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Childs Christmas In Wales Unabr Cass [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Dylan Thomas
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Oct. 31 2002

First recorded in February of 1952, this remastered recording of Dylan Thomas reading his A Child's Christmas in Wales recalls all of the sights, smells, and sounds of a long-ago-Christmas.

Thomas's wonderful recollection of this holiday in the seaside town of his youth is captured in this vivid performance. Also included are five other selected poems read by Dylan Thomas, including his well-known Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.

Whether sharing his wistful memory of a holiday spent with people long past, or addressing the perennial problem of our mortality, Thomas gives us great pleasure in our personal and common memories while affirming life with a resounding "Yes!"

A Child's Christmas in Wales
And five poems: Fern Hill; Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night; In The White Giant's Thigh; Balad of the Long-Legged Bait; Ceremony After a Fire Raid

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"December, in my memory, is as white as Lapland," Thomas recalls, reading a line from "A Child's Christmas in Wales." For the poet, December also bursts with "deadly snowballs," "blue knuckles" and snow that "grows overnight on the roofs of houses." Although phrases like these are beautiful on their own, hearing Thomas speak them adds a magnificent melancholy. He recorded these six pieces in New York City in 1952, and they've been remastered and collected into one wonderful package. In the title story, Thomas marvels at winter's quirky delights: presents and holiday sweets (including candy cigarettes), snow boots and footprints, aunts who lace their tea with rum, wind rustling through the trees, family music recitals and caroling (Thomas even sings a line or two of Good King Wenceslas). His Welsh-accented voice rises and falls as he reads the evocative tale of his own long-ago Christmas. Thomas performs the other selections-"Fern Hill," "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," "In the White Giant's Thigh," "Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait" and "Ceremony After a Fire Raid"-with an equally vibrant and powerful voice. While they don't conjure up the same wintry images as the lead piece, they marvelously round out this lovely assemblage.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


“It’s always wonderful to hear an author read his own work - think Dylan Thomas reading A Child’s Christmas in Wales” (Denver Post)

“Thomas single-handedly revived poetry as a spoken word art” (Talking Book Reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of all having it read aloud to oneself Jan. 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
Who hasn't read this short tale of magic about Christmas past in a village in Wales, Dylan Thomas' most beloved book? I've read it to myself perhaps 20 times; I've read it to my children and laughed over the pictures maybe 10 more times. But, till now, I've never experienced the joy of hearing the poet himself read it to me. Omigod, what a pure pleasure. Recorded in 1952, this new release is all cleaned up and is a real keeper. Thomas' cadences, inflections, emphasis, pauses, and his marvelous Welsh accent make a listener close her eyes and just get lost in the humor and love and reminiscences of a bygone era.
There are quite a few other selections in this collection - and they're good - but even if you buy it just for A Child's Christmas in Wales, it'll be money well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a childs christmas in Wales Jan. 12 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
outrageous cost when the price of the retailer is taken into account.

Ordered on Dec 6 and received on Jan 7th.

Merry Christmas to you too ------------- 2013!
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By Diana
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard Dylan Thomas reading his poem on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation station many years ago. It evoked many fond memories of my child hood Christmases spent with much loved relatives in the country. I was so pleased to find it now produced on a CD so I can enjoy it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An old tradition Nov. 11 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Growing up, my father had a copy of the original vinyl recording of this from the 1950's. Every Christmas it came out and was played, and now I can't think of Christmas without it. After being unavailable for decades, I'm delighted to see this record once again available. Few people know that Dylan Thomas gained fame in his lifetime as a radio personality, and the dry, droll voice of his takes his fantastic prose and breathes a life into it that the simple words themselves cannot demonstrate. A classic, recommended to all.
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