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The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits Kindle Edition
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This is a book of fictions that are also true, over the years Emma Donoghue has come across snippets of history that are so bizarre, yet true that she felt the urge to write a story around the facts and this is the collection of those stories.
Like most short story collections, some are much better than others. The title story of Mary Toft who claimed to give birth to live rabbits is excellent, as is the story of the miniature girl; taken from her parents and paraded as a freak show exhibit.
Emma Donoghue has a real skill of almost bringing people to life on the page and transports the reader bang into the middle of whatever story she is telling.
A varied but clever collection of stories that showcases the bizarre and the fascinating bits of history that most of us will never have come across before.
I found myself motivated to look up some of these women on the internet- Frances Cobbe who devoted her life to the anti-vivisection movement; Elspeth Buchan who led a religious cult in the 1790s; Dido Bell, a black girl brought up as daughter of the house by her titled white uncle during the era of the slave trade. Each story is followed by background notes on the characters mentioned.
Well written and totally original.
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A thoroughly enjoyable series of short stories based on historical events. Generally, I found the stories to be well written and interesting, of course a few didn't catch my... Read morePublished 7 months ago by KeepItFluffy
After reading the Room, I found I wanted to read more by Emma Donoghue so searched and found this book. This is a compilation of short true stories to make you wince and gasp. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2012 by Lozzyj
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