#Ireland Emer Martin
- Author: Emer Martin (1972)
- Title: The Cruelty Men
- Published: 2018
- Trivia: shortlisted 2019 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the year
- List of Challenges 2019
- Monthly plan
Shortlisted books: read 3/5
- Magdalene laundry survivors are honoured.
- Atlantic, children are wrenched from their parents and put in cages.
- Both the laundries and the systematic practice of harvesting children
- to feed labour requirements of industrial schools
- …carried out by the “Cruelty Men” of the title.
- Honest, raw, brave look at dysfunctional Irish society 1930s-1960s.
- Writer is talented and knowledgeable about the effects
- of religious and industrial institutions on the lower class.
- She also blends Irish myth, folklore, and landscape
- …into a witches (Irish hag) brew.
- I think Emer Martin wants to squeeze
- so much shock and awe
- into the narrative to that the
- pain of reading the book overwhelmed
- the pleasure of reading it…in my case.
- I had to put the book down in disbelief.
- Some may like this book….some may not.
- Martin explores difficult topics with a touch of Irish surrealism.
- The beginning of the book was meant to ‘hook’ me
- …and nudge me further into the novel.
- The first chapter just baffled me.
- You’ve been warned.
- It took my unshakeable resolution to finish
- reading this shortlist (foto)
- …that prevented me from closing the book after 100 pages.
- Will it win Kerry Group Best Irish Novel of the year?
- I think that there are better books on the shortlist.
- I hope you take the time between now and 29 May 2019
- …to read the shortlist and choose your winner!
- Dark side…of Irish history.