Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Nory Ryan's Song

by Patricia Reilly Giff

This is one depressing book. It's the tale of a girl, Nory Ryan, who suffers through An Gorta Mór--the Great Hunger--of 1845-1852. The Ryans, like their neighbors, are poor and in debt to their English landlord, Lord Cunningham. Life is hard as they struggle to make ends meet. When disease decimates everyone's potato crops, it becomes unbearable. The story is rife with sorrow and disappointment, as if the author is kicking the characters when they're down. But then, a famine is hardly a time of joy and contentment. Depressing as this book is, I would still have to tell you to check it out, if for no other reason than it will truly give you a feeling of what life was like for the folks back then.
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