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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

River out of Eden


An excellent book for anyone who is interested in the history of Cardiff is River out of Eden by Jack Jones. Its out of print now but Abebooks is a wonderful site for finding out of print and old books. Over the years I have had at least 3 copies of this book and lent them out only never to get them back. I have managed to find another copy, so I wont go down that road again.

River out of Eden is probably one of the best books ever written about Cardiff during the 19th century. More fact than fiction it tells the story of the Regan family, Dan an Irish navvy working on Cardiff 's first dock, his wife Letty and their headstrong son "Taffy" Regan.
Dan's burning ambitions and his rise to power set amidst the background of Cardiff and it's surrounding areas presents to the reader a wealth of information and an enjoyable journey back into the past. as been described as one of the best books that describes the rise of Cardiff as a City. The characters are fictional, but the facts are real. A great story and an interesting way to learn the history of Cardiff.

12 comments:

  1. River view here, sea view in Arradon, you were right!

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  2. Thanks for the recommendation. It sounds like a great book!

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  3. How fine it is to come here and find a book review - I must seek this out, DaveM.

    I'd not heard before of palm nut oil. In America the emphasis is on corn, mostly to satisfy the farmers who raise it, not because it is the most beneficial way to develop bio fuels. Using cellulosic waste products might be a good plan but until there's more emphasis on conservation and less on making a profit, we'll probably spin around on effective bio fuel development.

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  4. Oh this sounds like a book worth checking out...Thanks for the information and the picture.

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  5. My first efforts to find this book show it is available, but costly.

    used book

    River Out of Eden

    by Jack Jones other copies of this book

    price: $96.59

    Ships within 3 weeks

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    Binding: Softcover Publisher: MACMILLAN Date Published: 1979 ISBN-13: 9780330256599 ISBN: 0330256599

    Description: Ex-Library Paperback. GOOD READING COPY. Covers damaged, worn to edges, corners creased, spine bowded, pages yellowish due to age, otherwise internally good. Ex-library. All Books are shipped in Protective Packaging. read more

    condition:

    Book: Fair


    seller information:

    Name: Bookband, UNITED KINGDOM

    Reliability: Very Good

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    used book

    River Out of Eden

    by Jack Jones other copies of this book

    price: $80.19

    Ships within 3 weeks

    add to wishlist
    Binding: Softcover Publisher: MACMILLAN Date Published: 1979 ISBN-13: 9780330256599 ISBN: 0330256599

    Description: Ex-Library Paperback. GOOD READING COPY. Covers damaged, worn to edges, corners creased, spine bowded, pages yellowish due to age, otherwise internally good. Ex-library. 22524B3CRE3PX 8115129 1 (H07-07) read more

    condition:

    Book: Fair


    seller information:

    Name: Bookbarn International Ltd, UNITED KINGDOM

    Reliability: Good

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  6. That is an excellent way to put historical facts into perspective. I wish all our children's history books had been written that way.

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  7. Hello Dave,

    Not been on a visit for a while. Your pics are as great as ever. Loving all the information that you have put with them.

    Happy Saturday !!

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  8. Dave, thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. Will be back to my regular schedule soon.
    LOL Wanda

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  9. The way you had describe this book sounds like a wonderful and interesting book to read about your town.

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  10. The Giants won. Too bad for the Patriots.

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  11. You are thoughtful, DaveM, to listen for news of the weather in Little Rock. The tornado missed the capitol city altogether, this time.

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  12. I love books like these, the ones which use real history as the background...but this book sounds expensive! You are right not to lend it out, I have had the same experience with lending out books. I never see them again.

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Thanks for your comments. Whenever possible I will always reply. Dave