Ron Berry

Hunters and Hunted (1960)

This novel covers a winter, a spring and a summer in the lives of three young Welshmen. Although the three share a common environment, one - Beynon is a man apart. He is a juggler with words, and lives on shreds of hope that depend in a curious way on the mystery of these created words. Amoral and often immoral, he is seldom vitally concerned with truth and beauty in the orthodox sense. Miskin hunts objectively - foxes, hares and women. He is fundamentally a law unto himself. The third, Williams, is a happy, sentimental extrovert, his roots well bedded in the family and tribe.

On all three, Doris May James has her effect - a life-gift to Beynon, a necessity for Miskin, an experience and a quick pain to Williams. Then there is Louisa, who stands for everything in opposition to Doris May; Beynon swings wordily between them, cool and warm, warm and cool. This is the real Wales - mountain air, trout streams, pubs and valleys. Yet Beynon is a man who could have been anywhere.

Published: New Authors Ltd (1960)

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