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Bridge Across My Sorrows [Paperback]

Robert Coram , Christina Noble
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11 May 1995
Christina Noble's story is one of bravery and resilience in the face of deprivation and abuse on a scale most would find unimaginable. Her childhood in the Dublin slums barely merits the name: after the early death of her mother the family is split apart, their alcoholic father unable to care for them. Christina is sexually abused and later escapes from an orphanage only to become destitute on the streets of Dublin. At sixteen she is pulled into a car by four men and raped repeatedly. Later, driven to near insanity by overwork and a violent husband, she finds in a dream the will to fight back. Yet this is no vision of luxury and self-indulgence; instead Christina's hope lies in a determination to work among the bui doi, the street children of Vietnam. And here the most extraordinary part of her story begins, on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, where destitute children swarm and the rich turn a blind eye. To these needy children 'Mama Tina' became, and remains to this day, an irrepressible, unorthodox and staunch champion. Outspoken, often angry, yet profoundly moving, Bridge Across My Sorrows is one of the most inspirational stories ever told


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (11 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552142883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552142885
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christina Noble's story is one of bravery and resilience in the face of deprivation and abuse on a scale most would find unimaginable. Her childhood in the Dublin slums barely merits the name: after the early death of her mother the family is split apart, their alcoholic father unable to care for them. Christina is sexually abused and later escapes from an orphanage only to become destitute on the streets of Dublin. At sixteen she is pulled into a car by four men and raped repeatedly. Later, driven to near insanity by overwork and a violent husband, she finds in a dream the will to fight back. Yet this is no vision of luxury and self-indulgence; instead Christina's hope lies in a determination to work among the bui doi, the street children of Vietnam.

And here the most extraordinary part of her story begins, on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, where destitute children swarm and the rich turn a blind eye. To these needy children 'Mama Tina' became, and remains to this day, an irrepressible, unorthodox and staunch champion.

Outspoken, often angry, yet profoundly moving, Bridge Across My Sorrows is one of the most inspirational stories ever told.

About the Author

Robert Coram is a former journalist who has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He is now a part-time writing instructor at Emory University, Georgia, and writes novels and works of non-fiction.

Christina Noble was born in the Dublin Liberties, shortly after the war. After growing up in severe poverty in Ireland she later moved to England where she was married twice. She has three children from her first marriage. She now runs the Christina Noble Foundation in Vietnam, caring for orphaned street children. She tells of her experiences in Bridge Across My Sorrows and its sequel, Mama Tina.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic 28 Mar 2001
By A Customer
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This book will not fail to bring tears to your eyes, it is written with raw power that comes straight from the heart. The story follows Christina through her abusive childhood in Ireland. With her mother gone she is left to cope with a drunken abusive father.
The story is passionate and a delight to read, I could not put the book down as I was desperate to know what happened next. I adore true life accounts and this is the best one I have ever read.
Christina Nobel is a star and one day hopefully she will gain her true worth. Buy this book, read it and then ask yourself "what have I got to moan about. The book also accounts her work in Vietnam with the poor children of that Country, she throughly deserves the title of Mumma Tina
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and moving. 23 Aug 2000
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Format:Paperback
I devoured this book in 3 days, reading it before going to bed and on the train to work (which was a touch embarrassing as I cried the whole way through it). Christina is honest and forthright and writes in a manner that people of all levels can relate to. No child or human being should have to go through the horrendous events that she did. The fact that she has survived and given so much to the street children in Vietnam is nothing short of miraculous. I don't see how anyone could read this and not be compelled to do something to help those less fortunate than themselves. I will certainly be sponsoring a child through the Christina Noble Foundation. The sequel, Mama Tina, is equaly inspiring and moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars astonishingly inspiring 16 Nov 2001
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when i read this book, it wasnt just a story, but evidence that people can fulfill their dreams. literally, as christina did. this book follows her through her most shocking and painful childhood and into vietnam where she worked her miracles. a truly sensational book in every way. an eye opener and a soul strengthener. not one to miss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving , sad story of such great courage. 23 Mar 2000
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Format:Paperback
I could not put this book down, it is unbelievable that a child could go through a life like she did, I cried alot and then towards the end I was so pleased for her that she made such a great impact on the street childrens lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hankies Ready! 12 Jun 2014
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Christina Noble, what can i say, an extraordinary lady who has led a life that would have most of us locked up in a straight jacket and mumbling in a corner in a padded cell. A courageous lady who had a calling, and that calling was to help street children. From a tough humble beginning in Ireland, where you will wonder how this lovely lady ever made it through childhood and beyond. Beaten, abused, mistreated, so much happened to Christina that will break your heart when you read it. But then there are the children. Touching, funny moments that raise your spirits, and all you can do is admire a lady for whom "No" wasn't a word she understood, determined to help these children, Christina sets about raising funds. A lady who is still working today to save street children and one for whom i have the greatest respect and admiration for. If you only buy one book this year, i recommend this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder woman 28 Jan 2014
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She had nothing, but got up from the gutters and gave to others what she didn`t have herself in early life. She is a wonderful woman. This is a must read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A sad read 13 Jan 2014
By Lizzie
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A very sad recount of Christina's life. I read this before Christmas and found the whole true life story quite depressing. I was a little disappointed that not a lot was written about her life in Vietnam. It is mainly about her life in Ireland.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 12 Aug 2013
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This book was recommended to me. I couldn't put it down. The only negative I found was I did not feel enough credit was given to other people involved but I believe there is a follow up & I will definitely consider reading it
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5.0 out of 5 stars buy buy buy
Christina Noble is an amazing enspiring lady, it would seem there is no limit to what this lovely lady will suffer and do to save the children, please buy her book and support her... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Bridge Across My Sorrows
I met the author of this book recently so wanted to read this one and her other more recent book. Have just received this book this morning so not yet read it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Amazing story amazing women very inspiring story of how you can get through a tough time and still continue to help others
Published 17 months ago by Sarah Fearon
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
read this for 1st time about 10 years ago have read it twice since. gonna read it again now love it best book i ever read
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by Ms Sarah Scanlon
5.0 out of 5 stars FABulous read
What a great book. Quite a harrowing read but a story which should be told. This lady is a special soul and her story is sad but the outcome is very humbling. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic!
You will find it VERY difficult to put this book down when you start reading it! It is so good, ive recommended it to all my friends and they have NOT been disappointed.
Published on 28 July 2011 by Frances
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly amazing journey of an amazing woman
I initially read this magnificant book myself and after reading found it incredibly hard to pick up another book for a long time - it left such an impact on me! Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2009 by Mrs. C. Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
This book was a great read both sad and inspiring .What an amazing woman christina noble is .Shes an inspiration too women everywhere.I read it in 2 days i could not put it down .
Published on 22 April 2009 by Lisa Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars bridge across my sorrows
This is the 10th copy i have purchased everytime i lend it to someone it never comes back.the book is the best book i have ever read my daughter did her gcse english lit exam on... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2009 by S. M. Finnegan
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