Through the Pages
The Rape of the Fair Country
By Alexander Cordell
Set in the mid-19th century, this classic Welsh tale explores the hardscrabble life of iron miners and the beginning of their seemingly impossible quest for improved conditions.
Often difficult to read, the story chronicles the Mortymer family, whose children began working in the mines at the age of 7.
Designated a "Big Read" selection in Wales, the reader will look through a window into the culture of the class-divided country where a a very few held most of the money in the land, while the workers died young in the mines.
This book and many others are available in both Spanish and English as well as book and audio form at the De Soto branch of the Johnson County Library. The book is also available on audio tape.
For more information, call the library at 583-3106.