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The Misremembered Man by [McKenna, Christina]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

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Length: 325 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The Misremembered Man is a beautifully rendered portrait of life in rural Ireland which charms and delights with its authentic characters and gentle humor. This vivid portrayal of the universal search for love brings with it a darker tale, heartbreaking in its poignancy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing; Reprint edition (17 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZMWUCU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This is the best read I have had for a very long time. If there was 6 stars, that's what I'd give it. A wonderful story, at times tragic and heartrending, in others laugh-out-loud funny. I adored the characters and their conversations, mannerisms and perspectives on life. I am now relishing devouring Ms McKenna's other stories with eager anticipation.
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A good holiday read with many funny moments that had me laughing intermingled with the deepest sadness of the pain inflicted on innocent children raised in orphanages by people who were supposed to care for them.
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This book is dreadful. Clumsily written, unappealing characters, I think I quit within a few chapters. Maybe it got better but I couldn't handle reading more to see.
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This transported my to Ireland. The characters are wonderfully real and easy to identify with. I'm sure there are many more similar stories about this terrible time and my heart break's for them all.
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I enjoyed a small glimpse into the Ireland of the time through the strong characters in this book. Thank you for bringing the misdeeds of those so called "orphanages" to your readers.
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We all know this person from somewhere in our lives. Some witty sections to be appreciated.
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By Gayle Beveridge TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 November 2013
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This review was originally posted on amazon.com on September 30th, 2013.

The Misremembered Man is a powerful, entertaining, and engaging story.

Jamie is a lost soul, a survivor of a merciless childhood in one of Ireland's 'industrial school' orphanages. Left alone after the death of his Uncle Mick, his friends Paddy and Rose, encourage him to seek out female companionship. Lydia is a schoolteacher and her mother's carer. She is a woman hungry to live life and it is her lonely-hearts advertisement that Jamie answers. These two live in different worlds and it is hard to imagine how they could ever come together. This book will not end as you expect. These characters will draw you in. They deserve more than they have and I wanted it for them.

The chapters dealing with Jamie's time in the orphanage are brutal. The author does not subject her readers to a gruesome blow by blow account but paints this horrid picture no less effectively. It invoked not only sorrow for Jamie but also a raw and savage anger on his behalf. It is historical fact that such places existed and humanity should hang its head in shame for allowing them.

The conclusion is surprising and the author unwinds in a rush of urgent suspense. It is more than a page turner as I found myself wanting to jump ahead. I cannot remember any other book that engaged me so completely. As I read I could not help but beseech Paddy to hurry - you will understand when you read it; there will be no spoilers here.

I am glad I bought a paperback copy rather than the e-book. This is a keeper, a book for the top shelf, to be read again, to be held in hand ad savoured.
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I could not put this book down - I was very surprised to read that this is Christina McKenna first fiction - hope that there are many more books to read by this same author in the future.

Set in Ireland in the 1930s and 70s, James is a 40 year old orphan struggling with life and wanting a relationship, but doesn't know how to go about meeting a lady. Lydia, a 40 single lady living with her mother and knowing there is more to life wanting to discover more.

The back story - which is told every alternative chapter, of James is heartbreaking. This book was entertaining and emotional - I was hooked.
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