The Caves of Alienation (Library of Wales) by Stuart Evans

By Stuart Evans

The lifetime of famous author Michael Caradock has ended violently on an remoted Welsh island. The situations of his dying are mysterious, yet then his entire existence and paintings are matters of controversy. Are his paintings and demise attached, and if that is so, on what point? within the Caves of Alienation, first released in 1977, Stuart Evans, monitors the comprehensive hand of a grasp craftsman in verse and prose, and produces a Welsh novel of exceptional technical brilliance and highbrow energy.

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I said I’d only look in,’ he said. ’ 16 He shrugged into his mack and shifted the knot of his tie carefully, looking at himself in the dressing-table mirror. His own quiet voice, with its flatness and the slight northern inflections, sounded pretty confident to him. Perhaps a bit suggestive. Cummings dropped the fake accent and came into the room, pouring wine into his own glass and slopping some onto the pale gold carpet. ’ he said. ’ Baldwin smiled his tight-lipped smile to specification. Cummings studied him vinously, from close quarters, leering.

Howell was good at games but in no sense ambitious. Edmund, four years his junior, was cleverer and, from childhood, more mercurial. Upon his brother Samuel’s death, the entire Caradock fortune – not vast but considerable enough – passed to Griffith. In 1917 Howell volunteered for army service, which was a source of pride to both of his parents. He saw some action towards the end of the war, incurring a slight wound. Soon after the Armistice, Griffith Caradock himself died and left his entire estate to Jane.

16 He shrugged into his mack and shifted the knot of his tie carefully, looking at himself in the dressing-table mirror. His own quiet voice, with its flatness and the slight northern inflections, sounded pretty confident to him. Perhaps a bit suggestive. Cummings dropped the fake accent and came into the room, pouring wine into his own glass and slopping some onto the pale gold carpet. ’ he said. ’ Baldwin smiled his tight-lipped smile to specification. Cummings studied him vinously, from close quarters, leering.

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