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Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
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Feb 21, 2008

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bookshelves: 2011, 3-stars, historical-fiction, owned-ebook
Read from August 11 to September 30, 2011

In many ways Slammerkin reminded me of older Danish books in style (like Ditte Menneskebarn and Guds blinde øje to name a couple of examples), but unfortunately that's not an entirely good thing. I've always thought those books too depressing for their own good and much to my disappointment, Slammerkin didn't buck that trend.

A shame, because I had had high hopes for it - Emma Donoghue's Room being one of the very best books I've read this year - and for a time it looked like Mary would figure out how to better her situation and make the most of what life had dealt her. I found the historical descriptions believable and interesting, which is what earned the book its third star, but as a whole, it was merely okay.

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Emma Donoghue
“In the year 1752 it was announced that the second of September would be followed by the fourteenth. The matter was merely one of wording, of course; time in its substance was not to undergo any change.”
Emma Donoghue, Slammerkin

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