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  • Title: Slammerkin
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • ISBN: 9781844087341
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback

  • Set in London and Monmouth in the late 1700s, this is an extraordinary novel about Mary Saunders, the young daughter of a poor seamstress Mary hungers greedily for fine clothes and ribbons, as people of her class do for food and warmth It s a hunger that lures her into prostitution at the age of thirteen Mary is thrown out by her distraught mother when she gets pregnantSet in London and Monmouth in the late 1700s, this is an extraordinary novel about Mary Saunders, the young daughter of a poor seamstress Mary hungers greedily for fine clothes and ribbons, as people of her class do for food and warmth It s a hunger that lures her into prostitution at the age of thirteen Mary is thrown out by her distraught mother when she gets pregnant and almost dies on the dangerous streets of London Her saviour is Doll a prostitute Mary roams London freely with Doll, selling her body to all manner of cullies , dressed whorishly in colourful, gaudy dresses with a painted red smile Faced with bad debts and threats upon her life she eventually flees to Monmouth, her mother s hometown, where she attempts to start a new life as a maid in Mrs Jones s house But Mary soon discovers that she can t escape her past and just how dearly people like her pay for yearnings not fitting to their class in society
    Emma Donoghue
    Emma is the youngest of eight children of Frances and Denis Donoghue She attended Catholic convent schools in Dublin, apart from one year in New York at the age of ten In 1990 she earned a first class honours BA in English and French from University College Dublin, and in 1997 a PhD on the concept of friendship between men and women in eighteenth century English fiction from the University of Cambridge Since the age of 23, Donoghue has earned her living as a full time writer After years of commuting between England, Ireland, and Canada, in 1998 she settled in London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their son and daughter.


    Maya Rock
    A slammerkin, as is noted on the cover is a loose dress, a loose woman. I love this book so much that I actually couldn't bear to read the end the first time around. Gender and poverty is really well explored. I love the way the main character becomes a prostitute--she wants to buy a ribbon, she can't afford it, so she agrees to kiss this peddler of ribbons and ends up sort of getting raped (that word just seems so harsh even though it's exactly what happened.) Everything is just perfect--that i [...]

    more knowledge -> altered opinion -> explanation & new ratingSince I wrote this review almost four years ago, I’ve learned more about the author, Emma Donoghue. I’ve learned that she’s won or been nominated for several prizes, and that her historical fiction has tended to be centered around the different ways that in past times women were perceived; the pretty limited choices that women often had; and the real stories of certain women that became rather sensational in their own t [...]

    I was highly disappointed by this book, especially since it received some really good reviews. The writing style was fine, and Emma Donoghue painted a fairly accurate portrait of 18th century London. (These are the only things which made me give this novel 2 starsotherwise, it would've been a 1-star book.) I thought the narrative's main flaw lay in its heroine, Mary Saunders. To me, she was very 2-dimensional: she was vain, vapid, egotistical, wholly unapologetic (about her thoughts/feelings/act [...]

    I never leave the house without a red ribbon.Mary Saunders, the focus of Slammerkin, is thrown outof her house after being raped for her desire for a red ribbon.Does the red ribbon establish a kinship between Mary andme? Perhaps. Lacking a common desire or situation, thereader may have difficulty opening herself to a character– in my case, the relationship between a middle-agedlibrarian and a doomed teenaged prostitute.Slammerkin places a very young woman in a desperatelypoor household, where [...]

    Well, from all the books I've read about this time period, it has become alarmingly clear that a woman such as myself would not have existed back then.Women were allowed only a few scripted roles, one of which was prostitute. For any woman who didn't find the confines of holy matrimony a sacrifice worth making, there was always the stree whore, the slammerkin, the dress lodger, the bar wench or the mistress. All were examples of the same thing; a woman who exchanged sexual relations for money an [...]

    This book is anti-erotica. Its about a girl who is forced into prostitution by a totally heartless world (London in the eighteeth century) and who progresses in the course of the book from an innocent to the most depraved of humanity. The story wends its way from beginning to end and is interesting and readable, but it is a crabbed view of humanity, unlightened by any hope of redemption or joy. I enjoyed reading it once but its not one of those books I will seek out again.

    It's strange that when you don't like a book you can come up with a lot of reasons why, yet when I love one I just say "Fantastic. Read it." This book had a lot of ingredients for me to love, but it just fell completely flat. I felt absolutely nothing for the main character, Mary. I think that was the crux of the problem. She is just a psychopath. I mean at least give me a better reason for her to willingly give into that ribbon peddler at age 14 than she just likes colorful hair bows. What? Com [...]

