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From the Preface: In the original editions of this, my first book, there was a disclaimer that 'Dinlock' is purely imaginary. While it's true that I travelled all through the Yorkshire and South Wales minefields, Dinlock is mainly based on the very real village of Thurcroft near the once-steelmaking city of Sheffield in South Yorks. 'Davie', the central character, is more than loosely modelled on Len Doherty, a coal miner who was also an accomplished novelist ('The Good Lion' and 'A Miner's Sons') in the D.H. Lawrence tradition. More than any other person he is responsible for jump-starting my writing career. Reviews: ". . . combines a marvelously sharp reportorial eye with what I can only call tough-minded compassion...His book has humor and charm and is entertainining . . . And it is shocking too. Orville Prescott, New York Times George Orwell would have paid respectful tribute to this brawling, dead-accurate anatomy of a Yorkshire coal-mining village . . . (an) affectionate feel for the vulnerable human tenderness that lurks beneath the crude, boastful, maudlin men who go down to the pits . . . Christian Science Monitor . . . almost unbearably vivid. Atlantic Monthly . . . a valuable book . . . Sigal has caught (the village) at a historical moment in a strong light. Ted Hughes, The Nation No middle class English writer . . . could have hoped to make contact as he did . . . Angus Wilson . . . a remarkably fresh and honest piece of observation. Harpers . . . a brilliant piece of writing. UK (Manchester) Guardian . . . a remarkable achievement . . . authentic as the coal dust in the mine. Times Literary Supplement . . . a voyage of discovery, a log kept with...candor and self-searching honesty. Los Angeles Times . . . strong swift prose . . . intense clarity . . . to see people as they see themselves, as they really are, and as they may become. Maurice Dolbier, New York Times The heart of the book . . . is a marvelously detailed, sympathetic, physical description of a day down the pit. London Daily Express George Orwell would have paid respectful tribute to this brawling, dead-accurate anatomy of a Yorkshire coal-mining village . . . (an) affectionate feel for the vulnerable human tenderness that lurks beneath the crude, boastful, maudlin men who go down to the pits . . . Christian Science Monitor
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Clancy Sigal is a professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Zone of the Interior, Going Away, and The Secret Defector. He is most recently the co-editor of Frida: Bringing Frida Kahlo's Life and Art to Film (2002).Review:
"...a brilliant piece of writing." -- Manchester Guardian
"...a remarkable achievement... authentic as the coal dust in the mine." -- Times Literary Supplement
"...a voyage of discovery, a log kept with... candor and self-searching honesty." -- Los Angeles Times
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Book Description Avon, 1976. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0380014637