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The Story of Esther Costello Paperback – 9 Nov 1984


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New Impression edition (9 Nov 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330284029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330284028
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,221,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Monsarrat was born in Liverpool and educated at Cambridge University, where he studied law. His career as a solicitor encountered a swift end when he decided to leave Liverpool for London, with a half-finished manuscript under his arm and £40 in his pocket. His first book to attract attention was the largely autobiographical 'This is the Schoolroom'. During World War II he joined the Royal Navy and served in corvettes. His war experience provided the framework for the novel 'HMS Marlborough will enter Harbour', one of his best known books. 'The Cruel Sea' was made into a classic film starring Jack Hawkins. Established as a top name writer, Monsarrat's career concluded with 'The Master Mariner'. Well known for his concise story telling and tense narrative, he became one of the most successful novelists of the twentieth century, whose rich and varied collection bears the hallmarks of a truly gifted writer. A professional who gives us our money's worth. The entertainment value is high' - Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookelephant on 15 Jan 2011
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Nicholas Monsarrat's "other" books (those which are not "The Cruel Sea" or "The Master Mariner") are surprisingly varied - but many of them share his rather clear eyed (or one might even say jaded) view of human nature. Esther Costello's story is one such.
Esther, a beautiful, spirited child is profoundly injured in an explosion (an IRA arms cache found by children) leaving her deaf, blind and dumb. Her family, unable to cope with her disabilities leave her to live like an animal in a shed next to the privy. All this is quite bad enough - but then Esther is saved by a well meaning but very human woman, who wishes to do a good deed - but still more to be admired for doing it. For a while all seems to be set fair for a reasonably happy ending - Esther and her benefactress learn deaf and dumb language, Esther is well looked after, there is a handsome (and nice) journalist in the offing ... But the deadly sins come to circle around her - if her rescuer is vanity, the rescuer's husband is lust and sloth combined, and he soon brings in friend avarice and greed ...
Will Esther be rescued from the web spinning around her, or does Monsarrat have a final kidney punch for us? What do you think?
A modern fairytale of the Grimm variety - do read - but not if you are looking for something cheering!
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I bought this on KIndle to re-read it as I'd read it when it first came out and really enjoyed it. It's still a cracking good story years later and one of Monsarrat's best - the tragedy of a young girl who loses sight, hearing and speech after an explosion and the story of how she is helped then exploited by others who see an opportunity to make a fast buck. Really engrossing and memorable.
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Nicholas Monserrat (Author of The Cruel Sea) has written a vastly different story here but with the same depth of characters and descriptive powers. Esther Costello is an emotionally moving story about conflicting motives for helping this deaf/blind Irish girl. Compelling reading from start to finish.
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I thought this book was brilliant. it was a book I had to keep reading to the end. I would recommend to anyone interested in recent history.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr JD Meagan on 8 Feb 2013
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Nicholas Monsarrat is almost a forgotten writer but this novel is well written and gripping.
I don't fully like the format of the book in terms of its size. Books should be smaller so they can fit into the pam of your hand.
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