The Welsh Girl

by Peter Ho Davies | History |
ISBN: 9780340938270 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Nell-Lu of Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on 2/26/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by Nell-Lu from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Set in Wales towards the end of WW2, The Welsh Girl follows three main characters. All three are bilingual, confused about their identities, and ashamed of something.

There’s something very pleasing about the sympathy with which Davies draws his characters. He allows us to see their confusion and to watch them trying to establish their own identities outside the labels of others. The chronology and structure work well. The writing is assured. The themes of loyalty, identity, honour and nationality are woven into every narrative strand; visible even in the scenery.

This is an easy read; in some ways slightly too easy. Almost all the characters are sympathetic. This challenges on one level – no stereotypical Nazi baddies here – but means there is little contrast in tone. There’s a lack of passion that keeps the novel from being truly arresting. Nonetheless, this debut makes a promise of good books to come.

I'm going to organise a bookray for this. PM me with your shipping preferences if you'd like to join at any point and I'll add you to the list. I'll send it out to the first person before the end of August.

Book ray
Inver, Scotland (EU)
dare2believe, Italy (EU)
Martjxox, Italy (EU)
Icila, France (Int)
Bjorg, Iceland (int)
Supertalya, South Korea (int)
judygreeneyes, USA (int)

Bookray complete!

Journal Entry 2 by Nell-Lu at Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Monday, August 25, 2008

Released 13 yrs ago (8/25/2008 UTC) at Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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I'll be taking this to the Post Office this lunchtime for its first journey - to Inver in Aberdeen. Happy reading, everyone!

Journal Entry 3 by Inver from Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, August 28, 2008
Booked dropped through the letter box this morning, thank you. Just noticed your address Helen, my mum had a cousin lived around that area in Edinburgh, small world. And yes the art work on the cover is lovely. And I love book mark, penguins my favourite at Edinburgh zoo. I have a few bookrings on the go at the moment, but will get to it as soon as I can.

22/9/08 This one is next on my TBR pile after current bookring.
28/9/08 Will be starting this today.
10/10/08 Should I be struggling to read this one!!

Journal Entry 4 by Inver from Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, October 19, 2008
After struggling a bit to pick up this storyline, once a third of the way in I was enjoying it more. A very personal and human story about the lives of three very different people in Wales 1944 and how war time has affected them. All have their personal tales to tell, but their paths connect at various points partly by their patriotic tendancies and where their loyalties lie. The relationship between Karsten and Esther are explored with some tenderness I thought. Two human beings whose paths have crossed unexpectedly through no fault of their own. The descriptions of the local areas and life in a small welsh town in this era is very well written.

Thanks for the chance to read this one Nell-Lu. I have the address for 'dare2believe' and will get it in the post this week.

Journal Entry 5 by Inver at Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Released 13 yrs ago (10/21/2008 UTC) at Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom

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On its way to 'dare2believe' in Italy. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 6 by rem_MSW-328650 on Friday, October 31, 2008
Received this book two days ago!
I have just started it and it's awesome!
This is my first bookay and I'm really excited! I can't wait to finish it.

I'm mailing Martjxox for the address.

Journal Entry 7 by rem_MSW-328650 on Saturday, November 8, 2008
Wonderful book! I finished reading about 2 days ago.
And hey, wouldn't life has been SO much easier for Esther if she lived nowadays? And we don't get to know what happens to Karsten! Why, why, WHY do authors always do this?!?

Great book anyway, although I mast say a bit hard to follow at the begginig.

Sending on to Martjxox soon. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 8 by Martjxox from Perugia, Umbria Italy on Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Got it! Thank you! Starting it today!!! will be finished with this book as soon as possible!!!

Journal Entry 9 by Martjxox at -- via posta o passaggio a mano --, Umbria Italy on Monday, January 12, 2009

Released 13 yrs ago (1/12/2009 UTC) at -- via posta o passaggio a mano --, Umbria Italy

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Sent it during the holiday season and couldn't post a J.E. before. Next bookcrosser should be getting the book any day now!

Journal Entry 10 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, January 12, 2009
Just got it. Thanks !

Journal Entry 11 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Sunday, March 1, 2009
Just finished it, great reading but a bit frustrating at the end.

I already have Bjorg's address.

Journal Entry 12 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Tuesday, March 3, 2009
On its way to Iceland.

