Slammerkin

by Emma Donoghue | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0156007479 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcrimson-tidewing of Balingup, Western Australia Australia on 4/28/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by wingcrimson-tidewing from Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, April 28, 2016
Born to rough cloth in Hogarth's London, but longing for silk, Mary Saunders's eye for a shiny red ribbon leads her to prostitution at a young age. A dangerous misstep sends her fleeing to Monmouth, and the position of household seamstress, the ordinary life of an ordinary girl with no expectations. But Mary has known freedom, and having never known love, it is freedom that motivates her. Mary asks herself if the prostitute who hires out her body is more or less free than the "honest woman" locked into marriage, or the servant who runs a household not her own? And is either as free as a man? Ultimately, Mary remains true only to the three rules she learned on the streets: Never give up your liberty. Clothes make the woman. Clothes are the greatest lie ever told.

Sourced, registered and reserved for a wishlist tag.

Journal Entry 2 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, April 30, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (4/30/2016 UTC) at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand

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Sourced from Better World Books as a wishlist tag for Edwardstreet.
Not sure exactly where it was released from, but it's heading off to New Zealand.
Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by wingEdwardstreetwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, May 28, 2016
Delighted to receive this wishlist book. THANK YOU.

Wonderful, hugely evocative, I could smell London- taking to Wellington BC meetup

Journal Entry 5 by wingSherlockfanwing at Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Thursday, June 02, 2016
Caught in Wellington City at One Red Dog while meeting with Wellington Bookcrossers.

I very much enjoyed this author's "Room" and now this one comes highly recommended so couldn't resist it although I have been concentrating on releasing rather than accumulating.

We'll see.

Journal Entry 6 by wingSherlockfanwing at Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, July 02, 2016
Was delighted to learn that this book was based on a true story.
As 'Elle' wrote when reviewing:-
"Donaghue uses both the colour of the period and its literacy devices to create rich, complex, and remarkably powerful story...Superb...A novel of real force, filled with unforgetable sights...A profoundly and entertaining and intelligent book."

I really enjoyed this while emphasizing with Mary. So very glad I read this.

Thanks to crimson-tide who started this book on its travels and Edwardstreet for continuing.

Journal Entry 7 by wingSherlockfanwing at Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, July 11, 2016
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Was delighted to find leahjett with this book on her wishlist. I do like sending to people who wish to read it - should almost have arrived in the South Island by the time I write this note.

Journal Entry 8 by leahjett at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Merci! I've just starting reading this (onto the second chapter) and I am entranced. Thank you so much for sending, you have no idea how much I appreciate it. Will write more once read. (":

Journal Entry 9 by leahjett at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Saturday, August 13, 2016
Hmm, this book was good and fairly pretty but I couldn't love it as much as I assumed. For some reason I thought this book was LGBT haha, so I was perpetually waiting for it. It isn't a book that I can re-read again and again so it will be travelling soon I imagine! Thank you for the opportunity to cross this off my wishlist (:

This book raises your eyes to the issues of femininity, women's rights, sex workers rights, the power of men in the 18th century, the issue of racism and the allure of clothes. I love fashion so I can most definitely relate to how Mary felt when she first worked for that red ribbon.

The character I liked the most was Abi. I wish more of her story was developed. I couldn't like Mary. Characters may be 'bad' and have flaws but we need to know why. Sure she's had a hard life but you're always wondering if what she says is honestly crying or she is simply faking tears. I don't know, I found none of her qualities redeeming.

Journal Entry 10 by leahjett at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Friday, August 26, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (8/26/2016 UTC) at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand

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Sent this away as a wishlist trade to the UK (:

Journal Entry 11 by wingSparkishwing at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, September 05, 2016
Thank you so much for sending this wish list book to me. Will get the return parcel on the way as soon as I can. Apologies for the delay in journalling, I have just returned from holiday :)

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