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Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery   By: (1803-1881)

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Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery by George Henry Borrow is a captivating and immersive journey through the enchanting landscapes, vibrant communities, and rich heritage of Wales.

Borrow, a talented and observant writer, showcases his deep fascination and love for the Welsh land, people, and language throughout his narratives and anecdotes. The book takes the reader on a remarkable exploration of Wales, capturing the country's essence from the rugged mountains to the quaint towns and lively villages.

One of the book's noteworthy strengths is Borrow's ability to depict the Welsh people with vivid descriptions and sincere admiration. Through encounters with various individuals, he paints a vivid tapestry of Welsh life, characterizing their warmth, resilience, and rich cultural traditions. Borrow skillfully weaves his personal interactions with local residents, illuminating the unique and deep-rooted sense of community that permeates Welsh society.

In addition to the captivating portrayal of its people, Borrow delves into the inherent beauty of Wales' diverse landscapes. With his remarkable ability to evoke imagery, he transports readers into misty valleys, along picturesque rivers, and up formidable mountains. The poetic nature of his descriptions allows the audience to fully immerse themselves in the enchanting scenery, awakening a yearning to explore Wales' wild and untamed landscapes firsthand.

Moreover, the exploration of the Welsh language is a captivating aspect of the book. Borrow's genuine interest in languages shines through as he delves into Welsh linguistic peculiarities, making comparisons to other Celtic languages. His inclusion of Welsh phrases and translations adds an authentic touch to the narrative, enhancing the reader's understanding and appreciation of the country's unique linguistic heritage.

Although Wild Wales was first published in 1862, Borrow's prose remains accessible and engaging. His writing style possesses an enduring charm, effortlessly drawing the reader into his captivating experiences and adventures. While some readers may find occasional references and anecdotes outdated, the book's overall content still resonates and reveals insights into the Welsh culture and heritage.

Overall, Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery is an absolute treasure for anyone seeking to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of this captivating country. Borrow's passion for Wales is contagious, and his ability to capture its essence through vibrant descriptions and authentic encounters makes this book a truly immersive and memorable read. It is a literary journey that transcends time, allowing readers to traverse the landscapes, meet its people, and become enveloped in the magic of Wales.

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“Their Lord they shall praise, Their language they shall keep, Their land they shall lose, Except Wild Wales.”

TALIESIN: Destiny of the Britons


FIRST EDITION 1862 SECOND EDITION 1865 THIRD EDITION 1888 FOURTH EDITION 1896 FIFTH (DEFINITIVE) EDITION 6/ March , 1901 Reprinted Thin Paper July , 1905 Reprinted 6/ Sept. , 1907 Reprinted 2/6 net. Sept. , 1907


This edition of Wild Wales has been carefully collated with the first edition, in order to ensure that the spelling of proper names shall be precisely as Borrow left it, and the running headings on the right hand pages as nearly as possible those which Borrow himself wrote... Continue reading book >>

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