Shearing and Other Stories, The (Corgi Series: 18)
Disgrifiad | Description
- ISBN: 9780863817182
- Author: Geraint Goodwin
- Publication February 2005
- Format: Paperback, 148x103 mm, 112 pages
A collection of five stories by journalist Geraint Goodwin (1903-41), all set in the border counties between England and Wales and portraying rural life and its inhabitants with compassion and humour.
Goodwin was born over 100 years ago - he died prematurely of T.B. before he was 40, but not before he had written four novels and a collection of short stories. Unfortunately, his full ability was not really recognised until after his death when his short stories were published under the editorship of Roland Mathias and Sam Adams in 1976.
In this Corgi small book selection we can again experience some of his poignant and stimulating writings. He was without doubt a man who watched those around him and shared a natural empathy with his characters, who come bounding off the page with tremendous vitality. His narrative is simplistic, almost primitive, and yet we must not be deluded, for here is a writer of great intelligence. Politically correct this collection is not, for life in rural Wales at the time his tales were written was far different from what it is now. He trained as a lawyer before turning to journalism and we may recognize this in his portrayal of the courtroom scene in 'Janet Ifans' Donkey', which to my mind personifies his way of story telling.
It is a small book with a big heart and thunderous voice from the not-so-recent past - an interesting read.