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Suffer The Little Children: The True Story Of An Abused Convent Upbringing Hardcover – 8 Jan 2009
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As the true story of abuse in a convent upbringing, this is a particularly harrowing account...the pain and fear that Reilly felt during this period is almost tangible in her frank prose. (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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But yet the triumph of the human spirit emerges through her acts of resistance to the regime at the Nazereth, her escape from it and the way in which Frances fashions out a singing career as well as,of course,the successful legal action she takes against the nuns.
A testimony to the horrors perpetrated in the name of institutional religion.
Few books have awakened such deep feeling within me. I would thoroughly recommend this book, but be sure to keep it away from younger reader. You don't want you 13- year-old daughter to pick it up, this is defiantly for adults only.
Frances Reilly's story is not an uncommon one and I hope that writing it all down helped her in some way accept that people in the world are not all evil and cruel as her experiences express.
The title says it all really - Suffer the little Children - as these evil women made sure they did.
I should have liked to have known how all the family got on when once out there in the world. The youngest child wouldn't have had any idea what the outside world was like until she stepped out into it. Maybe Ms Reilly could write another book to tell us of what happened to the children therein mentioned and also what happened in the Court case she brought.
The contents made me so angry, that people like this who are supposed to care, took no care at all, and lived a life amongst young children who had nothing; and they even took what precious possessions they had 'for the more deserving'.
I hope the Catholic Church was brought to account. It appears that no matter how many prayers the children were forced to make, there was no godly presence for them, only black and white shadows of pure evil in their daily lives.
A very sad read - my heart goes out to her.
Reilly's story is harrowing and compelling, and her writing style is very captivating indeed. I could not stop reading... she swept me into her story so well that I had to keep on reading the next chapter to see how she fared. I knew she was no longer at the convent, now an adult writing this book, but every page I had to keep going to see if she would escape. When she detailed her escape attempts, my heart would sink when she was eventually taken back to the wicked convent. At one point I swear my heart was racing, just because of how she had immersed me in the moment -- even with a true story, it's quite an accomplishment for a writer to achieve this.
Playing devil's advocate, I did at times wonder about the specific accuracies. She recites whole conversations, but I do wonder if some of it is enhanced for the story telling mechanism -- particularly when it's hard to remember conversations we had last week, let along many years ago. But this doesn't detract from the story, as I can live with a slight dramatisation as I know the core facts are true.
My only small criticism is the book pretty much ends when she gains her freedom, which is a shame because I really wanted to know more about her life past the convent. I wanted to know about her family, her legal plight and her recovery. I think it's a credit to her that it wasn't the story of the convent that made this book compelling, it was her ability to make me deeply care for this person I'd never met called Frances Reily.
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Could not put this Read down it was a truly horrid account of systematic abuse administered against innocent children by people of the cloth who we're protected by the church. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Mark Power
A book of real courage and determination. The author is a true heroin and I wish her all the best for her futurePublished 18 days ago by Rose
I read a lot of business books about the success people have achieved, but what Frances Reilly achieved by coming through this cruel and unimaginable childhood puts business... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Finbar Saunders
A riveting read... I literally couldn't put this book down. I was in tears at the unbelievable cruelty she and the other children endured and hope she finds peace and contentment... Read morePublished 4 months ago by elsa brown
Wow what a story I cried and,laughed and will never forget this book. Frances Reilly you are a remarkable lady.Published 4 months ago by lorraine