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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The hilarious dialogue in parts of this book had me laughing out loud and trying to remember various phrases for future use. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jenni Sorensen
An easy to read but thought provoking story that stirs all emotions.Published 5 months ago by Chandyl
Though it took a little while for me to get into the book and its characters, I found the harsh reality of the orphans in this book and the sad tatters of a life it left its... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dale Greer
I just finished reading it and I wanted to write this review. I read it in 3 days. It was surprisingly entertaining - both funny and sad. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jennifer
This was quite an enjoyable read but a little on the boring side at times the orphanage was just terriblePublished 7 months ago by Mrs Denise Ferguson
Heart-warming in its simplicity, but incredibly sad in its detail - particularly because the abuse and mistreatment of children at the hands of the church, as outlined in the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Margaret G