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Jenny Twist

Jenny Twist Updated April 03, 2013



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Jenny Twist was born in York and brought up in the West Yorkshire mill town of Heckmondwike, the eldest grandchild of a huge extended family.


Angela, an English woman, travels to Franco’s Spain in the early 1950s. Tourism has barely touched the country yet and the people are only now beginning to recover from the deprivations of the civil war. She arrives in a remote mountain village and causes some consternation amongst the inhabitants, who have never met a foreigner before. But Domingo, the goatherd, falls in love with her. When she introduces herself, he believes she is saying she is an angel (‘Soy Ángela’ in Spanish can either mean ‘I am Angela’ or ‘I am an angel’).

They set up house together, and the story of their love affair unfolds alongside the stories of the villagers.

Prominent amongst the characters is Rosalba, the shopkeeper, who makes it her business to know everything that is going on in the village and keeps a tight rein on the people living there. Rosalba has an answer for everything. She is the original wise woman, acting as doctor, midwife and problem-solver.

Other characters are Guillermo, the mayor, whose delusions of grandeur are rooted in his poverty-stricken childhood, Limping Pepe, the irreverent barkeeper, and Salva the baker, whose father kept the village alive in the early years of Franco’s reign by illegally giving extra rations of bread to the women and children.

Behind the story of Angela and Domingo’s love affair are the memories of the people of the village which reveal the story of the brave struggle of ordinary Spanish people against the horrors of civil war and the tyranny of Franco's oppressive régime.


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