By Dylan Thomas
In print for 50 years, this gem of lyric prose has enchanted either old and young from its first actual edition.
Dylan Thomas, one of many maximum poets and storytellers of the 20th century, captures a child's-eye view, and an adult's fond stories, of a mystical time of offers, aunts and uncles, the frozen sea, and within the better of conditions, newly fallen snow.
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26). This device of sickeningly circling around the same event without any resolution replaces a conventional linear construction. It has a temporal and narrative radicalism comparable to experiments with narrative and historical time in Holocaust fiction. However, running apparently counter to the stalled, repetitive narration in Children of Zion is a strongly teleological thread, which is the children’s destination and our knowledge that they will reach Palestine. Despite the terrible loss of life which takes place during our reading of this text, we know from the outset the provenance of the material quoted and that this is a narrative of survival.
When we got to Dlugosiodlo the town was overflowing with refugees, and we spent the night in a stable. [. ] (26). This device of sickeningly circling around the same event without any resolution replaces a conventional linear construction. It has a temporal and narrative radicalism comparable to experiments with narrative and historical time in Holocaust fiction. However, running apparently counter to the stalled, repetitive narration in Children of Zion is a strongly teleological thread, which is the children’s destination and our knowledge that they will reach Palestine.
41 The contrasting lack of easy adoption emphasized in Gershon’s text is matched by its choppy, multiple form. Gershon, like Grynberg, has arranged her material in short paragraphs, each of which – marked with ¶ – represents a new and unnamed voice. Contributions from those who were not child refugees appear in italics. Gershon’s aim, stated in an Editorial Note, is ‘that the combination of different voices will have the same effect as a conversation’ (vi) – an interesting alternative metaphor to ‘chorus’, although perhaps less appropriate, as ‘conversation’ implies an exchange rather than just a presentation of perspectives.
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas