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Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes

Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes [Kindle Edition]

Martha Long
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Stands head and shoulders above everything else in the category . . . a remarkable personal and literary achievement for the author and an unforgettable experience for the reader (Irish Independent )

[Long's] story is unique in its rawness and its honesty. Entirely self-educated, she narrates her own life in a way which is both riveting and moving (Greenock Telegraph )

Without question the most harrowing tale I have ever read. Even Charles Dickens, whom we appreciate for being the voice of so many abused children, is left in the dust (Alice Walker, Author Of The Color Purple )

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A heart-rending memoir of a deprived childhood in 1950s and '60s Dublin that will both horrify and inspire

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 671 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (2 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063HBN64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ma He Sold me for a few cigarettes 26 Oct 2007
Bought this book at Cork Airport, have taken it with me to the Maldives to read, what a bizarre contrast. That poor child, having to endure, along with her siblings, the evilist of all creatures, her stepfather, and her mother, how could she, treat her ownflesh and blood like this. There must be a follow up to this, please Martha, don't leave us all in suspense, what happens to Charlie, Harry, Teddie, Dinah, and Sally do they eventually get away from the awful Jackser, does he get his just deserts, and does your Mother live to say she is sorry. I laughed in trying to read the story in her native tongue, her sense of humour was wonderful and descriptive and cried at the atrocities that fell upon her in this sometimes wicked world we live in.In the Acknowledgement notes, she mentions her first born Tina and her lovely two grandchildren, but then goes on to thankn her two children Fabian and Marie-Claire? surely she means three children?
I will try and contact the publishers and ask if there is a follow up, and if i get some conclusion i will post a note here. I am sure, as others are, this story has a beautiful ending, i truly hope it does.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! 15 Sep 2007
i have read hundreds of books over the years and this is certainly one of the best.
the way its written is amazing,i cant believe this little girl lived to tell the tale after what she went through.
hope there is a second book from martha long as i want to read it NOW!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ma he sold me for a few cigarettes 8 Oct 2007
Absolutely the best book I have read in a long long time, couldn't put it down. Desperate to know what Martha did next and how she came to be the women she is today. I hope for a follow up as soon as possible cos I can't wait. She's amazing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 30 Nov 2007
A friend gave me this book and warned me to cancel the days events. I went to bed with the flu and started reading it, and seriously could not put it down. One more page, one more page!!! It was gripping from start to finish, and the cruelty although disturbing was made bearable by the small comforts that come along to Martha throughout the book. I almost shouted out loud when they got a bit of extra food etc. When I finished it, I felt I could hardly wait to read the next installment and find out what happened Martha when she was sent away, so please hurry up Martha with the next book. Brilliant...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does not get any better than this! 21 Oct 2007
I recently traveled in Ireland and picked out this book at a book store in Galway. I started reading it during my trip, it stayed with me over the entire trip and into Dublin, simply could not put it down at night, just amazing. The writer keeps in character for the entire book, gave a child's view into abuse, and left me praying for her personal safety. I keep wondering if the nuns finally were responsible for giving Martha the proper education and shelter she deserved, and if that is how the book finally came to be developed. I would really like a follow-up book, even if it is not exciting. I would like to know what happened to the next segment of her life journey and whatever happened to me ma and that bastard Jacksper. God Bless You Martha. And I hope your book hits the shelves in the US very soon. I think this book would be a best seller here. I compare it obviously to Angela's Ashes -- different, not as comical, but just as captivating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this for my wife who hasn't read it yet, because "everyone is writing about their broken childhood nowadays". One night I ran out of Tom Clancy/Dean Koontz and picked it up to read as a last resort.

Well, it was just fantastic, written through a child's eyes and with a child's language and take on the world. I couldn't believe that a child could go through so much and still emerge victorious on the other side. The absolute desperate situation that she found herself in, living hand to mouth for years, just defies belief.

Very few things make me cry, but this story did... again and again... I found myself wishing I had a time machine that I could travel back to the 50's in and rescue Martha and her siblings... but at the same time it is peppered with the kind of situations that only kids can get themselves into that will have you rolling with laughter.

I just thank God that my 3 little girls are not in the same kind of situation and pray that they never will be. Martha, you are incredible. God Bless you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good reed 5 Dec 2009
Not really one for books about child abuse of any sort, for the simple reason I find it hard to stop myself thinking of any child going through such harrowing times. This book however, (an account of author Martha Long's own childhood) was recommended to me by my sister, so I decided to give it a go. From the beginning I was transported into this little girl's young life, and the many hardships she endured. Martha lived in dreadful conditions, along with her uncaring, cold mother, and her mother's cruel, abusive, lazy boyfriend. As her mother gave birth to more and more babies, it was left to Martha to look after her younger siblings as best she could. In the meantime this child continues to endure both physical and sexual abuse at the hands of the atrocious boyfriend. Forced into stealing from shops, then selling her ill gotten gains to anyone willing to buy, Martha does this with an uncomplaining sense of duty, hoping the proceeds will both appease the boyfriend, and afford her siblings a bite to eat. Despite this read bringing a lump to my throat many times, it equally caused me to laugh out loud just as many times. I found Martha funny, and very endearing, and very much look forward to reading the continuation of Martha Long's story.
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Published 16 days ago by Margaret Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars could not put it down The first to books are the best
Very harrowing story , well written and a page gripper, you just have to buy the next book in the series. Read more
Published 29 days ago by ria grand
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put this book down!
Published 29 days ago by Kim Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars So emotional
I was crying at this book I just wanted to be able to reach in the book and hold and protect all the children and Martha. Read more
Published 4 months ago by vjw
4.0 out of 5 stars very irish
very good read but can get a little depressing at times overall a very good book in my opieon but stlll readable
Published 9 months ago by james neillings
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a present.
Not a book I have read myself, but my wife really enjoyed it, so I've given it her rating. It earned me a few Brownie points as well.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. A. D. Perridge
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book , well worth reading
this book is brilliant , telling Martha Long's stories as a child , martha is a brilliant writer from
Dublin , down to earth and very honest book of her life , I have enjoed... Read more
Published 9 months ago by claire
3.0 out of 5 stars ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes
A bit heavy for me but all people have different ideas on their books, not really for me but I might have another go at it
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Maureen Lush
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Could not put this book down. True story, which made it more shocking but wanting to know the outcome. Have read another 3 of her books.
Published 11 months ago by Polodoll
4.0 out of 5 stars !950s Dublin how awful !
It's hard to imagine all this going on in the times that I was also growing up in England what a treacherous place for all the holy people that were about she was let down by most... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mavee
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