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by Marita Conlon-McKenna

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Marita Conlon-McKenna
Tor Books; Reprint edition (February 5, 2009)
Genre Fiction
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Marita Conlon-McKenna. Tom Doherty Associates, 5 февр. This is the second book I've read by Marita Conlon-McKenna. She has a very engaging story-telling style, and as someone who prefers nonfiction, I'm impressed

Marita Conlon-McKenna. She has a very engaging story-telling style, and as someone who prefers nonfiction, I'm impressed. Her story here is a hard one, of an unwed.

This is the second book I've read by Marita Conlon-McKenna. Another take on the infamous laundries run by Catholic Sisters in Ireland; the first I experienced was the documentary and the film, The Magdalene Sisters. This novel by Marita Conlon-McKenna is told beautifully. Her story here is a hard one, of an unwed pregnant young woman in 1950's Ireland who has few options but to enter a home for unwed mothers. The Magdalen(e) homes are run by nuns who are often harsh and punitive. The reader fully experiences this unfair and nightmarish chapter of young Esther’s life. She looked skinnier than ever, her hair caught up in short bunches on the side of her head. She looked skinnier than ever, her hair caught up in short bunches on the side of her head by or what had happened. They each murmured how sorry they were, Esther barely able to say the words. She couldn’t imagine what she would do if her baby died. Tina had kept on buttering the stale-looking soda bread, piling runny scrambled egg on top of it as if nothing had happened. The doctors had forbidden any heavy work, so she was assigned to help in the kitchen with.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The wide open spaces of Connemara, filled with nothing but sea and sky, are all lost to Esther Doyle when she is betrayed by her lover.

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Электронная книга "The Magdalen", Marita Conlon-McKenna The Magdalen. Marita Conlon-McKenna5 февраля 2009 г. Продавец: Forge Books.

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It is little wonder that this book was a number one bestseller in Ireland, as it deals with a shameful episode in its history, that of the Magdalen Laundries. Run by the Catholic Church, these were homes that were set up for "fallen" women. Originally set up for prostitutes, they devolved more into homes for unwed mothers.

Marita Conlon-McKenna (born 1956) is an Irish children's writer. Conlon-McKenna was born in Dublin and raised in Goatstown. Her Children of the Famine trilogy was inspired by the Great Irish Famine. Marita has won several literary awards, including the International Reading Association Award', the Osterreichischer Kinder und Jugendbuchpreis, the Reading Association of Ireland Award and the Bisto Book of the Year Award (1993).

The wide open spaces of Connemara, filled with nothing but sea and sky, are all lost to Esther Doyle when she is betrayed by her lover, Conor. Rejected by her family, she is sent to join the 'fallen women' of the Holy Saints Convent in Dublin where, behind high granite walls, she works in the infamous Magdalen laundry while she awaits the birth of her baby.At the mercy of nuns, and working mostly in silence alongside the other 'Maggies,' Esther spends her days in the steamy, sweatshop atmosphere of the laundry. It is a grim existence, but Esther has little choice--the convent is her only refuge, and its orphanage will provide shelter for her newborn child.Yet despite the harsh reality of her life, Esther gains support from this isolated community of women. Learning through the experiences and the mistakes of the other 'Maggies,' she begins to recognize her own strengths and determination to survive. She recognizes, too, that it will take every ounce of courage to realize her dream of a new life for her and her child beyond they grey walls of the Holy Saints Convent.
  • Though the tragic story is presented in a simple style, it is totally engrossing in its impact. The reader sees Esther - a model daughter, with varied tragedies in youth, then 'fallen woman' - deal with constant confusion, guilt, and ambiguity as her story unfolds.

    I had been somewhat disappointed by a seeming lack of depth, because Esther's thoughts and emotions are not really explored, and other characters seemed peripheral. Yet the action speaks for itself. For example, the bulk of the story concerns Esther's period of residence in the Magdalen laundry, and one sees her struggle with considering options, and having conflicting feelings about all elements of her life.

    The underlying theme - where punishment and atonement colour every consideration from the sermon at a funeral to the cold, cruel treatment of the residents - is sadly all too realistic. The book is not a horror story (squeamish readers, especially in light of some recent news stories about Irish Catholic institutions, may wish to know that The Magdalen contains no sexual abuse and little corporal punishment), but is utterly chilling. Esther, initially grateful that the nuns offer refuge when no one else will deal with her, grows to see no Christian love at all in her treatment. Yet the constant (and highly accurate, sad to say) presentation of how sufficient penance means salvation gives an underlying sense that those involved might have thought they were 'cruel to be kind' in leading others to salvation.

    Without giving out a spoiler, may I add that it answered a question I'd long harboured: why women who are in such misery (and who are free to leave - this is not serving a prison sentence, for all that the conditions seem those of a reformatory) would sometimes elect to remain at the laundries rather than get another try at a decent life.

    It is a fascinating work which I devoured in an afternoon, surprisingly engrossing for all that the themes are very subtly expressed. The characters are not drawn in great depth, and Esther seems an enigma, but it is an excellent tale of conflict.

  • This is another book about the Magdalene Laundries, where pregnant young women and any other females who embarrassed their families were sent. They did laundry from schools , hospitals, other church facilities, private customers, hotels and restaurants. This was their punishment for being "promiscuous.' When the babies were born, they were taken by the nuns and "sold" to prospective parents.
    Esther Doyle meets Con at a dance and falls in love. When she becomes pregnant, he deserts her, and Esther is sent to a convent laundry by her furious mother and brothers. As all the girls are, she is treated terribly. She longs for escape, but also wants to keep her baby girl. The child is taken by the nuns.
    This is a very arresting well-written story. recommended.

  • Having first seen the critically acclaimed movie, The Magdalen Laundries [please pretend the title is in italics], I was disappointed in this novel. Although the book is supposed to be drawn from firsthand accounts about a Magdalen institution, and the title refers to one such institution, fully half the book is devoted to one young woman's life leading up to her committal to a Magdalen laundry. While details of her life are enlightening, the title suggests more of a focus on life within the convent, which is misleading. The section of the book devoted to the laundry/convent is also rather bland compared to the movie's searing expose. The book leaves the impression that it's a hard life but not all that bad if you're sturdy enough (physically and emotionally) to handle it. The heroine is both; but I wonder if she is representative of the thousands of women who were subjected to live and work and suffer in these horrible places.

  • This book is about a time within the Catholic Church when unmarried pregnant women were exploited. Being compared to Mary Magdalen the sinner these women were continually treated cruelly. Even Mary Magdalen was forgiven but during this time in the church these women were not. I enjoyed the book because it was informative about a subject I knew very little about. As a 21st century women growing up in the 50's I am appalled this went on in the church. I enjoy a book which brings forth an emotional reaction of some sort. The attitude of the nuns was well developed as well as the emotional anguish of the women.