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About the Author
- ASIN : B00AG8UED4
- Publisher : Corgyn Publishing (January 6, 2014)
- Publication date : January 6, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 470 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 246 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #857,862 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This story of history, love, nuance and irony is, as someone else here has said, masterful. There are no errors, and by that I mean, there is not one single word in this book that should not be here. Every sentence, thought and bit of story line is perfection.
The characters are whole and remarkable in their authenticity, each main character having the ability to love and trust without question. I loved this book and wish it had gone on far longer. It could have been twice as long as it is and it would still be perfection.
If you'd like a journey that stimulate your intellect, imagination and is completely engaging, diverse, and enriching, then Miserere is one to get. Happy Reading
A curse of biblical proportions has travelled down the centuries to one family of Irish heritage, and it's up to a young girl in 1968 to reclaim her family's freedom from that curse. The character of Connemara, Conn, is expertly and perfectly developed, as are each of the supporting cast. Facing a curse she doesn't understand within a society that doesn't allow for differences, Conn sets out to solve the mystery and end the curse. First she has to figure out what the curse is, and, with a series of scant but intriguing and amorphous but eerie clues, decide what to do about it.
The exquisitely chosen title of the book, Miserere, is from the Latin setting for the 51st Psalm, which begins with "Miserere mei, Deus" (Have mercy on me, oh God!). Often referred to simply as "Miserere," it is one of the Penitential, or Confessional, Psalms written as expressions of sorrow and repentance for sins. The history of the 51st Psalm is that it is David's song of penance about his adulterous affair with Bathsheba (Bat Sheva). Lady Jane Grey famously recited the 51st Psalm before her beheading in the Tower of London.
The pacing of this story is as perfect as it gets: Werlinger's narrative moves you along in a page-turning orchestration of events that is all the more exciting because we are seeing it from Conn's point of view. This choice by the author really sets up the tension, and the entire story delivers the punch and the promise of the first few pages. Seriously, this book never stops giving readers who came for a great story exactly what they came for!
Conn has had to relocate with her mother and younger brother to Virginia, and after moving into their new house, she comes to learn much more about her family's history than she ever imagined she could. This book was a great mix of mystery, history, a little adventure and a little Southern Gothic imagery. I loved the story and characters and give it 5 stars.
Caren Werlinger has written a thoroughly well researched novel that spans the 1850s and the 1960s. This is a tale of mystery, of inter-generational implications of sins of the past, leading to the eventual redemption and healing brought about by forgiveness and love. I am running out of superlatives to describe Werlinger’s masterful story telling except to say I simply had to finish this book in a single reading. It is a compelling page turner.
Top reviews from other countries
Utterly absorbing, this wonderful tale begins in Ireland during the time of the potato famine and culminates in 1950s America: When her soldier father is reported missing-in-action during the Vietnam War, ten-year-old Conn, her mother, and younger brother move back to their home in West Virginia. Soon after her arrival, Conn begins to have episodes in which she experiences events in the life of her Irish ancestor, Caitriona. Guided by the flashbacks, and local seer, Molly Peregorn, Conn is determined to uncover hidden secrets and lay to rest the curse that has affected the family for five generations.
This is a tale depicting the very best and very worst of human nature. Touching on themes of slavery, discrimination, and sectarianism, it is a story I found extremely moving, but it was an inspirational story too, for it is also a tale of resilience, courage, and creating positive change. As it seamlessly switches between Caitriona and Conn’s story, this is one of those books that seems to manage to pack a saga into a pint-pot. With great characters, an engaging mystery, plenty of historical detail, and beautifully written, this is my favourite of this author’s books I’ve read to date. Fabulous!
Meanwhile, young Connemara is growing up in 1968. When her father goes MIA in Vietnam, Conn, her brother and mother, up stakes to go to the old family homestead in West Virginia. As the story unfolds, Conn becomes more and more connected to her ancestor, Catríona Ní Faolain, and the curse that has haunted the family for a couple of hundred years.
This is, without a doubt, my favourite book I’ve read this year. An absolute joy from start to finish. I laughed, I cried, I swooned. That’s right, I swooned. Beautifully written with wonderful characters and a satisfying ending. I felt it completely, and can’t wait to read more from this author.
A must read.
I'll not go in to the story as others have done that, I'll just say that this is truly a revelation! If you like some quality writing, give this your time...