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Ma, I've Got Meself Locked Up in the Mad House

Ma, I've Got Meself Locked Up in the Mad House [Kindle Edition]

Martha Long
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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"Blunt, moving and laugh-out-loud funny" (Irish World)

Book Description

The fifth instalment of Martha Long's bestselling memoirs

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (2 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845964489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845964481
  • ASIN: B0063HBL1G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good.... 5 Oct 2011
By MaisyP
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I was soooo looking forward to reading this after loving all the previous books by Martha Long. It started off well and fully captured my interest but I really felt that the middle section was dragged out and lost momentum. I hate saying this but it almost felt rather self aware and formulaic in the way it was written. I couldn't help feeling that the author had become aware of the style that had worked previously and consciously applied that here to meet a publishing dedline. That may be unfair but it all just felt as if it was written with less care and in more of a rush particularly in the middle! having said that the previous books were fantastic and I am sure there will be another to follow which I will still read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ma I've Got Meself Locked up in the Mad House 26 Sep 2011
By Helen S
I have read all of Martha Long's books and I am an ardent fan. Each book always left me feeling emotional and I couldn't wait to read the next and find out how her life turns out. Although I enjoyed this book, I don't think it was as good as her others. It is centered around the hospital where she is sent after a suicide attempt. I felt the hospital story lines were dragged out a bit unbelievable. The end of the book re-sparked my interest in her personal life and had it continued like this I would have read on forever. It didn't however and
I was left waiting for the next book to come along to tell me what I have always wanted to know..."What does the future hold between Martha and Father Ralph?" Would rate 4/5 and would recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating but highly entertaining. 6 Oct 2011
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I am going to be writing some spoilers so don't read if you haven't read the book! I started off the book confused, so I went back to the very first one and started them all from the beginning. Once I got to this one I realised she was writing backwards.

I thought that she had missed out a huge chunk of her life as she didn't want to share it but as the book progressed I realised she was looking back at events in her life; so in effect the book reads backwards! but I was still a bit ignorant of the father that she writes about, as she doesn't for some reason name him in this book but as I had read them back to back I realised she meant Ulick, and it also goes on to explain how they got married and how she got out of the convent for unmarried mothers.

But as I got further on the angrier and angrier I got, I had to stop reading as I thought if I see the words "the poor ma" once more I will throw this book through the window, the poor ma my left eye! I am not saying that any of Martha's story is untrue but I know a little bit about basic psychology and I know that it's very difficult to sever the bonds with a mother and usually the abused child will only cut complete ties with the mother is the most severest abuse cases, and I for one think that if half of Martha's story is true then this classes as severe abuse - that feckless excuse for a woman actually left Martha out to die. Most people wouldn't treat an animal in that way (when Martha had nowhere to go after the convent and before she collapses from pneumonia, she visits that woman, who then promptly asks her for money and throws her back out on the streets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant good read 28 Sep 2011
this book like her previous 3 was brilliant makes you laugh and cry out loud .there must still be another book to follow cannot wait till that come out,,,,
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit disappointing 12 July 2014
By carole
I am a bit unsure about this book,I have read all the books by Martha in order and have enjoyed everyone so far. I am only about half way through and I am losing interest in parts. It was sad that she didn't feel she could share a big part of her life when she had her daughter. On saying that I still love the Martha books and don't wish to put anyone off, I am hoping as I read further on it will pick up. I am looking forward to the next one in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love toread 27 May 2014
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I feel as the books go on, they grip you less, although I still love Martha and have to see what happens to is a true story ,so I suppose this is to be expected . Still would recommend to friends as a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 20 April 2014
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Really enjoyed the book., so much better than book 2. Martha has the ability to draw you into every aspect of her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book! 24 Feb 2014
By me
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Martha Long has written her life story in a series of books. This is another wonderful and moving account of another episode in her life. Highly recommended!
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