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  • Mad Hatter

  • Essential Prose, Book 164
  • De : Amanda Hale
  • Lu par : Amanda Hale
  • Durée : 14 h et 35 min
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    When British hat manufacturer Christopher Brooke is arrested under Regulation 18B in June 1940, a slow process of personal disintegration begins, affecting his family irreversibly. 

    Taking us into the pre-war political era of Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, Mad Hatter delves into the lives of Britons, tracking them through a darkening time. 

    Irish farm girl, Mary Byrne, arrives in England in July 1940 to work as housekeeper for Cynthia Brooke and her three children, bonding with the family. When Mary is shockingly expelled from the house upon Christopher's release from internment in 1943, her narration continues through the mouth of 15-month-old Katie, conceived on a prison leave. 

    Mad Hatter follows the Brooke family into the postwar period, charting the slow unraveling of a marriage as the story moves inexorably to a tragic conclusion in which Mary Byrne is once again embraced by the family, but in a most surprising manner.

    ©2019 Amanda Hale (P)2020 Amanda Hale

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    Devastatingly Beautiful , Achingly Profound

    Thank you so much Amanda Hale for this chef d'oeuvre ! The depth of the description of thé inner worlds of your characters are heart breaking - the repressed émotion, the shame. A skillful reading of a devastatingly beautiful story. Courageously told. I too especially love the voice of Mary Burn ... An achingly profound piece and à must listen for francophile knitters and soul-searchers alike 😉

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    • Anne Secher
    • 08/10/2021

    A family history through WWII

    *I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.*

    Christopher is a normal man who makes hats for a living. When WWII starts, he is taken captive and gets back home a Nazi.

    I was never sure if this book was a historical fiction or a memoir, but it shows the problems that could arise within a family when one of them has different and radical views in a time of war.

    Regarding characters, I thought it did not have enough development to understand where most of them were coming from, so except from our MC, I would have appreciated more background information about them.

    Shamefully, this book didn't give me anything new, but it was quite enjoyable. Hence the 3 stars.

    I thought it was well written and the narrator did a fantastic job!

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    • Deedra
    • 22/07/2021

    Mad Hatter

    Wow!What a book!This is the story of a man,thrown in jail for his pascifism prior to WW2 and let go 3 years later as a Hitler/Jesus nut.His family suffers as they are harrassed by reporters and neighbors alike.I could barely put it down. Amanda Hale was a wonderful narrator as well as the author.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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    • Shoppermom
    • 21/05/2021

    A part of history almost forgotten

    I received a copy of this audiobook, which I had requested, as I was intrigued by the subject matter and the subtitle. Having listened to every word, I still understand nothing about the subtitle and am not sure I had missed all that much in my prior ignorance of the subject matter. In a nutshell: it's the story of a British nut job who believed whole-heartedly that Hitler's National Socialism was THE answer to all society's problems in the years leading up to the Second World War and even throughout its duration. He was not alone in that belief, but fortunately, as time went on, his co-crazies either wisened up or learned to shut up. Not so the patriarch of this beleaguered family. This is a tale told primarily by his fictionalized family. Fictionalized, but true none-the-less, with the author admitting that much of the story is based on the real-life, often heart-breaking, experiences of her own family. The book is far too long and cluttered with far too much inconsequential detail, and in the end, there's little to cheer about, except, I guess, survival.

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    • Ellen
    • 10/09/2020

    One family story, a little known episode

    Beautifully written and told Storey open England during the war while this is the author story it is not And autobiography That sheds light A little no one aspect of Britain during the war. So well written and Narrated. Grief, love, politics