Garthowen (A Story Of A Welsh Homestead) by Allen Raine

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A classic story of life in Southern Wales, Garthowen is one of Welsh novelist Allen Raine's best-loved works. We hear the stories of the Perrys and Gethin Owens, ordinary Welsh folk living and working in the mid-to-late 19th century. The everyday life in the villages and hamlets of South Wales is depicted vividly, as is the nature of the people and how they lived at the time. The author was herself from Wales, and eagerly and capably distinguishes the culture of the Welsh Valleys from that of neighbouring England. Garthowen is the farmstead where Ebben Owens and the rest of the Owens family live. An enclave of Welsh culture and warmth, the dwelling is central to the story and lives of the main characters, wherein the characters mingle and gossip about the goings on of the locality. The book is a wellspring of insight to the history of Welsh people, as well as a good story in its own right. The romantic and life aspirations of characters in a country which was changing rapidly through industrialisation, and the differences between the younger and elder generations, are the source of much of the drama.

4 out of 5 (very good)

This is a gentle story, written and based in the 1800's. It is about one family and their homestead and the people that they meet along the way. It is an interesting view back into what "Old" Wales might have been like, the scenery and the viewpoints. There is a love story within this book but it doesn't dominate. If you like a gentle story and historical fiction, if you like Wales, then this story is for you.

* Verified Purchase ~ March 2013 *


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Allen Raine, the pen name of Anne Adaliza Puddicombe, was one of the best-selling authors of the late Victorian/early Edwardian age.

She spent time in London for her education and marriage, but eventually returned to her Welsh roots. Wales features largely in her romantic fiction, with titles like A Welsh Singer (1896) and A Welsh Witch (1902).

Her books sold millions of copies, not only across Wales but in the whole of Britain, and yet these days she is largely forgotten or ignored.

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