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Rape of the Fair Country - Alexander Cordell

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Alexander Cordell / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 320 Pages / Book is published 1998-05 by Blorenge Books

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      26.01.2009 18:25
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      The stuff that classics are made of.

      Genre:
      Fictitious drama based on true history

      Author:
      Alexander Cordell, who also wrote to more book in this series, 'Hosts of Rebecca,' and 'Song of the Earth,' as well as many others.

      Publisher:
      Blorenge Books, Abergavenny.

      Year it was published:
      1959- its an oldie but transcends to modern life, reflecting on the struggles faced at the time.

      Plot Summary:
      Set in 1826, this book is about the trying times in which the welsh struggled under the command of cruel English Ironmasters. The book follows the Mortymer family through a great number of years in which they experience marriage, death, birth, true love and ultimate hardship and poverty. The story provides a glimpse back into a time now, much forgotten about.
      This is a tragic and heroic tale of the days when the iron industry ravished the mountains and valleys of wales.

      This book is very accurate of welsh history and expresses some political views of the time, for example of the Chartist movement and Scotch Cattle.

      Reccommendation:
      I loved this book. I'm from the area in which it was written about and so it seems very personal to me and the effect is ever present in the scarred countryside and abandoned ironworks. Id definatly recommend this book to all as it is beautifully written.

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