I’ve done it! Read my first ever Welsh language novel.
Okay, it was only eighty three pages long and written for reluctant readers. But I’ve done it – and understood the story – so yeh me!
Written in five, first-person voices, Bywyd yn y Coal House tells the story of the Griffiths family, living as a 1927 coal mining family, for the purposes of a reality TV show. Words were spelled as they were pronounced – hard work looking them up in the dictionary. There were also quite a few colloquialisms, which made the whole thing a bit tricky. But by the end of the novel I was starting to read sentences for meaning and knowing what the unknown words were by their context.
My next book will be: Parti Ann Haf by Meleri Wyn James. I’ll let you know how it goes.