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  • Posted April 20, 2015

    The Violets are Mine, a memoir by Lester Morris, is the story of

    The Violets are Mine, a memoir by Lester Morris, is the story of a young boy growing up in England's orphanages during World War II.  Morris's retelling of the harrowing experiences he endured as a child is told with true grace and charm.

    A heartfelt thank you to Les Morris for sharing his early childhood memories. His rich descriptions force the reader to pause and marvel at his genuine will to survive some horrific events no child should ever be expected endure. The message of endurance and hope resonate throughout his stories and remind us that good people exist in society and that a kindness extended is returned a thousand times more. 

    The Violets are Mine comes highly recommended.

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

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    Review: "The Violets are Mine: Tale of an Unwanted Orph


    "The Violets are Mine: Tale of an Unwanted Orphan" by Lester Morris was really some read for me. I thought about putting it down several times but since I have never done that I pressed forward. I will say this wasn't a pleasant read but a interesting one of what Lester Morris endured in these horrible orphanages and foster home in England during World War II (1940's). I can only say how Lester came through this was only that there was a God out there for him! I can't imagine being bounced from orphanage to foster home and back to an orphanage again and again and come out sane from all that Lester had to endure. From all of these corporal punishments he had to endure......only proving that there was a God out there protecting him. This is some abuse(beatings) I could not even imagine!

    These characters..his foster mom(Mrs. Green)referred to as 'Teeth' was a horrible person ...then there was his 'dad' that was truly 'cold hearted' and horrible landlords. However, Lester Morris did meet some good people such as Santa Claus during one Christmas, one Christmas story that turned out a great one for Lester, having his brother Doug around for a period of time....later to learn he had two other brothers and even two sisters, then there was Mrs. Woodley was definitely his 'Fairy Godmother to Lester, his time in the Junior Leaders, and there were some others. Now, this will be the time that I will say you must pick up this read "The Violets Are Mine" to get this who picture of Lester Morris story. It will truly be one you will not forget.

    What was very appealing about this novel was that Lester Morris wrote this in a conversational voice making it feel like you were being talked to instead of talked at. This novel was a autobiography presented as a memoir and Lester Morris didn't even consider himself a victim. WoW! I found that very surprising...and good ... showing much feeling and emotions that really presented some wonderful dialogue to the reader.

    In this read you will find out what the 'green penny-farthing bike,' was and how to get rid of warts. Again I will say this is a novel you must read... I am not sure I can say I liked it but Mr. Lester Morris did a wonderful job presenting his life which went through 'indignities, abuse, sexual touchings' and I am sure I have left plenty others out. I was left at saying one word....'WoW' and that will be The End of that. Oh, one more thing...I thought it was amazing out this author Lester Morris "never gave up on life, and is still going strong" with his life. I did love what happened for Lester Morris in toward the end...being able to slide down that banister... you must read to find out just what that was about.

    Even though "The Violet are Mine: A Tale of an Unwanted Orphan" was a hard read for was definitely a eye opener of what happened to these children in foster care and orphanages during WW II .. only hoping that this has stopped is all I can say. This was a well written autobiography and I would recommend as a excellent read.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Author Lester Morris has written a heart-breaking memoir that wi

    Author Lester Morris has written a heart-breaking memoir that will touch the soul of anyone who picks up his book, “The Violets Are Mine.” While imperfect in execution, his autobiography digs deep into what it means to be a child who needs love. The trials and tribulations of his childhood, spent in British orphanages and foster homes during the 1930s and 1940s, reads like a Charles Dickens novel, with the caveat that all the stories are, in fact, true.

    Unlike the characters in Dickens, however, these boys know better than to ask for more porridge or any other advantage There are tales of real horror captured in this saga, from regular beatings to a child’s workload most grown men couldn‘t handle. Deprived of the typical childhood joys (candy, toys, playtime, and most of all, affection), the orphans surrounding Morris, as well as the author himself, learn to make the best of it.

    For the author, one of his special joys is riding a green penny-farthing bike, which lands him in trouble (repeatedly), but one day in adulthood, comes back to him in a flood of memories while standing before the window of an antique shop in Bath. Other special moments of childhood are recalled, but far too much of his tale is filled with strife and woe. One wonders that he managed to survive all of this with his humor intact.

    Perhaps most unsettling is how his abuse lingers into adulthood, with his father calling him away from a happy military life to reunite, largely so that he can profit from his son’s earnings. There are also tales of horrible landlords, and one Christmas story that will renew your faith in humankind.

    All told, this memoir is filled with unbelievably rich detail and the raw emotions of “an unwanted orphan” (in Morris’s own words). It’s a life that few of us have had to experience (thank goodness), but one worth recounting and remembering.

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