Nobody's Child: One Women's Struggle to End the Suffering of Children

Nobody's Child: One Women's Struggle to End the Suffering of Children

by Christina Noble, Robert Coram

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite the subtitle, much of the book deals with Noble's life before Vietnam. Born in Dublin in 1944, she endured a childhood marred by her father's alcoholism, her mother's illnesses and abject poverty. After her mother's death, she ended up in a school for incorrigible girls in Galway. Returning to Dublin at age 16, she was gang-raped and bore a son, whom she turned over for adoption. After immigrating to England, Noble married an abusive Greek man and had three children by him. She spent time in mental institutions and eventually remarried. In 1971, she dreamed of going to Vietnam to work with street children, and in 1989, that dream came true as she journeyed to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) to work with orphans. Overcoming official obstructions through sheer persistence, she founded a children's center and now works with the Vietnamese government on other projects. Along with freelancer Coram, Noble has written a painfully frank and at times riveting autobiography. (Jan.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Noble followed a vision that led her to Vietnam to save abandoned children who were subject to rampant abuse and prostitution. To the sick, vermin-ridden, and destitute chidren of the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, she is known as "Mama Tina," a role she fiercely embraces. Noble knows hunger, pain, and the desperate need for love and protection because she grew up homeless on the streets of Dublin. Her mission today takes her to many parts of the world as a spokesperson for forgotten children. She offers no lofty words here, but, with the help of co-writer Coram, gives wonderful expression to her fearless temperament, lack of bitterness about her own past, and total commitment to the welfare of all children. This is a deeply moving story that should appeal to a wide readership.-Arla Lindgren, St. John's Univ., New York

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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