By Emyr Humphreys
In nationwide Winner, the 6th novel within the Land of the dwelling series, Amy Parry appears to be like to have reached a summit of affluence and effect. As girl Brangor, the widow of her 3rd husband, she plans to create a cultural centre for ladies at Brangor corridor. those bold plans are impeded by way of the obsession of her youngest son, Peredur, with the mysterious dying of his father, John Cilydd extra, Amy's first husband, the poet and nationwide Winner of the name. Her committed stepson, Bedwyr, and her different son Gwydion, each one together with his personal schedule and matters, also are proof against Amy's enthusiasms and practised allure. this can be a relations that has emerged from a tightly knit and recognisable society: each one now in his or her personal means, even with stumbling blocks, seeks a route to fulfilment in a post-war interval of unheard of switch.
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It’s more than just physical beauty and the romantic dreams that go with it. You set out to disturb. From the very first moment. That’s what I find difficult to explain. Why me? That throws my whole view of myself out of perspective. Why should I be worth it. ’ Peredur jumped to his feet and moved about the room with his thin hands in his jacket pockets. ‘You’ve got this remarkable instinct for putting your finger right on the sore point. This ridiculous random factor that makes solitude meaningless.
On a sales tour. ’ Peredur pulled an unhappy face. ‘I’m getting used to it,’ Maxine said. ‘It was a bit strange at first. ’ Mischievously she pressed the accelerator and the car zoomed forward with alarming suddenness. Peredur closed his eyes and did not open them again until the speed decreased. ’ She reached out to touch his hand affectionately and the car gave a sickening swerve. ‘Be a good girl,’ Peredur said. ’ She drove with the main stream of traffic moving westwards. As her confidence increased she adopted a role of some importance on the road, practising hand signals, nodding and saluting the drivers of other vehicles, playing the part of a leading motorist with a share of the road to look after, attending to urgent business with speed and precise efficiency striving to achieve a definite destination by a definite time.
I am hungry for enlightenment and thirsty for wisdom. You should never let a woman get bored. ’ 36 Her mouth was full again and she passed her little finger delicately around her lips. ’ Peredur looked around as though for inspiration that would give him the power to make his person and character more acceptable to her. ‘See that rock,’ he said. ‘The one casting a shadow. ’ She showed enough signs of pleasure to encourage him to go on. ‘This place is thick with legends,’ he said. ‘And it’s not surprising is it really when you look at it.