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Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes: A Memoir of Dublin in the 1950s

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Awesome story.

    I picked up this book while on vacation in Ireland...its really not a poor pitiful me story...its the story of a tough kid surviving life as she knows it..an intriguing look at life in Ireland.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    There really are no words to describe how incredible this book i

    There really are no words to describe how incredible this book is.  I stumbled across it randomly, trying to find something to read to pass the time over my Christmas vacation.  I was drawn in by the photo of the young girl on the cover.  Her clothes ratty and her face dirty, but whose eyes show a twinkle of mischeiff, defiance, and strength.  It isn't easy to read.  Martha's living conditions were deplorable.  The beating of a young girl by a drunken lunatic is hard to swallow.  It's hard to imagine, but unfortunately beatings are not the worst abuse this poor girl had to endure.  The whole time I was reading it, it was hard to imagine this happening in the 1950s and 1960s.  Seemed more like the story of a poor girl at the turn of the century. I hope this book does well here in the United States.  It is an eye-opening, extremely detailed and in-depth look at the life if a girl born into an extremely unfortunate life, but comes out on the other side with her zest for life and sense of humor intact.  I don't know how!  The fact she survived to adulthood at all is in itself a miracle!  Do yourself a favor and read this book.  This little girl's story should be heard by millions.

    This book personally woke me up.  I had no idea people, little children, were still living like Martha had to so recently in our past.  The sad fact is, people still live like this today all over the world.  It's hard to imagine...especially for a girl living in the US who has never had to endure hardships like going days without food or bathing, being bitten by fleas in your sleep.  It's hard to take in and it's heartbreaking, but ends up being uplifting once you find out she is alive and thriving.  If nothing else, this book should make you think twice the next time you are confronted with an opportunity to help someone less fortunate than yourself.  It should make you reconsider it next time you think about looking down on someone who doesn't share your privileged status.  I hope publishers don't waste time releasing the rest of Martha Long's books in the United States, because once you read this one, you won't want to wait very long to read the rest of the series!  I highly recommend this book, and once I read the rest of her books, I'm confident I'll recommend them too!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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