Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl

by Kate McCafferty | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 014200183x Global Overview for this book
Registered by humberts-doll of Springfield, Missouri USA on 4/1/2006
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by humberts-doll from Springfield, Missouri USA on Saturday, April 01, 2006
This book was purchased by Everett-Reader in order to continue my bookray. The original book, unfortunately, was lost. See link below for information on the first part of this ray.

Attempt Number One

Bookray Guidelines:
I try to be flexible, but these are a few general guidelines to go by:
1.) When you receive the book, please journal that you've received it and then journal again once you've read it to tell everyone what you thought. Finally, journal again (or update your previous entry) once you've sent the book to the next person in the ray.
2.) Before sending the book to the next person, be sure to check the list in case I've needed to make adjustments to the order.
3.) Please keep the book no longer than 4 or 5 weeks before sending it on to the next person.
4.) The last person on the bookray should release the book in some Bookcrossing manner--wild release, controlled release, continuing the bookray, whatever.

MollyGrue (US
2.) GrannyAnn (US/Canada)
3.) Everett-Reader (US)

4.) Aisling78 (US/Canada) RECEIVED
5.) Mamikaem (Int'l)
6.) jennyscott (Int'l)
7.) lauraloo29 (US/Canada)

EDIT: This copy is now missing, so a new copy was purchased by Aisling78. Below is the link to the third copy.

Attempt Number Three

Journal Entry 2 by Aisling78 from Essex, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, April 15, 2006
I received this book from the previous bookcrosser a few weeks ago, and humberts-doll pm'ed me shortly after to send me the new BCID. I'm I'm sorry I haven't journaled before now, my family has suffered an unexpected tragedy and I hadn't gotten to this book since my mind was on other things.

This book is here, safe, with me, and I'm looking forward to reading it -- reading is definitely my way of coping with tough times. It'll be a much-needed escape for me.

Thank you, humberts-doll, for sharing this book as a bookray, and thank you, Everett-Reader, for going above and beyond to assure that this ray can continue. I'm looking forward to getting lost in this book today.

Journal Entry 3 by Aisling78 from Essex, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, July 04, 2006
I didn’t realize that I had already read & sent on this book, and hadn’t even journaled my thoughts about it. I’m sorry about the delay.

This was a mesmerizing book – I was horrified by the brutality humans can show to other humans – Cot was kidnapped from Ireland at age 10, and sold as an indentured servant. There seems to be little difference between indentured servant & slave, for the term of indenture can be extended indefinitely for various reasons, as it was for Cot. Masters also seemed to treat indentured servants harsher, to “get their money’s worth” before the term of indenture was up. Cot was torn form her homeland, brought to another land, abused, forced to do strenuous, backbreaking work, lived in a little shack she had to build by her own means after her work day was through, forced to “breed” to produce children to increase the master’s stock of slaves, suffered the loss of several children…

This was an incredibly difficult novel to read, due to its subject matter. Cot’s life is described through her testimony, for she was captured after participating in a mixed-race slave revolt that took the life of her African husband. The doctor taking Cot’s testimony is unsympathetic to her plight, and looks upon her as something sub-human. Even by the end of the novel his attitude towards Cot, and others in her position, has not changed. The ending of this novel left me sad, wishing that there was a “happy ending” but knowing that was not possible, not for this character, not for this novel, and not for the thousands upon thousands of real people who lived her life during this forgotten period of history.

This was a very slim book, not much more than 200 pages if I remember right, and the first half of the novel was slow-reading. The pace did pick up around the half-way point and I didn’t want to put it down…I remember staying up much too late that night, determined to finish this before I went to bed!

Journal Entry 4 by Aisling78 from Essex, Massachusetts USA on Friday, February 16, 2007
Well, I found the lost book a few minutes ago. I was weeding
older magazines from the basket in my bathroom, and discovered this book laying flat on the bottom of the basket with a pile of magazines on top. I am so sorry.

I just PMed the ray's originator, and will send the book on according to her wishes, whether it's to mail it back to her, wild release it, or RABCK it. I still feel awful that I lost it in the first place.

Journal Entry 5 by Aisling78 from Essex, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, March 10, 2007
Humberts-doll gave me the okay to release this book in whichever way I felt was best. Since Saint Patrick's Day is nearly here, and this book relates to the history of the Irish, I'm going to wild-release it someplace appropriate on Saint Patrick's Day.

I hope this poor book fairs better in the wild than it did as a bookray. On the bright side...now there are at least three copies of this novel traveling the world.

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