bookshelves: autumn-2013, britain-wales, debut, hardback, one-penny-wonder, paper-read, published-1952
Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: spotted on Robert's update
Read from October 30 to November 04, 2013
The debut novel. First published in 1952 under the title Three Bear Witness
For Mary, with love
"Mr Pugh, I came to ask some questions about your life in Cwm Bugail and about Mrs Vaughan of Gelli, Bronwen Vaughan. But now I think it would be better if you were to let me have a written account."
O'Brian is a master wordsmith, and so thorough in his descriptions; take that sheep-shearing sequence, I was in there with the back-breaking exertions, branding and wound cleaning.
He is also a master storyteller; this dark tale set within a tiny insular community evoked a palpable, brooding atmosphere....Continua