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5.0 out of 5 stars A tragic story of forbidden love and obsession
The year is 1868; Marnie is 14 years old and partially crippled by Polio. However, she loves the sea and it is in her blood. Living in Clevedon, a small seaside village where the rich and privileged flock to take the `sea-cure', Marnie helps her mother who is a dipper - someone who helps the rich into the sea in the horse drawn bathing huts. Marnie is ridiculed by the...
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The book was poorly written, for example it changed from 1st person to 3rd person through out. However, it was an interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tragic story of forbidden love and obsession, 6 Mar. 2014
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The year is 1868; Marnie is 14 years old and partially crippled by Polio. However, she loves the sea and it is in her blood. Living in Clevedon, a small seaside village where the rich and privileged flock to take the `sea-cure', Marnie helps her mother who is a dipper - someone who helps the rich into the sea in the horse drawn bathing huts. Marnie is ridiculed by the villagers who see her disability as something more sinister than just being an unfortunate consequence of a terrible disease. Although loved by her mother, Marnie has a longing to meet her father and hopes that one day he will come back to her.
Marnie meets the rich Noah de Clevedon on the beach one day. Unlike the village children, Noah does not cruelly taunt Marnie but finds her strangely intriguing. Their strange friendship develops and as it does, Marnie's obsession with Noah steadily grows. As the story develops Marnie gradually loses her grip on reality - she is just desperate to be loved and wanted without being an object of ridicule.
We see not only the story from Marnie's point of view but from the point of view of Noah through excerpts from his diary. The book is superbly written and the description in the book is fantastic - you can taste the salt spray on your lips as you read the book.
The book is meant to be for young adults but the book could have been for adults as well. I really enjoyed the book and was gripped from start to finish. This certainly is a tragic story of forbidden love and obsession
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5.0 out of 5 stars Literally unputdownable, 1 April 2014
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I have never read anything quite like this before. This story rippled my interest because it was such a unsual story. I must say The Madness is literally unputdownable. Alison Rattle fabulous descriptions of Marine's frock and Noah's silk white stockings were an added bonus of detail. Alison has painted such a convincing picture of the sea and the shabby little house that Marnie lives in to the very grand manor that Noah stays in. It shines bright and clear that Alison Rattle is a perfectionist for detail.
The story is set in Somersetshire, 1868 in a seaside village that is framed for its sea cures. Marnie's ma is a dipper who dipped Marnie from such a young age into the sea to help her crippled daughter that has polio that now Marnie swims in the sea like a mermaid. Rich ladies from all over London pay Marnie's ma good money to be dipped believing that they will be cured. A very rich Lady de Clevedon and her son Noah arrive to Somersetshire and stay in a beautiful grand manor. Lady de Clevedon pays good money to be dipped by Marnie's Ma in hope that she will be cured. Marnie and Noah strike up a friendship with Marnie thinking that her life will change now she has met Noah. As the story adapts it shapes into so much more that it would be a shame to reveal all. This is a story that holds a flow of sorrowfulness, but a joy to read. I hope many readers will take the opportunity to read The Madness. I do hope that all readers will enjoy reading this delightful story as much as I have. review by ireadnovels.wordpress.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read for young adults, 21 Jun. 2014
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Set in Clevedon in the late 19th century this book will appeal to young adults and give them an insight into the harsh lives of many young people who had to make a living at an age when kids are still at school today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 3 April 2014
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Another well written book by Alison. Rather short but full of historic interest and sadness for Marnie's naivity and unrequited love I enjoyed it very much. Tricia
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2.0 out of 5 stars The book was poorly written, for example it changed ..., 8 July 2014
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The book was poorly written, for example it changed from 1st person to 3rd person through out. However, it was an interesting read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, not sure if I was annoyed with her ..., 21 Feb. 2015
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Very good, not sure if I was annoyed with her or felt sorry for her! Good page turner and enjoyed the story
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