The most famous Welsh novel?
01/12/11 13:15 - Filed under : books
The most famous opening sentence, novel and author in the Welsh language. The first Cromen book – and where better to start?
“Mab llwyn a pherth oedd Enoc Huws, ond nid yn Sir Fôn y ganwyd ef.”
The most famous opening sentence, novel and author in the Welsh language. A literal translation would be – "Enoc Huws was a son of the grove and hedge, but he wasn't born in Anglesey." A son of the grove and hedge is an experssion for an illegitimate child.
Enoc Huws comes face to face with Richard Trefor – one is a painfully shy but successful merchant and the other is a rich Captain, the master of a lead mine and father to Susi. There's a death at the beginning of the novel and a marriage at its end but between those two events we meet a housekeeper, a policeman, a minister and a shoemaker as well as a few rogues and humbugs.
Daniel Owen, 1836-1895, was a tailor in Mold (Yr Wyddgrug) and described his society at the end of the 19th Century. His novels were published one episode at a time in magazines and newspapers: Enoc Huws and Gwen Tomos in Y Cymro; Rhys Lewis in Y Drysorfa.
Enoc Huws is availabe as a digital e-book in epub and mobi formats through the Cromen shop and as a paperback book on Amazon and Lulu – go to the Enoc Huws page for further information.