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How a chance meeting can change your life
on 24 September 2017
Set in the Sligo area of Ireland and with historic parts in the 1920 - 40s, but actual time present day, Roseanne, writes her life chronicle as a 100 year old long term patient of a mental institution. Concurrently, her doctor presents his analysis of why she was admitted to the institution some 6 decades before. I'll be honest with you, I found the early part of this book quite heavy going, not the least because I was breaking off to read up on the situation in Ireland at the time. For instance, although I had heard of the Black and Tans, I never before realised what their role was in Ireland and certainly had no idea of the cruelty they submitted the Irish people to. But there you are, it happened. There are passages in that Stephen King would be proud of, but I believe the main thrust of the novel is to expose the power that the catholic clergy held over the populace at the time, and particularly the misuse of this power in dictating the fates of women and to a degree, children. Roseanne is a victim of this influence. The novel becomes progressively more compelling and please trust me again, the ending is unpredictable and completely earth shattering. I feel privileged to have read this novel, and I don't say that very often!