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This modern classic, set in a welsh mining community during the late 19th Century focuses upon the character of young Huw Morgan and follows his progression from boy to man. The book subtly highlights the struggles and difficulties that faced the people of these communities during this time, from mining strikes and ever decreasing pay to the common and mundane family troubles that are a quintessential part of life in all places and times.
My favorite aspect of this book was that as a reader you were able to observe Huw growing up and you felt as though you were experiencing all that he experienced. I found that this gave the book a much more personal feel and was influential in carrying me along with the story and making me, as a reader feel involved with the characters. This book left me with a real appreciation of the difficulties that people of this time faced, and I admired the resilience and determination of the characters and felt uplifted that despite struggle and strife, the strong family values of this community kept them going through thick and thin. Another memorable aspect of this book are the beautiful, untouched areas of the Welsh landscape, powerfully described by Richard Llewellyn, that powerfully conveyed to me not just the physical surroundings, but also the soul of the Welsh people of the mining communities. This is definitely a book for those who wish to appreciate the normal day-to-day lives of others in another time, and not those seeking an exciting fast paced novel. After reading this book, I was so impressed that I decided to buy sequel to this book - Up Into The Singing Mountain.