Journal Entry 13 by Bjorg from Reykjavík, Reykjavík (Höfuðborgar svæðið) Iceland on Friday, March 6, 2009
The book just arrived, look forward to read this one:) Will be able to start on it in a few days:)

Journal Entry 14 by Bjorg from Reykjavík, Reykjavík (Höfuðborgar svæðið) Iceland on Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I found it a bit difficult to get into this book but then it got very interesting. Just wish it was not so slow at times!!

I´m now waiting to get supertalya´s address:)

Journal Entry 15 by Bjorg at -- BookRing, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Saturday, March 21, 2009

Released 12 yrs ago (3/23/2009 UTC) at -- BookRing, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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The Welsh Girl is ready to keep on travelling and will next go to Supertalya:)

Journal Entry 16 by Bjorg from Reykjavík, Reykjavík (Höfuðborgar svæðið) Iceland on Thursday, May 14, 2009
I mailed the book to Supertalya in march and it got returned to me today!!! I will contact Supertalya right away and see if I got the address wrong!!

Journal Entry 17 by Bjorg at Seoul, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- South Korea on Friday, May 15, 2009

Released 12 yrs ago (5/15/2009 UTC) at Seoul, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- South Korea

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Sending the book to supertalya for the second time and hope she will get the book this time:)

Journal Entry 18 by Supertalya on Monday, June 1, 2009
It's here!!

Journal Entry 19 by Supertalya at bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, June 11, 2009

Released 12 yrs ago (6/11/2009 UTC) at bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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On its way to the US.

Journal Entry 20 by wingjudygreeneyeswing from San Diego, California USA on Saturday, June 20, 2009
Happily, this book was waiting for me in the mail when I came home from work today. It is next on my TBR pile after the current book ring I'm reading. This is a well-travelled book, and still has all of its pages :) Thanks!

Journal Entry 21 by wingjudygreeneyeswing from San Diego, California USA on Saturday, August 22, 2009
This fascinating book is going travelling again, this time by book box. This was a very interesting story about relationships between people during WWII.

Journal Entry 22 by wingjudygreeneyeswing at San Diego, California USA on Saturday, August 22, 2009

Released 12 yrs ago (8/22/2009 UTC) at San Diego, California USA

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This well-travelled book is going out by mail via the tea/books/journal boox box started by Mozette! Happy travels!!!

Journal Entry 23 by wingDeepswampwing from Björkhagen, Stockholm Sweden on Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Found in the tea/bookbox!
Interested in the Bookerprize books, I´m trying to read this one!

Journal Entry 24 by wingDeepswampwing at Oskarshamn, Småland Sweden on Thursday, May 5, 2011
Thanks, and sory I took so long before read!
Interesting!
Longlisted for Man Booker 2007 Prize

Journal Entry 25 by wingDeepswampwing at Oskarshamn, Småland Sweden on Thursday, May 5, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (5/5/2011 UTC) at Oskarshamn, Småland Sweden

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This book wants to go on travelling...

Journal Entry 26 by boktraven at Eskilstuna, Södermanland Sweden on Monday, May 9, 2011
Boken anlände i dag och verkar spännande.

Journal Entry 27 by boktraven at Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Sunday, May 4, 2014

Released 7 yrs ago (5/4/2014 UTC) at Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden

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Skickas i morgon till en annan bookcrossare.

Journal Entry 28 by BAMP at Linköping, Östergötland Sweden on Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Arrived yesterday and is now on the shelf, waiting for their turn.
Thank you, boktraven, for this surprise!

Journal Entry 29 by BAMP at Linköping, Östergötland Sweden on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The story takes place at the end of the Second World War in Wales and is a different kind of war story. A gripping, interesting and sometimes beautiful story.

I'm so glad I got to read this book and impressed that it has been in so many countries and takes the opportunity to send a greeting to all previous readers.
The book stays with me for a while before traveling on

Journal Entry 30 by BAMP at Exchange/Trade, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Released 5 yrs ago (5/16/2016 UTC) at Exchange/Trade, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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At last, The Welsh girl found a new reader! She now travels further as "kitten" in the Scandinavian challenge "The Cat Betty VIII".
I know that this little, little scruffy, but very nice kitten now come to a good and cat-loving home.

Journal Entry 31 by Panzeranzi at Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Thank you so much for sending me this interestin kitty! This is right up my alley! =)

Journal Entry 32 by Panzeranzi at Scandic Hotel Karlskrona in Karlskrona, Blekinge Sweden on Saturday, August 21, 2021

Released 5 mos ago (8/5/2021 UTC) at Scandic Hotel Karlskrona in Karlskrona, Blekinge Sweden

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