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Wild Wales

George Borrow

Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery is a travel book by the English Victorian gentleman writer George Borrow (1803–1881), first published in 1862 and now a classic travel text on Wales and the Welsh. The book recounts Borrow's experiences, insights and personal encounters whilst touring Wales alone on foot after a family holiday in Llangollen in 1854. Although contemporary critics dismissed its whimsical tone, it quickly became popular with readers as a travel book and more importantly as a very lively account of the literary, social and geographical history of Wales. Borrow’s engaging character comes across especially in his meetings with various itinerants – mostly native and peasant – along the muddy Welsh path. Borrow’s keen ear for dialogue may remind us of a Dickens or Trollope, and like the latter his wit and wisdom are rarely absent. Indeed the author has been described as an "eccentric, larger-than-life, jovial man whose laughter rings all through the book". Borrow makes much of his self-taught Welsh and how surprised the natives are by his linguistic abilities – and also by his idiosyncratic pronunciation of their language. He loves to air his knowledge of Welsh culture, especially the Bardic tradition. And like his contemporary, William Wordsworth, he has a habit of quoting verses to the heavens as he walks. As the author finally reaches South Wales towards the end of his account, we meet for the first time evidences of modern industrialism, introduced to the reader in the form of a Dante’s Inferno of coal mines and iron foundries. Today, most will remember and value the book for these and other vivid nineteenth-century landscapes – along with Borrow’s gallery of fascinating, human characters. (SUMMARY BY STEVE GOUGH BASED ON WIKIPEDIA)

Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery is a travel book by the English Victorian gentleman writer George Borrow (1803–1881), first published in 1862 and now a classic travel text on Wales and the Welsh. The book recounts Borrow's experiences, insights and personal encounters whilst touring Wales alone on foot after a family holiday in Llangollen in 1854. Although contemporary critics dismissed its whimsical tone, it quickly became popular with readers as a travel book and more importantly as a very lively account of the literary, social and geographical history of Wales. Borrow’s engaging character comes across especially in his meetings with various itinerants – mostly native and peasant – along the muddy Welsh path. Borrow’s keen ear for dialogue may remind us of a Dickens or Trollope, and like the latter his wit and wisdom are rarely absent. Indeed the author has been described as an "eccentric, larger-than-life, jovial man whose laughter rings all through the book". Borrow makes much of his self-taught Welsh and how surprised the natives are by his linguistic abilities – and also by his idiosyncratic pronunciation of their language. He loves to air his knowledge of Welsh culture, especially the Bardic tradition. And like his contemporary, William Wordsworth, he has a habit of quoting verses to the heavens as he walks. As the author finally reaches South Wales towards the end of his account, we meet for the first time evidences of modern industrialism, introduced to the reader in the form of a Dante’s Inferno of coal mines and iron foundries. Today, most will remember and value the book for these and other vivid nineteenth-century landscapes – along with Borrow’s gallery of fascinating, human characters. (SUMMARY BY STEVE GOUGH BASED ON WIKIPEDIA)
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Travel

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Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery is a travel book by the English Victorian gentleman writer George Borrow (1803–1881), first published in 1862 and now a classic travel text on Wales and the Welsh. The book recounts Borrow's experiences, insights and personal encounters whilst touring Wales alone on foot after a family holiday in Llangollen in 1854. Although contemporary critics dismissed its whimsical tone, it quickly became popular with readers as a travel book and more importantly as a very lively account of the literary, social and geographical history of Wales. Borrow’s engaging character comes across especially in his meetings with various itinerants – mostly native and peasant – along the muddy Welsh path. Borrow’s keen ear for dialogue may remind us of a Dickens or Trollope, and like the latter his wit and wisdom are rarely absent. Indeed the author has been described as an "eccentric, larger-than-life, jovial man whose laughter rings all through the book". Borrow makes much of his self-taught Welsh and how surprised the natives are by his linguistic abilities – and also by his idiosyncratic pronunciation of their language. He loves to air his knowledge of Welsh culture, especially the Bardic tradition. And like his contemporary, William Wordsworth, he has a habit of quoting verses to the heavens as he walks. As the author finally reaches South Wales towards the end of his account, we meet for the first time evidences of modern industrialism, introduced to the reader in the form of a Dante’s Inferno of coal mines and iron foundries. Today, most will remember and value the book for these and other vivid nineteenth-century landscapes – along with Borrow’s gallery of fascinating, human characters. (SUMMARY BY STEVE GOUGH BASED ON WIKIPEDIA)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steve Gough

Length:

22h 57m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

11:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

16:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

19:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

17:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

13:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

27:42


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:23


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:20


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

25:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

12:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

14:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

16:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

21:15


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

14:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

14:23


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

20:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

19:45


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:00


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:11


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

22:16


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:42


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

10:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

11:39


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:33


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

25:12


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

15:06


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

13:25


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:45


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:30


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

13:24


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:07


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

14:49


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

10:47


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:18


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:51


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

10:34


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

12:38


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

11:31


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

19:11


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:34


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:56


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:12


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

11:48


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

09:14


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

18:15


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

13:49


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

18:55


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

17:25


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:39


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

09:43


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

17:03


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:59


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

17:43


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

09:52


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:27


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

11:12


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

24:15


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:56


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

11:18


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

14:29


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

10:48


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

18:56


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

18:28


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

15:40


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

22:04


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:42


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:25


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:57


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:26


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

21:59


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:29


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:49


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

19:58


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:29