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The title use of the word harrowing is spot on
on 29 March 2015
Don't write many reviews so please accept my apology for bad grammar etc.
I, like many others, see the Religious as people who have had a calling to become either a Nun, Monk, Priest etc. I've read various books on the lives of the religious and it does make me slightly annoyed when people presume that they go into this life to get away from the outside "life". They want to dedicate their lives to the works of God, Mary, Jesus etc and the books portray them as quiet, unassuming, loyal to whatever branch of Religious life they wish to take.
I have always had the image for Nuns in the black frock, wimple and having their hair cut when taking their first vows to become a Novice. Walking around with their hands under the front part of the habit and being very gentle in their manners.
So reading this book was bloody hard! I couldn't, for a while, paint the picture of one of my type of "Nun" doing this. I have heard of the laundries but not about the orphanages. I spent a good part of the book trying not to cry at the brutality handed out from when they were sent to one of the orphanages until they left.
A very brave book to write.