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Author: Peter Ho Daveis
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Title: The Welsh Girl
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Publisher: Sceptre; Later Printing edition (2007)

The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Daveis

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Why do you suppose the book was titled The Welsh Girl? How do the definitions of the word "welsh" that Davies chooses to precede the novel come to bear on the events and themes of the book? For Further Reading The following paperbacks from Mariner Books may be of interest to readers who enjoyed Peter Ho Davies' The Welsh Girl: The Visible World by Mark Slouka Charity Girl by Michael Lowenthal Equal Love by Peter Ho Davies The Ugliest House in the World by Peter Ho Davies. Unless otherwise stated, this discussion guide is reprinted with the permission of Mariner Books

The Welsh Girl (2007). Sometimes a book is a delight to discover. I found this novel to be beautifully written and immensely enjoyable to read, the characters are so well drawn and I cared about them all, because of how the author allows us into their deepest thoughts, and concentrates on developing the main characters, Esther and Karsten, and also Rotheram, so fully and effectively.

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0 1 5 Author: Peter Ho Davies Narrator: Richard Mitchley. In 1944, a German Jewish refugee is sent to Wales to interview Rudolf Hess; in Snowdonia, a seventeen-year-old girl, the daughter of a fiercely nationalistic shepherd, dreams of the bright lights of an English city; and in a nearby POW camp, a German soldier struggles to reconcile his surrender with his sense of honour. Read and listen to as many books as you like! Download books offline, listen to several books simultaneously, switch to kids mode, or try out a book that you never thought you would. Discover the best book experience you'd ever have.

From the acclaimed writer Peter Ho Davies comes an engrossing wartime love story set in the stunning landscape of North Wales during the final, harrowing months of World War II. Young Esther Evans has lived her whole life within the confines of her remote mountain village

They were with their girlfriends - it had been a mistake to sit near the back - and when, after about ten minutes, the boy to his left started to kiss his girl, Rotheram didn’t know what was making him more uncomfortable, the film or the couple. He was actually grateful when someone behind them harrumphed loudly, Show some respect. When twenty minutes later the boy on his right tried something, Rotheram distinctly heard the girl slap the fellow’s hand away. By then, though, he was caught up in the film, it’s ecstatic pageantry. The fervent masses on the screen seemed to merge with the crowd.

Peter Ho Davies's novel THE WELSH GIRL was published by Sceptre in 2007, when it was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It was also a Richard & Judy Book Club choice and was shortlisted for the R & J Best Read at the British Book Awards. His first short story collection, THE UGLIEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD (1997), won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the PEN/Macmillan Prize, while his second, EQUAL LOVE (2000), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a New York Times Notable Book

Reviews: 7
Peter Ho Davies is a masterful writer in that his story delves into a slice of history and location that required him to become first an historian of Wales subjugation by the English and the lingering effects of that, the prevailing practices of sheep rearing, the disruption of the Blitz period, the structure and practices of the engineering and police branches of the military, the capture and imprisonment on German troops and their responses and finally the working of a seventeen year old girl’s mind.
He will carry you along through each of these topics in an informed manner and created real life conflicts that will set the mind projecting possible conflicting outcomes to be resolved – all story tellers’ skills – to an interesting end. If there is a flaw it may be that the Welsh girl herself never seems to form up as intended; perhaps the nature of being that young – still in process. Wales, his father’s homeland comes across well however.
Davies reaches into his maternal roots for his next novel; The Fortunes, looking forward to that one as one more take on China.
This book takes place in Wales with some of those strangely spelled and pronounced names. It is part POW and part about life in Wales with a POW camp full of German soldiers nearby. The Welsh Girl is in trouble and finds help though POW who has escaped the camp. This book contains some interesting information about WWII that is not that well known. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in WWII or life in Wales during that time.
THE WELSH GIRL is a very enjoyable read, full of well-drawn characters. WWII stories have always intrigued me, maybe because it's been called the "good war" by as notable a writer as Studs Terkel, and was fought by a citizens army that came to be called the greatest generation. Well, that's in in this country, the USA. But I'm sure Great Britain probably feels the same way about their soldiers from that conflict.

Because this is a story told from the British side of things, actually from a Welsh viewpoint, set in a tiny village in Wales. The hero and heroine are no one important, really, but are so fully realized that you find yourself rooting for them. The hero is Karsten, a German POW who is tortured by the fact that he'd surrendered. The heroine is Esther, a young Welsh girl who briefly befriends him. And well, there's another sort of hero too, in Rotheram, a German Jewish emigrant in the British army, who feels guilty that he'd fled Germany before the war - because he tries very hard not to consider himself Jewish, although his father was indeed Jewish. And then there's Rudolf Hess, a real-life war criminal, who figures into the story in a more minor way.

At first glance the plots in THE WELSH GIRL don't seem to fit together very well, but gradually you begin to see how it all fits together. It's all about place and belonging, as illustrated in the Welsh concept of "cynefin." Rotheram must accept his Jewish heritage, Esther finally understands that she is where she belongs, and Karsten too feels the pull of his homeland and duty to his mother. Even Rudolf Hess comes clean and refuses to deny his place in the Nazi master plan.

No spoilers here, but take my word for it, there is some fine writing going on here, and, although the conclusion is perhaps not quite what I was hoping for, it is a fitting and genuine one. Life,is not, after all, a Disney film.

While reading this book, I was reminded of a couple others I read many years ago. One was Summer of My German Soldier (Puffin Modern Classics (Prebound)), and the other How Green Was My Valley. No real connections, I suppose, other than subject and place. But both great novels nonetheless.

I'm adding the name Peter Ho Davies to my list of writers to watch.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir BOOKLOVER
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Their are many WWII books on the market but Peter Ho Davies "The Welsh Girl" stands out. It is well written historically rich tale with a caste of characters and events surrounding D-day. I was drawn to this setting in the rolling hills of Wales with a quiet pastural village through whose deep nationalist roots we witness the closing events of WWII. The main characture Esther is caught between her love of home and the lure of the outside world represented by the boys and men who visit and work in her village. She is also at an age when one passes between youth to womanly wisdom. In the collision of several cultures this tale of love, home and hope emerges. Esther's father, Arthur, introduces us to the welsh term "Cynefin, the flocks sense of place, of territory" . Esther's tale becomes one of her pursuit of Cynefin, and the sacrifices that are made to preserve not only hers but of those she cares deeply for.
I came away from this book feeling like I spent a holiday in Wales enjoying the boisterous pub, the wooly sheep, the wild eyed farm boys, the german POWs and the Village matrons. "The Welsh Girl" was entertaining, humorous, tragic, passionate and a just a really good well rounded read.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is classic-- young woman flirts with soldier and gets in trouble-- and unexpected: German-born British soldier assigned to interview Rudolph Hess in preparation for Nuremburg finds his humanity in the process. The characters are complex and believable, struggling through the end of the Second World War and facing their challenges with a mixture of anxiety, foolishness, courage, and love. Davies refuses to let any character (with one exception) remain in the types of hero or villain despite the reality of violence and distrust that inevitably pervades wartime. One thing drove me crazy; the author consistently used "it's" as the possessive form of "it".
Ordinary people coming to grips with beliefs they have adopted not through experience but because they were told to believe. I was mostly impressed with the fact that this was not fantasized but developed and ended in a believable way.