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Tekijä: Paul Michael Peters
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Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.I enjoyed this story but found it rather disjointed! I found it hard to believe the occurrences that took place in the first 2 years of the story, the historical look into child labor in factories rang true but not the the interaction between the 10 year old and an employer only 10 years her senior. The lapses in time between the chapters left me wondering, much more character development would have made this a better story for me. Too many unanswered questions about circumstances. The whole story was a tragedy from start to finish, but it kept me enthralled just the same. ( )
As soon as as the baby boy is born the couple sends her away with $500. She travels to Detroit where the mill was but finds it burned down. She decides to travel back home to her family's farm outside of Pontiac. The Civil War has killed two of her brothers and maimed another. She is welcomed home. She explains to her family about the fire and why she is home.
Life at home is pleasant as she helps her Mother with household chores and side work as a bookkeeper for several local businesses. Then into her life walks a younger man, Lincoln. He is charming and the 11 year age difference does not matter to him. He asks for her father's permission to marry her.
They marry and then true tragedy strikes Linnea. You must read the book to learn what turns the town and her family against her
Truth was I enjoyed the book a great deal, finishing it in only a few hours with one break for sleep.
The story told was painful in so many ways but you know that many people lived lives similar to the one lived by Linnea. Perhaps the ultimate trial she faced would have been rare, but certainly the years of work and longing would have afflicted the majority of the population during and after the Civil War.
The questioning of her life and what matters to her, what she loved and lost and ultimately how it all ended kept me reading. I wasn't pleased with the ending, it didn't feel it fit with the character up to that point but perhaps I need to read it again.
I do wish there had been more of her life between the birth of William and his coming of age. Something changed in her and yet it did not and I would have liked to have watched the progression.
This is not a happy story, but it is one worth reading.
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Broken Objects captures the spirit of America in the era between the start of the Civil War and the turn of the new century following the life of Linnea Karlsson, the first naturally-born American in an immigrant family from Sweden, now farming north of Detroit, Michigan.At the age of ten, Papa sends Linnea to work in the city. Farm life is rough, but Linnea quickly learns she must be tougher growing up in the textile mill making uniforms for the Union Army. Each person she meets introduces her to an America in adolescence, transforming her life. What will she learn that shapes her into becoming a woman? What does it take to persevere through life's hardships from the Civil War through Reconstruction for the average American to create a new century of greatness?
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