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The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits Paperback – 6 Jun 2002
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PRAISE FOR"THE WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO RABBITS""An inspired dance on the narrow and exhilarating cliff-edge of art."--"The Washington Post""Through [Donoghue's] colorful detail we see, hear and smell the poignant episodes in these complex, but ordinary, lives."--"USA Today"
* From the bestselling author of Slammerkin comes a collection of fascinating historical storiesSee all Product description
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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.