The Island of Apples

Author(s): Glyn Jones

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

  • December 1992 · 290pages · 198x129mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708311776
  • ·Paperback - 9780708324295
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783161270
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781783161287
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781783161263

About The Book

Glyn Jones is a renowned Welsh poet, his handling of words and imagery is dazzling. In this novel we have also a story with an exciting accelerating plot, with an eminently readable narrative. The Island of Apples is a brilliant study of a pre-adolescent boy’s romantic imagination and dangerous enthralment, set vividly in the south Wales of Methyr Tydfil and Carmarthen in the early twentieth century. Also a sophisticated philosophic artefact which explores the relationship between vision and reality in general terms and through the heightened experience of their conflict and confusion in a boy on the margin between adulthood and the ‘dying’ of parents and childhood. In her introduction, Belinda Humfrey analyses and characterizes the novel; interprets some of its mysteries (beginning with the title), and places it within a twentieth century and larger literary context. She takes account of the novel’s critical history and Glyn Jones’s perception of it; and she makes use of his manuscript drafts and working notebooks.

Endorsements

" I found my self unexpectedly hooked by the Island of Apples...I became increasingly beguiled by its haunting quality." New York Herald Tribune " An iridescent story." New York Times " The novel, like all true works of art, grows more important with time...it is a remarkable piece of work, sustained and controlled." Leslie Norris, Dictionary of Literary Biography "One of the best books I have read in recent times, the realism and emotional journey this text will send you on makes it an exceptional and essential novel.' www .gwales.com

About the Author(s)

Glyn Jones

Glyn Jones was a Welsh poet, novelist and literary historian. He served as Chairman and President of the Welsh Academy’s English language section.

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