Pigeon is a coming of age novel set in a small Welsh village. Both Iola and Pigeon have experienced tragedy and they are no strangers to hardship. Words and their imaginations are their escape, but the stories Pigeon invents about Gwyn the ice cream man have catastrophic consequences. The story is told from both their viewpoints - Iola's chapters are first person but Pigeon's are third person. This has the effect of distancing the reader somewhat from some of the worst aspects of their lives, stopping you from becoming too emotionally involved with what could or should be heart-breaking.
Welsh is their first language and a smattering of the dialogue is reproduced in Welsh, but an explanation or translation can usually be found in the next sentence or two - for example when the kids are choosing ice creams:
“B b be ’dach chi isio heddiw ’ta?” Gwyn’s question goes up at the end, really high, as high as here; but we still haven’t decided.
It's an interesting story set in a world of unemployment, deprivation and chapel. It's no rural idyll, but nor is it too grim. Alys Conran's depiction of a realistic and believable village overlooked by mountains and slate quarries has its own beauty.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 796 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: Parthian Books (1 June 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GQJIN84
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 11 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #696,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)