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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2000
I think this is a great book.. I read it the first time when I was 14, and again at 18 and have been looking to buy it ever since! I beleive this book touches on a lot of things, yes anorexia being one of them (although it is never really fouced on, then again in the 1800s I don't think it was as widely known as know), as well as oppression of women, etc. I think anyone, young or old, should read this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 1997
I enjoyed this book. It was well-written and realisitic in the area of anorexia and its habits, feelings, and the toll it takes on a family, but I have to wonder how realistic it is in the time frame Terris chose to write it. The author did a wonderful job of getting the reader into the mind of Nell while she was in the depths of anorexia. However, I have to wonder how many people had anorexia at the turn of the century. True, not many people today marry to get their family out of debt, but I just don't think many people had anorexia, especially those struggling to keep food on the table. At least that is what the statistics today tell us
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2008
Plots in the story were really intriguing. Imagine yourself wasting away when you no longer have any control over your own life, but the very two things you have control over is making your precious quilt...And your weight. Nell's Quilt delivers a very serious message about a serious disease that's very real and happening even today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2010
It's a shame this book is out of print now. It was a real good read and gave insight into the life of a young woman in the 1800s. I think it was quite an educational read too.
Like other reviewers said - it touches on a number of issues, anorexia being one of them.
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on November 19, 2014
I read it when i was young, and just read it again at age 34, for someone who has struggled with eating disorder issues most of my life, i think this is a very, very accurate depiction of the inner psyche of those with anorexia or bulimia. it is dark; it doesn't leave you with a happy feeling, you definitely feel the uncomfortable hopeless, patchy struggle. but again, based on my personal dark times regarding the illness, this is spot on.
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on October 16, 1999
Not a bad book, but not a great book. Nell's quilt is an example that through out time peoples feelings have stayed the same. I felt kinnda bored through out the book, but it was easy to relate to.
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on March 25, 2013
An older book but still very relevant in today's society of eating disorders and control. I enjoyed the read very much.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2001
I found this book very dark and questionable. I was not sure what the message of the author was. I know there was one, but it was depressing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 1998
this book pulled me in from the first page. I loved it a first rate book about anorexia in terms and language anyone can understand. Evey young girl must read this book. In fact everyone has to read it. Spellbinding!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2004
I have read good books, and this one is definately not one of them. It was horribly depressing and disgusting. I am apalled that I took my time to finish the book. It just kept getting worse and worse. The ending doesn't really have an ending at all. Would NOT recommend.
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