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The Wonder door Emma Donoghue
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The Wonder (origineel 2016; editie 2017)

door Emma Donoghue (Auteur)

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"Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who is said to be living without food, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl. As Anna's life ebbs away, Lib finds herself responsible not just for the care of a child but for that child's very survival. Haunting and magnetic, The Wonder is a searing examination of doubt, faith, and what nourishes us, body and soul. Written with all the propulsive tension that made Donoghue's Room a huge bestseller, it works beautifully on many levels -- an intimate tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a spellbinding story of love pitted against evil." -- from back cover.… (meer)
Lid:birksland
Titel:The Wonder
Auteurs:Emma Donoghue (Auteur)
Info:Back Bay Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
Verzamelingen:Jouw bibliotheek
Waardering:***1/2
Trefwoorden:Girl starves herself in Catholic Ireland

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The Wonder door Emma Donoghue (2016)

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This book takes place in a small village in rural Ireland in about 1859.

It is written in the first person by a character named Lib Wright, a formerly married woman who seems to be single at the start of the story, and we are led to believe she is a widow. She trained as a nurse under Florence Nightingale and was in the Crimean War.

She is summoned to the village to observe and monitor a young child named Anna who claims not to have eaten any food for four months. A group of elders in the community want her and another woman who is a nun to monitor Anna for 14 days and confirm whether she is eating or not so they can then decide whether this is a miracle or not and take the information to Rome. The community is very Catholic, as is Anna.

Lib is very jaded. She's convinced she will prove Anna is somehow being given food. She's not happy to have been duped into taking such a job. She's appalled by the poverty and the religious zeal of the family. The local doctor is suspecting odd explanations such as transformation of the child into creature that doesn't need food.

After a few days of observation, it becomes clear that Anna is starving to death. Lib becomes convinced that she was previously receiving a small amount of food but now that she is being independently observed, she is no longer getting even that smuggled food so she is literally dying.

She is unable to convince Anna to take food. Anna believes that she must fast in order to save the soul of her brother who at the age of 14 passed away a few months ago without being forgiven for his sins, so his soul is in jeopardy. She sees her actions as an act to appeal to the leniency of God and save her son.

Of course, there is much more to the story. Lib meets a journalist at the little tavern where she is staying. He is Irish but appeals to her reason and becomes an ally, and a lover.

The story ends with Lib and the journalist kidnapping the young girl and using subterfuge to convince her to become someone else named Nan and start eating. They fake her death by setting the cottage where she lives on fire, then flee and take a boat to Australia.

There is a specific reveal in the story where we learn that Lib had a child who died and that is when her husband left her. It has greatly influenced her and it is the reason why she becomes attached to Anna and wants to rescue her. We only learn this very late in the book. Before then, it is not clear what happened in her former relationship. She uses dialog with the journalist to finally reveal this information to him. Withholding of this information until late in the story suddenly turns the tale on its head. We understand the main character in a way we couldn't have beforehand. So the main character is an unreliable witness in the story up to this point in time. The resolution then proceeds very quickly and the child is rescued in time.

I enjoyed the book. I was appalled by the Catholicism and the ineptitude of the local doctor and clergy and the parents. Anna had been seduced by her older brother and she knew he had sinned and wanted to save him. Her mother refused to believe her when she shared this information and the local priest blamed her when she confessed to him. It really showed how terrible the church can be, especially the Catholic church, and how it contributed to the problems faced in Ireland through British rule and Church rule during this time. ( )
  CarolBurrows | Sep 26, 2021 |
Another woman takes a blow from Ireland novel. English nurse Lib, having nothing much better to do takes a lucrative job in the center of Ireland watching a young girl said to have eaten nothing for 4 months. She is sure of many things, one of them being that she will catch the girl eating in a mater of days. Her sureties change. ( )
  quondame | Sep 13, 2021 |
https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/3761063.html

Set in mid-19th century Ireland, an English nurse is sent to investigate the mystery of a child who apparently survives without food, in the immediate aftermath of the Famine. It's pretty obvious to the attentive reader what is really going on from an early stage, but it's a well-told story and the ending was unexpected. (However, I really doubt that a 19th-century Englishwoman would be unaware of the Biblical story of manna!) ( )
  nwhyte | Sep 13, 2021 |
Audiobook narrator is fantastic. She without a doubt increased my enjoyment.

From author site: http://www.emmadonoghue.com/books/novels/the-wonder.html

"The Wonder is a tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil." - " shortlisted ... Shirley Jackson Award for the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic" - "Donoghue is now adapting The Wonder into a feature film with Element Pictures (with whom she made Room) and House Productions."- "I came across the Fasting Girl phenomenon back in the mid-1990s - so long ago that I can’t even remember where I first read about these girls and young women (and very occasionally older women or men). I was instantly intrigued by these cases, which seemed to echo medieval saints starving as an act of penance, and also modern anorexics, but weren't exactly the same as either. It seemed to say a lot about what it’s meant to be a girl - in many Western countries, from the sixteenth century right through to the twentieth - that these girls became celebrities by not eating.

