Blessed Are The Merciful

Blessed Are The Merciful

by Joyce Shaughnessy

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ISBN-13: 9781456898182
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Blessed Are the Merciful 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
avry15 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve never been proud of my country..lol¿and the people, both Americans and Filipinos who fought for freedom and peace at that time.Ms. Shaughnessy depicts what it looks like at that time, how war really is.. Through her words, I am transported to a world of bloodshed.. I cried at some of the episodes..I felt the fear everytime they heard gunshots.. I also felt how hopeless one can get.. I¿m so into this book, since I always heard what happened at World War II from my history classes, but it¿s never been as descriptive as this¿ Like disconnected parts of the bodies everywhere, and the doctor yelling for the nurses to find the missing parts in case they could connect it again¿how gross ,,yet so true¿It was a wonderful merging of fiction and history, the letters, poetry and military documents added up flavor to the book. This book is thoroughly thought of.. The author spent a lot of her time, for research and the dates are so accurate. So the resulting masterpiece, really counts as a really wonderful one.. This is truly better than my history book.. I get to relate with the characters, see and feel things in their own eyes. I could almost believe that the book is an autobiography of the war veteran.. Full of action, romance, hope and belief in God.It made me see how war didn¿t bring any victory but loss and casualties at both sides.Blessed are the Merciful is a powerful historical romantic novel. ¿Love amidst war¿¿ A heart-touching story of bravery, romance and hope¿. A great read!...
SAMANTHA100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Christmas Eve, 1939, Elton Maxwell steals a piece of jewelry to give as a gift to his mother who is a widow with six children and lives in poverty. A year later he is caught during yet another theft. The judge presiding over his case gives him a choice- jail time or he can enlist in the Army. He chose the Army and after basic training he was stationed in the Philippines. Had he been able to see the future, he would have chosen differently. Susan Williams is the only child of parents who were educated and she herself is a nurse. With her mother¿s approval she too enlists in the Army and was given orders for the Philippines. In 1941 she left for Manila. Joyce Shaughnessy¿s historical novel , Blessed Are The Merciful, is the story of their meeting and of their love for each other. The novel covers the period of time prior to the Japanese attack of the Philippines and of the occupation that was to follow. Considerable detail of the political situation of this period of time and military strategies provides insight as to how unprepared Americans were for a war that they knew was coming. The brutality of the Japanese troops towards both the Americans and Philippine citizens is described graphically. Each of the characters tells of the unspeakable horrors and unimaginable living conditions. Even though they are separated for most of the duration of the war their love continues to grow and each one passionately wishes for the survival of the other one. Theirs is a story courage and survival. While they both express love for their country they question why no resources are sent to help them.This is a powerful historical romantic novel. The fictional characters are expertly developed. This period in time is one of the worst in history and there is much to be learned from reading this book. I highly recommend reading this book.I received this book at no charge from Library Thing.
linsleo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This really is a good historical romance. Ms. Shaughnessy did a wonderful job of creating a romance story during war times that will hold the reader's attention throughout the book. She is very descriptive of the treatment given to our prisoners by the enemy and finds a way to express disappointment in decisions that are made that affect the well being of our military personnel.
HaroldTitus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The strength of Joyce Shaughnessy¿s historical novel, Blessed Are the Merciful, I believe, is the detailed information she provides about the suffering of the men and women incarcerated in Japanese prison camps in the Philippines. It is evident by her bibliography, her frequent reference to atrocities, diseases, and malnutrition, her information about important American and Japanese military leaders, and her inclusion of official military messages that she has thoroughly researched her subject matter. Any reader who wishes to learn about this subject matter would profit by reading this book.I offer these suggestions about the story-telling. Too often the author tells about rather than shows the experiences of her characters. For instance, we are told that early during the Bataan Death March, Elton Maxwell, the male protagonist, is horrified at seeing the Japanese commanding officer, Colonel Masanobu Tsuji, severe the hand and cut off the ring finger of an American soldier to obtain the soldier¿s ring. The incident is summarized in seven sentences. Other horrible atrocities are presented similarly. We are told that Elton is traumatized to the extent that he vows he will kill Tsuji, but I never felt sufficiently his wrath.This is not to say that telling the reader certain information rather than enacting the information should not be done. Every fiction writer knows better. A balance needs to be established that will both inform the reader of necessary information and encourage the reader to identify emotionally with one or more of the characters. For me this didn¿t happen.Also, Mrs. Shaughnessy does not help the reader visual settings. Readers hear characters speak; they must imagine the characters¿ immediate surroundings. Emotion is not conveyed through precise physical reactions (other than tearfulness) but through what is said and thought. Dialogue tends to be lengthy, thereby diluting emotional responses. Rarely does a character speak but one or two sentences before a second character responds. The two main characters, Elton and his wife Sarah, an army nurse, are moral people victimized three years by a cultural, wartime savagery. It asks very much to expect them to carry such a complicated, informative, lengthy story of physical and emotional injury, fortitude, and sacrifice. I would have liked to have seen presented here and there the viewpoints of several secondary characters connected to Elton and/or Sarah. Have the reader get to know them as individuals before witnessing their fates. For instance, how much more dramatic would be the beheading of Americans by Japanese soldiers wielding swords while riding past in speeding jeeps if one of the Americans had been a buddy of Elton¿s that we had gotten to like.These observations aside, I commend Joyce Shaughnessy for her ambitious accomplishment. Military veterans like Elton and Sarah should not be taken for granted.
Bookshelf_Confessions More than 1 year ago
I’ve never been proud of my country..lol…and the people, both Americans and Filipinos who fought for freedom and peace at that time. Ms. Shaughnessy depicts what it looks like at that time, how war really is.. Through her words, I am transported to a world of bloodshed.. I cried at some of the episodes..I felt the fear everytime they heard gunshots.. I also felt how hopeless one can get.. I’m so into this book, since I always heard what happened at World War II from my history classes, but it’s never been as descriptive as this… Like disconnected parts of the bodies everywhere, and the doctor yelling for the nurses to find the missing parts in case they could connect it again…how gross ,,yet so true… It was a wonderful merging of fiction and history, the letters, poetry and military documents added up flavor to the book. This book is thoroughly thought of.. The author spent a lot of her time, for research and the dates are so accurate. So the resulting masterpiece, really counts as a really wonderful one.. This is truly better than my history book.. I get to relate with the characters, see and feel things in their own eyes. I could almost believe that the book is an autobiography of the war veteran.. Full of action, romance, hope and belief in God. It made me see how war didn’t bring any victory but loss and casualties at both sides. Blessed are the Merciful is a powerful historical romantic novel. “Love amidst war”… A heart-touching story of bravery, romance and hope…. A great read!...