#BookReview : The Wonder by Emma Donoghue @picadorbooks

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the wonder by emma donoghue book review


In the latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life.

Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.

Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels--a tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue book review

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Review:


Another Enthralling read by Emma Donoghue. This was the second book I've read by her. I loved Room but The Wonder was simply, outstanding. I have to make a mental note to read more of her books.

Before I started this book I attended a talk by Emma in Dublin. It was amazing to hear her thoughts about this book and how it came into being. I've always been intrigued by the stories of the fasting girls so I looked forward to seeing them come alive in Emma's book.

Lib is landed (abandoned) in the middle of rural Ireland. Her task? To weed out the lies of this silly little Irish girl claiming to be living on thin air. It's clear from the start that she utterly hates Ireland and all the people who dwell there.

"What a rabble, the Irish. Shiftless, thriftless, hopeless, hapless, always brooding over past wrongs."

At first I was put off, and almost offended by this fictional characters disdain for my country. A testament to the authenticity of the the writing in The Wonder. Lib is hard, toughened by the years of training under Florence Nightingale. Her love of science and reason made me quickly warm to her as a character.

What's great about The Wonder is that it will incite different reactions from different readers. Staunch atheists will at first likely side with Lib, seemingly,immediately seeing through this family and their lies.

"Anna was a trickster, a great liar in a country famous for them."

Those of a more spiritual nature will at first, probably side with poor little Anna. They may really want to believe this girl is living on mana from heaven. That she is a little miracle, a wonder even.

I say at first because as the plot develops I can see all readers being on the same page. As Anna's body withers so does Lib's hardened facade. It was so hard to keep her 'trickery' at the front of my brain. Like Lib all I saw was a child that was starving, and a priest that was allowing and encouraging her to do so.

"None are so blind as those who will not see."

I found that my feelings were tune with Lib's all the way through. I wanted Anna to be discovered as a fraud. So that in turn her parents could be held accountable for their actions. I got so mad every time Anna's mother or father fobbed her situation off as God's will.

"The woman had a talent for taking pleasure from terrible things."

I enjoyed every second of The Wonder. Emma Donoghue retains an air of mystery right the way through the story. Ir kept me guessing right till the end.

If you want a book that makes you feel everything: angry, resentful, sad, happy then make sure you pick of a copy of this book.

Rating:

★★★★★

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