How Green Was My Valley Author:Richard Llewellyn A magnificent novel of life in a Welsh mining town, told from the point of view of the Morgan family's youngest son, Huw, whose academic ability makes it possible for him to have a life different from that of his father and brothers, though he chooses to become a miner like them. It takes place during the reign of Queen Victoria, and we see atte... more »mpts to unionize, the closeness of the working class community in an isolated area, and the effects of mining on the natural world they live in. A beautifully told story about a time and lifestyle that are gone. A classic which won the National Book Award.« less
I simply couldn't put this book down. The warmth and steadfast love of the Morgan family is real and convincing, and theirs is a powerful story, dealing with the joys and hardships of Welsh coal miners standing against the mine owners, the English, and the changing world beyond their hills. Llewellyn also manages to capture the lovely cadences and syntax of the Welsh language. A classic story, and a wonderful book.