Adolygiad: Twenty Thousand Saints

Twenty Thousand Saints
By Catherine Taylor
The Guardian, Saturday September 27 2008

Fflur Dafydd's first English-language novel is set during one hot summer on Wales's mystical Bardsey Island, as past and present intersect painfully when the resident community is joined by a medley of incomers. The poet Mererid seeks a tranquil writing space away from her controlling boyfriend. Local curiosity Sister Vivien apprehensively prepares to host a conference of fellow hermits. Deian, an archaeologist who spent his youth on Bardsey until the mysterious disappearance of his mother, needs urgently to uncover past secrets. Vivien's son Iestyn has recently been released from prison, straight into the arms of flirty ecologist Elin. Filming all of this is Leri, an ambitious documentary-maker, whose project has a double edge hidden from her assistant and lover, Greta. It's a wild, exhilarating read. Dafydd controls her troupe of players without once dipping into farce.

 

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