd
O! Tyn y Gorchudd (Remove the Veil) tells the story of Rebecca Jones, born in 1905, who spent her life in the remote valley of Maesglasau in Montgomeryshire. Here her family dwelt and farmed for a thousand years, welcoming life's joys and negotiating its hardships. Rebecca's parents bore a cross heavier than most: of the seven children born of their union, three suffered blindness, and two, we are told, died young. A chronicle of the twentieth century, and a story of dignity in the face of tragedy, O! Tyn y Gorchudd draws on the sense of place, of community, and of tradition which has long been central to Welsh-speaking Wales. It is a story of parental love and selflessness, and above all of the faith and resolve of the narrator's mother who 'came to accept [her son's] blindness with the boundless grace that had always characterised her' (48). O! Tyn y Gorchudd has its roots in a tradition which has long provided insight into the lives of ordinary people in Wales. The author, Angharad Price, like others before her - Daniel Owen, T. Rowland Hughes, Kate Roberts and Elena Puw Morgan - writes of her kith and kin with empathy and with intimacy. The book, however, is more than a classic biography. We learn at the end that the Rebecca Jones, whose life's story we have been reading, died a young girl in 1916: Angharad Price's book is a 'tribute to the life she [Rebecca] might have had'. In O! Tyn y Gorchudd, a talented young author has revisited a conventional genre and reinvigorated it. To do so required vision in an age when community and non-conformism - twin-bastions of the Welsh language - are crumbling. Little wonder that this ingenious 'posthumous autobiography' has been greeted with delight by the critics.

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