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carbon-based life form: thinking, reading and gardening. New College alum; current grad student writing a dissertation. I specialize in children's literature, media, and culture, and queer/gender studies, with a strong interest in 19th century British literature and culture. I like history, a lot.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

A Child's Christmas in Wales

Dylan Thomas wrote a most wonderful short story (or perhaps poem) titled "A Child's Christmas in Wales." In the mid 80s, a film version was made - through some kind of Canadian/UK coproduction. It is one of the most blissful Christmas narrative experiences out there, and should not be missed by anyone with a remotely nostalgic/literary/christmassy soul.

My family watches it every year on christmas, at night, after the unwrapping and eating, when we're all a bit tired and quiet - and it's wonderful. Quite funny at times, utterly entertaining but also really pushes the nostalgia buttons (in a good way).

I cannot recommend this enough. reading the text is also wonderful - Thomas's lyricism is breathtaking. In the first paragraph, we get this:
"I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can find. In goes my hand into that wool-white bell-tongued ball of holidays resting at the rim of the carol-singing sea..."

It's a beautiful text, a beautiful film (Denholm Elliott wonderfully narrates and acts as the grandfather) and not to be missed now (or any other time of year).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, is there a DVD available for this wonderful, wonderful interpretation of Dylan's poem? I LOVED the tv viewing of this Christmas classic, yet I have not been able to see it in several years! How can I tell when it is showing on tv or know when it may become available to purchase on a DVD?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an mp3 i made from an LP, or the poem read by the author.

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