But I never found one real case that rang that little bell in me, telling me this was the story I had to tell in a novel. Some were too tragic, even for a writer with my dark tastes; Sarah Jacob, for instance, a little girl who died while being ‘watched' by nurses in 1869. Some were low comedy, such as the case of Ann Moore, exposed as a cheat in 1813.

Finally it occurred to me that if I was still so fascinated by the Fasting Girls, two decades on, I should drop my usual method of writing a historical novel based on a real case, and let myself invent a story. I’d set it in Ireland, of course - not just because that’s my homeland, but because ever since the Great Famine of the 1840s, we’ve defined ourselves as a people intimate with hunger."

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Set in historical Ireland right after the potato famine which was 1845-1849.

When I began this I couldn't imagine how the author could fill a whole book with a nurse & a nun watching a girl not eat. They assume it's a fraud and set up watch, expecting that they'll exposes it quickly. It is a little slow, a little repetitive in the beginning but eventually the realization that the girl isn't eating & may be in serious harm allows the book to become suspenseful. The village thinks she is a Saint living on mana from Heaven. Damn it, save that girl! (That is also in the desc so not spoilery)

Finished now. I wouldn't put any emphasis on "psychological suspense" or "horror". The time period allows for the villagers to rely a lot on superstitions. And the whole area's Roman Catholic beliefs set up a lot of the tension. One of the problems I found with the story is the MC and the reporter seem very modern in their thinking. But she is a nurse and he is a "reporter" so it works to allow them a different insight into reality. I really don't want to give anything away but I will say I very much enjoyed my time in old Ireland and will keep the author on my "add anything she writes tbr" list.

I usually save 5* for stories I want to own and re-read. This was perfectly enjoyable and is a good example to remind me why I love to read. ( )
  Seayla2020 | Aug 22, 2021 |




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  doryfish | Aug 20, 2021 |
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Historical fiction can give us rare insight into lives we might never have imagined, beliefs we could not otherwise have understood. The believability is what engages us, and this requires that a story retain some of the mysterious quality of real life: the inexplicable suffering, the ineffability. The Wonder wanders away from this and into the realm of happy-ever-after. In this it is not so wondrous after all.
 
After making my way through several recent novels written in tiresome hey-look-at-me prose (Emma Cline’s “The Girls” comes to mind), “The Wonder” arrived as a welcome relief. Donoghue’s prose is as sturdy and serviceable as a good pair of brogans, but never nondescript...After making my way through several recent novels written in tiresome hey-look-at-me prose (Emma Cline’s “The Girls” comes to mind), “The Wonder” arrived as a welcome relief. Donoghue’s prose is as sturdy and serviceable as a good pair of brogans, but never nondescript..Even less palatable is the distracting romance Donoghue loads onto the second half of her tale..These are flaws, but not fatal ones. For the most part, “The Wonder” is a fine, fact-based historical novel, an old-school page turner (I use the phrase without shame).
 
Emma Donoghue leaves little to Wonder about in the plot of her latest novel..Clever and seductive as its premise is, the novel is ultimately marred by the explanatory overwriting that has sometimes affected Donoghue’s work in the past. Donoghue’s prolificacy extends not just to books (she’s written nearly 20) but to the page: cudgel-like repetition is too often used as a means of emphasis. That, combined with too many ponderous nudges and winks, means there’s little we don’t see coming from early on. Plot-wise, there’s little to wonder about in The Wonder.
 
Part mystery, part supernatural thriller, part meditation on religious fundamentalism, Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder serves questions in triplicate about this very matter, through the mind and body of an 11-year-old Catholic girl who does not eat and yet continues to live.....The Wonder rides high on the acclaim of Room – which explored the lives of Jack and his mother as they lived in captivity in a shed belonging to the man who raped and kidnapped her as a teenager – and shares in its many themes. In Room, the pair lives in a claustrophobic physical space, but also a spiritual one that at times makes it a difficult read..The Wonder rides high on the acclaim of Room – which explored the lives of Jack and his mother as they lived in captivity in a shed belonging to the man who raped and kidnapped her as a teenager – and shares in its many themes. In Room, the pair lives in a claustrophobic physical space, but also a spiritual one that at times makes it a difficult read
 

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Emma Donoghueprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Glyder, KimberlyOmslagontwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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"Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who is said to be living without food, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl. As Anna's life ebbs away, Lib finds herself responsible not just for the care of a child but for that child's very survival. Haunting and magnetic, The Wonder is a searing examination of doubt, faith, and what nourishes us, body and soul. Written with all the propulsive tension that made Donoghue's Room a huge bestseller, it works beautifully on many levels -- an intimate tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a spellbinding story of love pitted against evil." -- from back cover.

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