When a boy is shot in the legs by gunman against the side of her house, Martha, a baker, thinks back on the years of violence she has witnessed in Belfast....
|Title||:||Give Them Stones|
|Number of Pages||:||160 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Give Them Stones Reviews
People of Northern Ireland suffered daily restrictions and tremendous losses as a result of their troubles with the Republic of Ireland. Give Them Stones features the life of a young women who manages as well as possible to make the most of her humble skills despite the daily challenges and unpredictability of conflict in her home city. Another great story about an Irish woman from a woman's perspective.
Such a good story! Main character, Martha, recounts her life story, starting around 1930, growing up in Belfast in a poor Catholic family. Her mother sends her to stay with aunts in the Northern Ireland countryside during World War II but she returns to factory life in Belfast afterwards, eventually marrying, having 4 sons and developing a little home business as a bread baker. Gradually, the anger between Unionists and Catholics bubbles over and the Troubles begin. Book gives good view of how difficult life in Belfast was during this time, the stress that ordinary people felt as they lived in an urban war zone. But it is also the story of an ordinary woman's struggles with marriage, siblings, children and creating a life for herself.
I thought this was an interesting look into the life of women in the lower-middle class. I really enjoyed how the story was told, it was as if I was sitting at a table with Martha Murtagh, having a cup of tea as she tells me her life story. It was a pretty simple read and easy enough to understand what Beckett was trying to convey to the reader. It was a decent enough book, not amazing but not awful.
This is a very readable story of one woman growing up both psychologically and morally in the face of the Northern Ireland Troubles. It is deceptively simple in structure but carries a wallop far greater than its brevity would lead one to expect.
Loved the book. Images of me own Mum. I could feel the place and time.