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Bonds of Attachment

There are, of course, bonds of attachment underlying all the novels in the "Land of the Living" sequence. In this final volume, they bind together the voices of the dead poet, John Cilydd More, and his youngest son Peredur in a twin-track narrative. Their words reflect the splendours and the miseries of a century of wars and relentless progress.
Peredur defies both his mother’s hostility and his two brothers’ lack of concern to seek out the truth of his father’s death and to take part in a protest against the 1969 Investiture that goes violently wrong. Only at the very end when the central figure of the series herself, Amy Parry, is facing death does there seem hope of reconciliation.

448 pages | 8 3/10 x 5 2/5 | © 1991

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“The supreme interpreter of Welsh life in English.” –R. S. Thomas

R.S. Thomas

“For a native work of comparable scope invention and authority ... one has probably to go back . . . to the Mabinogion cycle itself.” –M. Wynn Thomas

M. Wynn Thomas

“With the appearance of the seventh novel, Bonds of Attachment, later this year, it will be possible to see the septet [Land of the Living] as one of the finest achievements of Welsh writing in English . . . Already it is clear that Emyr Humphreys is our greatest living novelist.” –Western Mail

Western Mail

“Emyr Humphreys’s long and prolific writing career must now warrant him the title of Wales’s number one novelist and place him amongst the greatest of those who have ever attempted to interpret life in Wales through prose . . . Bonds of Attachment is a rewarding read  . . . the Land of the Living series, when read in its entirety, must surely be one of the most extensive, ambitious and richly rewarding works of Anglo-Welsh writing.”

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