    Laura Leaney
    When I was just a young thing (when was that ever possible?) I had a near obsession with England, especially the age of Austen. It was the equipment and accoutrement of the rich that particularly fascinated me. Jane Austen probably began this, but there must have been some other source that I cannot recall. Even the poverty stricken orphans of the later Dickensian world were painted with Romance for me, because didn't some of them get found? Didn't the end turn out all right? Look at Oliver. Wha [...]

    Most depressing book EVER! Considering that I am currently reading Everything Is Illuminated and We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families right now, and I picked this book up because I apparently was an idiot and thought it would be relief from those two books well, consider my idiocy, please. Not a wise move on my part.Depressing, but amazingly written. One of the best books I’ve read in a long while. As dreadful as some of the characters are, they are all engag [...]

    Been a long time since I read a book I really liked, couldnt wait to get back to and genuinely learned something from and I got all that from this one gemIt is a dark, chilling tale of young girl whose thirst for the finer things in life lead her to the dark side as a fallen woman--but hooray prostitutes, they are the strongest, fiercest and funniest characters in the book and Doll (she reminds me of Sugar from another great book on harlots The Crimson Petal and the White) is my favorite but I c [...]

    “Clothes outlived people, she knew that. Clothes were more of a sure thing.”“Slammerkin” refers to both a loose woman and a loose gown, and the sartorial is a constant motif in this story about a teen-aged prostitute named Mary Saunders in London and Monmouth, a Welsh border town, in the 1760s. There was an actual person of this name, but Emma Donoghue had only a very few sketchy facts from which she created this moving fiction that effectively illustrates that, in the mid-18th century a [...]

    Read: August 2017Rating: 4/5 starsThis is the third Emma Donoghue novel I've read (the first being The Sealed Letter and the second being Room) and based on the strength of all three, Donoghue is rapidly becoming one of my 'auto-buy authors.'I definitely benefited from the fact that I knew absolutely nothing about this book when I started reading (view spoiler)[to the point I didn't even know Mary Saunders was a real person (hide spoiler)] and I would urge anyone who wants to read this to try an [...]

    Slammerkin is inspired by fragments of a real life story from 18th-century newspapers.We follow young Mary Saunders who falls , for the love of a ribbon, into prostitution and ultimate disasterI loved how Emma Donoghue describes life on the streets in London 1760 for a young prostitute.We follow her to the Magdalen Hospital for reformed prostitutes and then to the quiet country town of Monmouth in Wales.Fans of Sarah Waters work and Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White will love this s [...]

    Doug Bradshaw
    I had to read the meaning of each of the stars. One star means "didn't like it." If there were different categories of ratings such as "rate the author's writing skill" I could have given it a four or a five. She is an excellent writer and there was a lot of excellent research and history incorporated into the story which we find on the last page was loosely based on a real incident. It was a Dickensian story but without any redemption. One of my favorite words is lugubrious and look for places [...]

    Must start out by saying this is the second book I've read by Emma Donoghue, and I think she is a brilliant writer. Slammerkin was one of the darkest and saddest books I have read. The book covers 3 years in the life of Mary Saunders, and takes place in the mid 1700's in London and, primarily, Monmouth. It should also be noted that according the author's note, it is based on a real person. Mary's home in London is one of poverty; when she finds herself pregnant and disowned by her mother and ste [...]

    This is irresistible transporting fiction. Emma Donoghhue writes a a story inspired by few surviving facts of the real Mary Saunder's life. At 14 she is thrust into the London streets by her mother and thought of as worthless trash. Mary meets so many bawdy characters like Dall one tuff talking street guide, who teaches her how to make money in the oldest profession known for survival. Mary's desire of vanity holds no bounds although she is given many chances for a fresh life she only knows one [...]

    Nie byłam przekonana, bo mam to poczucie, że twórczość Donoghue ociera się o eksploatację, biorąc pod uwagę, jak bazuje na pewnych faktach na korzyść samej autorki i jej pisania, a nie dla jakiekolwiek innej racji. Jednakże Donoghue ma ogromny talent i powieść napisana jest w niesamowicie wciągający sposób, który każe czytać dalej. Ostatecznie nie żałuję swojej przygody z Mary Saunders. Główna bohaterka jest niesamowicie antypatyczna i uwielbiam to w niej. Jej chciwość [...]

    Tara Chevrestt
    I read the whole thing, to my shock. In the author's defense, there was a vast and rather intriguing group of characters, but none of them were likeable. There is the bitter mother that rues the day she gave birth to a worthless girl, prostitute whose life was utterly pointless, the tailor lady that thought it ok to have a slave, the minister that was also a pimp on the side, the disloyal husband, the religious but hateful fanatic, and last, but certainly not least, an incredible spoiled brat, w [...]

