The Heyday in the Blood

The Heyday in the Blood The village of Tanygraig on the Welsh English border is the backdrop of this passionate novel of love and its consequences Beti the beautiful and willful daughter of a pub landlord is pursued by two

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  • Title: The Heyday in the Blood
  • Author: Geraint Goodwin Dai Smith Katie Gramich
  • ISBN: 9781905762835
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Paperback
  • The village of Tanygraig on the Welsh English border is the backdrop of this passionate novel of love and its consequences Beti, the beautiful and willful daughter of a pub landlord, is pursued by two men Llew, her aggressive, red haired cousin, and Evan, the dreamy miller and would be poet She must make a choice, but it is not just her future that depends on her decisiThe village of Tanygraig on the Welsh English border is the backdrop of this passionate novel of love and its consequences Beti, the beautiful and willful daughter of a pub landlord, is pursued by two men Llew, her aggressive, red haired cousin, and Evan, the dreamy miller and would be poet She must make a choice, but it is not just her future that depends on her decision for she and Tanygraig are positioned precariously on borders of class, nation, language, and changing times.

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    1. The title is taken from a line in Hamlet, where it refers to youthful passion and romantic love. This may be what Geraint Goodwin is intending to convey here, for his young protagonist Beti must give up everything she cherishes if she is to follow her heart. And yet the strongest passions described in this book seem to be not for others, but for a way of life, and for a culture, and for the countryside of the border region in the northern part of Wales. Geraint Goodwin tells the story of its rur [...]

    2. The Heyday in the Blood is a novel that certainly makes you work hard; it is one of the most difficult texts I have read for some time. Particularly, the dialogue is obtuse almost constantly. I shall explain why. Firstly, although this is Welsh writing in English, Welsh words and phrases frequently crop up; I've yet to go through and translate them all myself. Secondly, events are referred to obliquely, and the narrative doesn't interject in the middle of dialogue to make up for the shortfall -- [...]

    3. An engaging tragedy about encroaching anglicisation on the Welsh borders that's powdered with a comedic tone throughout. Set in the late 1930s, characters speak in a Welsh English border dialect (though many also use Welsh/Cymraeg, especially the elders); with their language now hybridised with English, it is their sense of Welsh identity and land-ownership that's under threat from English absorption east of the border. The younger generation of characters -- Beti, Evan and Llew -- have complex [...]

    4. The title is taken from a line in Hamlet, where it refers to youthful passion and romantic love. This may be what Geraint Goodwin is intending to convey here, for his young protagonist Beti must give up everything she cherishes if she is to follow her heart. And yet the strongest passions described in this book seem to be not for others, but for a way of life, and for a culture, and for the countryside of the border region in the northern part of Wales. Geraint Goodwin tells the story of its rur [...]

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