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So Far from Home (Dear America (Reissues)) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2003
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In the diary account of her journey from Ireland in 1847 and of her work in a mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, fourteen-year-old Mary reveals a great longing for her family. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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series chronicles the hardships faced by a young
Irish immigrant girl working in the Lowell mills.
Mary Driscoll was eager to leave famine stricken
Ireland to go to America - a place where there
is always enough to eat and poor Irish people
like herself are paid fair wages working at
But life in America is not what Mary expected. She
must slave away long hours in a hot, filthy, crowded
mill for low wages. And then, a letter comes from
Ireland with terrible news.
So Far from Home gives an insight into the terrible
working conditions of the Lowell mills through the
diary of Mary Driscoll, a young Irish immigrant
who hopes and prays on the way to the "golden land,"
and survives terrible working condtions by keeping
alive the dream that someday her family will be
together again in America.
This book is not for one wanting happy stories and happy endings. Holding back no punches, it portrays mid-Nineteenth Century life is all of its unvarnished actuality. Containing no sex or unnecessary violence, it is suitable for young readers, the 9-12 category probably being just right. I would recommend it for any reader, young or old, who wants a short, truthful look at life in 1847.
By the way, the hardcover binding is of top-notch quality, and the attached bookmarker ribbon makes reading this book a real pleasure.
She has to work at the mills, a dreadful place were it is dirty, unjustified and dangerous.
Okay this book was great, but I thought it had two faults,faault number one I dont think the author should have used so many 'twas's and 'tis all the time.
second fault Mary must have been either very patient or very richin Ireland because she did not complain about hunger half as much as other fictional books I have read.
other than that it was a really good book