    Jennifer Lynn Harrison
    Wow- This was a fantastic novel, and full of surprises. It is now among my favorites. Emma Donoghue really does her homework, bringing the London of the 1750's alive with astonishing details. The description on the book jacket leads readers to believe that this book is simply about CLOTHES and the love of clothing the main character, Mary, has. And, while a large portion of the book *is* indeed centered around the importance of clothing and the various costumes that people wear, it is about so m [...]

    1760s London, and Mary Saunders desires more than the meager life of her widowed mother. Her lust for ribbon, lace, and the fineries of status leads her to sell the only thing she has: her body. Donoghue is a skillful writer, and Mary's journey as a London prostitute and a country maid is gritty, dark, and depressing, but driven by Mary's vivid personality. Multiple points of view in the second half of the novel detract from Mary's story, but on the whole this is a dark but burning novel which r [...]

    "Slammerkin: a loose gown, a loose woman". I love the concept behind Slammerkin; Donoghue has based her novel on fragments of an old news story from 1744, about Mary Suanders, a 16 year old girl who reportedly died because she had a desire for fine clothes.Mary isn't a particularly sympathetic character; at times I wondered if she was perhaps a little mad. But given the circumstances she lives through, it's understandable if she became a bit unhinged. She's a surprisingly believable and satisfyi [...]

    Such a compelling, satisfying read! Donoghue's narrative voice is witty, idiomatic, evocative, and compelling. The psychologies of all of the characters (even some of the ones who could easily be marginal and stereotyped, like the former wet-nurse Mrs. Ash) are finely and convincingly drawn. The book has a rollicking pace without sacrificing a profound sense of the misery of human suffering and female embodiment (within prostitution, slavery, and poverty). Donoghue slyly inserts into Mary Saunde [...]

    I honestly hate this book. I had thought I would like it as I generally like historical novels but was very disappointed after reading it. Maybe I just couldn't appreciate it because I despised the protagonist who seemed to have no sympathy, empathy, hopes, dreams, hobbies or show any emotions really (aside from prostitution, expensive fashion, lying and destroying families). Throughout the story Mary is continuously being given to, even in the beginning she didn't have too bad of a life but con [...]

    What a pathetic story. There are several times where it could have gotten better but didn't - to my frustration. I could not identify with the main character, or any of the characters actually. Not really additionally enlightening to the times (18th Century England), at least to me. The theme of clothes seemed a bit forced. The main draw was that the book was not difficult to read and I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next (I kept hoping the storyline would get better.) I actually [...]

    Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
    I am not sure I liked that they told me the ending right at the beginning.The story was well told and characters well written. Fully thought put and motives examined.Definitely recommend.

    Okay, so this is the first Donoghue book I have read and it's a book which I knew very little about before reading or buying it as I picked this up mainly because I loved the cover and there were a few people I knew planning to do a buddy read of it and I wanted to join them. A few things I know now as I've finished it up, this is a historical fiction coming of age story where we follow Mary Saunders, a young girl who lives in London in the 1700s with her mother (a seamstress) and stepfather (he [...]

    I can't remember when last I so disliked the main protagonist in a book. I thought Mary was cold, cruel, vain and greedy. I'm sure this is exactly what Emma Donoghue intended, so even though this is not an "enjoyable" book, I still think it's a good book. The author also paints a vivid picture of England in the 1700's, for both urban and rural areas. The story: Inspired by a teenage girl who murdered her mistress in 1763 because she "longed for fine clothes". Set in London and Monmouth in the la [...]

    I picked up a copy of this in the mid-2000s off some "take shelf" and carted it around a few apartments without ever reading it. When I saw it at a library book sale last weekend, I remembered how gripping this author's novel Room had been, and gave it another try. I found this work quite involving as well. Again, we have a young woman who has fallen into terrible misfortune, only here it's London in the 1760's and our protagonist is a ruined teenager for whom the autonomy of being a prostitute [...]

    Over 1/3 of my friends have this on their TBR list or have read it and this book really delivered! Great historical detail of life in London and Monmouth in the 1760s. A couple compliments to Donoghue--first, this book was so different than Room. True, women used their bodies to stay alive but she was able to set the characters in their different time periods with language, manners, etc and have it ring true. So many writers get into a routine of writing mysteries say, or always using the same s [...]

    To be honest I tried to enjoy it but apart from the middle section when she was in Monmouth and trying to find a life away from prostitution, it was just too depressing. Donoghue's descriptions of impoverished 18th century were interesting and well written but I just couldn't like Mary. Perhaps it was clever to make us dislike this unfortunate girl so much but really I can't give it any more stars, there was too little to feel good about :(

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