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The Tin Ticket by Deborah J. Swiss
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Oct 05, 11

bookshelves: non-fiction, nook-st
Read from October 01 to 05, 2011


“Realities and regrets were imbedded in nearly every decision it took to survive.”—page 63

Deborah J Swiss’s, ‘The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women’ is more Dickensian than a novel by Charles Dickens, himself: “The workhouse was a death sentence for 23 percent of those who entered, a mortality rate more than double that for the homeless.”—page 29

Woman = Harsh Life is a recurring formula in both fiction and non-fiction. Like Lisa See’s and AhnChi Min’s women of China; like Judith Freeman’s women of the Mormon west; like Halie Lee’s women of Korea, like Ami McKay’s and Peter Johnson’s women of Canada, ad infinitum… the poverty-stricken girls of the pre-Victorian British Islands, who were “transported [as convicts] beyond the seas,” to Tasmania / Australia suffered incredible hardships. Some survived to have large and prosperous families, and I guess that, in itself, approached the heroic, for all they had to overcome.

Recommendation: A bit disjointed in its organization/construction, though interesting, The Tin Ticket is not always an engaging read.

“Women who were banished by their home country saved a new colony from collapse, accelerated social change, and were among the first in the world to gain the right to vote and to own property.”—page 18

Barnes and Noble NOOKbook, 324 pages

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