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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 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 woman in 1950 s Ireland who has few options but to enter a home for unwed mothers The Magdalene homes are run by nuns who are often harsh and punitive Some of the parts of the story were painful to read but there were also enjoyable parts with great character development and interesting dialogueConlon McKenna bases her story lines on history she has done her research well I ll definitely look into reading of her writing

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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

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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 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 fast read and I can see why it was a best seller in Ireland PS I am glad I am not Catholic and did not grow up when she did


About the Author: Marita Conlon-McKenna

Born in Dublin in 1956 and brought up in Goatstown Marita went to school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart Mount Anville later working in the family business the bank and a travel agency She has four children with her husband James and they live in the Stillorgan area of DublinMarita was always fascinated by the Famine period in Irish history and read everything available on the subject



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 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 wit

  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 in his blancketand for

  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 fast read and I can see why it was a best seller in Ireland PS I am glad I am not Catholic and did not grow up when she did

  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 woman in 1950's Ireland who has few options but to enter a home for unwed mothers The Magdalene homes are run by nuns who are often harsh and punitive Some of the parts of the story were painful to read but the

  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 the others taken in by the nuns and the difficulties they endured while in their care My heart goes out to all the women who actually went through this experience

  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

  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

  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 t

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