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The Withered Root by Rhys Davies

The Withered Root

by Rhys Davies

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The Withered Root is, like Queen of the Rushes by Allen Raine, a story of the Welsh Revival -- the renewal of religious feeling in the people of Wales. Like Queen of the Rushes, it seems half-disgusted by the excess of feeling it all stirred up, the wildness of it, and the hypocrisy. The Revival brings out senseless madness in so many of the people in these two books, rather than any true religious feeling.

Rhys Davies was supposed to be better at short stories than novels, but I've enjoyed both. His writing vividly brings to life what he's writing about. The only jarring thing, to me, is the way that he has Welsh people speak -- but at the time he was writing, it was like that. It just seems faintly Yoda-like to someone of my generation who didn't grow up in Wales in any case...

He wrote the novel using his own experiences, so it all rings very true -- the speech, the characters, the situations. I'll read more by Rhys Davies, when I get chance. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
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