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The Story of Esther Costello: Unabridged [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

Nicholas Monsarrat , Christopher Kay
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May 1994
In a small Irish village, young Esther Costello, victim of a tragic accident that has left her deaf, dumb and blind, is kept barely alive by hardhearted parents. Discovered by a well-meaning American tourist, who is appalled by Esther's shocking condition, she is whisked away to America for treatment. But all the advances of American medicine are unable to bring about a cure and with unceasing devotion, her patron decides to devote her life to Esther's care. But a nationwide campaign to raise public awareness eventually results in donations being diverted to the woman's personal account, and in a harrowing twist to the tale, Esther's faculties are restored, with shocking consequences.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Soundings Ltd; Unabridged edition (May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854969021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854969026
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,945,123 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 the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and poignant - but hardly uplifting! 15 Jan 2011
By bookelephant TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Most moving 28 Nov 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars story of Esther Costello 5 Aug 2013
By maggie
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Content and format 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story 27 Sep 2007
By Laurel Jones - Published on
I saw the movie based on this book when I was a kid. I enjoyed the movie, and was very glad to get the book. The story brings up many interesting issues with regards to people with disabilities, especially hysterically induced disabilities which may be spontaneously reversed at some point. The issues here include exploitation of the handicapped, how this affects the relationships between the disabled and their caretakers, and the psychology of the caretakers themselves. A very interesting study in dependency, charity, exploitation, and the relationships between caretakers and those taken care of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, dark, disturbing 30 Nov 2013
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This is my first Monsarrat novel. It won't be my last. I read this, like another reviewer, because I had recently watched the movie. The novel is even darker, more disturbing and compelling. I strongly recommend this book. The writing is extraordinary and the story will resonate with me for some time.
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