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The Cinder Path

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'You're a loser; you were born a loser.' Was that the whole truth about Charlie MacFell? Was he just the kind of nice chap who always takes the dirty end of the stick, lacking the inner strength to take a firm stand in life or love alike? In one of the most powerful and distinctive novels that this author has written, Catherine Cookson brilliantly portrays a man in search ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published 1979 by Corgi Books (first published 1978)
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Apr 05, 2014 Dorcas marked it as did-not-finish
I'm not really enjoying this one so I'm bailing at 44%. Too many unlikable characters and I'm tired of everyone grousing at eachother.
Sep 09, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
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The downtrodden son of a farmer, married to one woman but in love with her sister, ships off to World War I in search of glory and redemption. On the front lines, he must battle not only the enemy but also the demons of self-doubt which have plagued him throughout his life.

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Jun 22, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
As in most of Cookson's books she writes with strong female characters overcoming some miserable circumstance or misfortune. I also love the English accents given her characters. If you like books set in old England and well developed characters, you will enjoy books by Catherine Cookson!
Tara Chevrestt
Very unlikeable characters. The main man, Charlie is a wimp, fool, and sissy. The sisters torn apart over him are Victoria, a mega you know what and Nellie, an alcoholic. This so badly lacks Cookson's usual flair.
Jul 27, 2014 Doreen rated it it was amazing
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This is one of my all time favorites that I read when I was in my early twenties.
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Jan 17, 2016 Saranga Sharma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Story of charlie, a farm guy, with a tyrannical father. He falls for Nellie though marries her sister, unable to take a stand. Fights in world war while his wife cheats on him. Finally finds peace with Nellie and comes back to his farm to live a life of peace.
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Feb 13, 2013 John Anderson rated it really liked it
I think this must be one of her best. I especially liked the way she dealt with the Great War and its aftermath. The chapters where Charlie is in hospital and as well as his shrapnel injuries is suffering with the effect of battle Fatigue (or perhaps we would call it Post Traumatic Strees) were exceptionally vivid. Her characters are solidly built and believable.
May 18, 2012 Lili rated it liked it
I read all of Catherine Cookson's books some years ago and enjoyed them immensley. I recently re-read all of them and find that on a second look I found them all so very predictable, and was rather disappointed. However I'm sure that it is my tastes that have changed not the calibre of her story telling.
Apr 09, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
most of cathrine cooksons are great always been a fave of mine since nine the ones i dont like are more to do with the story rather than her style .
May 26, 2014 Carmen rated it it was amazing
Like Thomas Hardy C. Cookson recognizes the inevitability of fate
Nov 15, 2013 Moira rated it it was amazing
I read this book some time ago and it was an excellent read.
Oct 19, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
Another good Cookson family saga.
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Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, who Catherine believed was her older sister. Catherine began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master.

Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer - her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby
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