The Alone to the Alone, Paperback Book

The Alone to the Alone Paperback

Edited by Dai Smith

Part of the Library of Wales series

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The Alone to the Alone unites Gwyn Thomas's lyrical and philosophical flights of narrative in a satire whose savagery is only relieved by irrepressible laughter.

It is Gwyn Thomas' most shaped work: the underlying meaning of South Wales' history is not so much documented as laid bare for universal dissection and dissemination.

The novel, with its distinctive plural narration, is a choric commentary on human illusion and knowledge, on power and its attendant deprivation, on dreams and their destruction.


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Absolutely fantastic book I read grinning from ear to ear with the occasional burst of out-loud laughter, only to be disappointed (and somewhat suprised) by the fact Gwyn Thomas hasn't really ended it. Or at least he hasn't ended it very well. If he'd finished it properly this really would have been a stone-cold classic, a Welsh Flann O'Brien but better. The quality of the prose is excellent. Looking forward to Dark Philsophers; Gwyn Thomas seems to have given himself a bit more space to work in with that one, judging from the width of it.

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