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Port 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. For about five years now I ve had a private list on known as the library list as it was simply for me to be able to keep track of what books I d look forreuest from the library Recently I decided I should go to the earlier pages of the list and see what still interested me This one was on the list since mid summer 2008 having learned about it after reading Ann Patchett s The Patron Saint of Liars The memory s working well today LOLAnyways I snuck this one in despite not being done with a previous book since it s due back to the library todayOverall it was decent While I had heard of the Magdalens before and even read a similar story elsewhere this is the first one actually set in Ireland in the 1950s It was a decent enough read but nothing super outstanding I feel I ve been on a spate of just mediocre reads lately and that s disturbing I felt like there was a ton of build up at the beginning and a lot of promise and then by the end it was rather a let down I understand an author s desire to let the reader come to their own conclusion about a character s future but I just like having all my ends tied This will forever be a statement of mine lol Alfablot she begins to recognize her own Wild Gypsy Rose (Royals of Cardenas Book 4) strengths and determination to Heads of the Colored People 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. For about five years now I ve had a private list on known as the library list as it was The Syrian Rebellion should go to the earlier pages of the list and Lovers Destined still interested me This one was on the list Sweeter Than Wine summer 2008 having learned about it after reading Ann Patchett Lady Ariana s The Patron Saint of Liars The memory Milk And Honey s working well today LOLAnyways I Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price snuck this one in despite not being done with a previous book The Substitute Bride since it The English Wife s due back to the library todayOverall it was decent While I had heard of the Magdalens before and even read a The Octopus Museum story elsewhere this is the first one actually Blood in the Dust set in Ireland in the 1950s It was a decent enough read but nothing Living to Tell the Tale A Guide to Writing Memoir super outstanding I feel I ve been on a The volunteer spate of just mediocre reads lately and that Sweet and Sour Milk Variations on the Theme of An African Dictatorship s disturbing I felt like there was a ton of build up at the beginning and a lot of promise and then by the end it was rather a let down I understand an author The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling s desire to let the reader come to their own conclusion about a character Milk and Honey s future but I just like having all my ends tied This will forever be a Incarcerated Visions of California in the 21st Century statement of mine lol

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The Magdalen

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 babyAt. Well done to this Irish author for her bravery and support of women This account of a fictional young woman s time in the Magdalene Laundries in the 1950s was written in 1999 before the Irish State had been forced to issue a fulsome apology to all the women so wronged Esther lives in a rural community in Connemara and with little excitement or world experience her head is easily turned by a handsome lad who arrives to work a nearby spinster s farm This portion of the book actually rings very true with another book I read recently Would You Marry A Farmer by Lorna Sixsmith who examines the history of Irish farm domestic life The grown farmers looking for wives had to wait until their parents had died or retired the younger sons had to find other work as the farm would only support one family while the women had to get work elsewhere or if they inherited a farm find a man willing to work it who might be all too keen to marry into the farm At the same time in The Magdalen we see that children were generally cherished even if the family had little moneyHalfway the story changes as Esther s religion obsessed mother orders her pregnant daughter out of the house and the narrow minded community would not accept a single mother or her child The only recourse is a home for fallen women run by the nuns and Esther chooses to go to Dublin where nobody knows her In fact she might as easily have gone to a nearby home for high walls surround the place the gates are locked and nobody ever leaves The women have to work right through their pregnancies laundering clothes and linen much of which is sent by hotels and as a report showed in 2013 by the State Food is bad beds cold punishment and verbal abuse are freuent prayers obligatory for their penance Then the babies are taken away the book doesn t say but the report showed that they were sold Some women come in to the laundry as transfers from the orphanage next door while others never leave and are worked to death in their middle age Esther gets to know these girls and women each with a different tale to tell and has to face the fact that she might never be allowed to leave and if she does she has no home to return to and nothing but her determination to survive To those who wonder if the account is exaggerated the thousands of women so treated were put to work without pay without social insurance or pension contributions they were totally dependent on the nuns for everything they were not allowed to leave if they did escape the Garda were called and tracked them down and brought them back their babies were taken from them and sold As an international expert on slavery told us If there is a better definition of slavery I have yet to hear it Don t forget that nuns too often had little or no choice in joining a convent sent by their families and received no pay or pension but were obliged to hand over a dowry and any inheritances to the Catholic Church those who brought money were better treated and were able to regard nuns from impoverished families as skivvies The Church profited greatly from their labour Aside from all the social tensions which are still relevant today as I write the State is inexplicably planning to build a maternity hospital on land which is owned by nuns who ran Magdalen Laundries but which is heavily tied up in loans taken out by the nuns the Order owes millions to the State as compensation to the survivors of its institutions and has paid very little of it but would be the de facto owners of the new hospital I like the small details of life Such as the photographer on O Connell Street a well known sight who preserved views of the changing times for decades The author originally wrote children s books and historical accounts so she has found a mature theme as her success enabled her to continue writing Scenes are vividly described Nice collouial Irish phrases are used and if I find anything to criticise that would be the occasional clumsy wording like You heard me smirked Joan people don t smirk words This should have been picked up by an editor You may also be interested to readWould You Marry A FarmerA Light In The WindowDropping The Habit

REVIEW The Magdalen

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 childYet despite the harsh reality of her life Esther gains sup. EstherWhat to write those poor people left In the magdalen laundries cast out by there families and left in the nuns care I wouldn t put an animal in there care it is hard to read but there stories must be told 5 stars


10 thoughts on “The Magdalen

  1. says:

    Well done to this Irish author for her bravery and support of women This account of a fictional young woman's time in the Magdalene Laundries i

  2. says:

    when i read this book then thanks God i am in Indonesia and not in her place even not really diferent in here religious people sometime can be bad but the way she lived and handle her problem can make me be strong too you go girl sometimes man always be coward and not take for responsibility for what he have done hiding

  3. says:

    Last week I received this book in the mail from the informal book group and had not ever heard of it So I read a few pages and found myself instantly concerned and interested in the lead character Esther It is a fa

  4. says:

    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 Her story here is a hard one of an unwed pregnant young

  5. says:

    After seeing the movie Philomena I was interested in these young women of Ireland Maggies I loved this book following the story of Esther and

  6. says:

    EstherWhat to write those poor people left In the magdalen laundries cast out by there families and left in the nuns care I wouldn't put an animal in there care it is hard to read but there stories must be told 5 stars

  7. says:

    Couldn't finishnothing exceptional and did not hold my interest

  8. says:

    The magdalenBrilliant read really enjoyed this book looking forward to reading thoroughly enjoyed it well worth a read thank you

  9. says:

    For about five years now I've had a private list on known as the library list as it was simply for me to be able to keep track of what books I'd look forreuest from the library Recently I decided I should go to the earlier

  10. says:

    I did not like this book It was crafted well and the prose is passable but it lacks something I can't put my finger on the problem but I do think the ending was terribly clipped It just ends abruptly without building up to the finale You know it's the end because it's the last page not because the drama was resolved in some way

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