Fall on Your Knees Hardcover – Large Print, August 1, 2002
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- Publisher : Wheeler Pub Inc (August 1, 2002)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 805 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1587242583
- ISBN-13 : 978-1587242588
- Item Weight : 2.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.5 x 9.25 inches
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- #1,622,908 in Literature & Fiction (Books)
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Yes, it is fiction. I suspect it had to be, or it could not have been accepted by mainstream mental health professionals, especially at the time of its writing... It may not be an easy read in places, but it is brilliantly fashioned and comes together to complete a picture that makes TOLTAL sense to me :)
Materia gives birth to four daugthers. Kathleen, the eldest, becomes the love of James' life, in more ways than one. Mercedes is the 2nd daughter, the first child that Materia finds any love for. Frances is followed 11 months later, destined to become a trouble maker and brings nothing but anger from James. Lily is the 4th child that lives for only a few days, but is replaced years later by another Lily, presumed by most to be Materia's fifth child.
In between the births, Materia is constantly fighting depression and unhappiness, married to a man she had thought she once loved but now can no longer tolerate. When James leaves the country to join the war efforts abroad (and to escape a forbidden love) Materia experiences happiness for at least a short while.
The three daughters enjoy the relationship of sisterhood, but the three of them are different as night and day. Things change for the worse when one of them suddenly passes on, and while the story was dark to begin with, things turn for the worse.
FALL ON YOUR KNEES is filled with forbidden love and taboos. It's not your run of the mill soap opera, but a tragic epic spanning several generations. This book may turn off a few readers with it's dark themes and taboo topics, but I think the patient reader should find fulfillment by the end of the book. I found this book well written and very clever in the handling of the story line. It left me in suspense up til the very ending.
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Things I loved
Beautifully written prose with such a beautiful use of words, phrases and built up of sentences. There is a flow to the prose. A real treat
Interesting, but also harsh story, MacDonald seems to have a rather negative view on humanity, this book had the same dark feel as her other book I read.
It sometimes feels nothing positive or nice is ever going to happen to any of the characters.
These sort of books about intertwined complicated family histories are my favorite and so despite some boredom, most of the story had me hooked
As mentioned, it does go on a bit and I did lose my way a bit in the book but I persevered and in the end I can say: a good read