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Wonderful storytelling. Intriguing place in history. I don't finish books that don't pull me in. Or rather when the storytelling falters, i skip to the end. I absolutely drooled over every word on every page of this novel. Horsely is an ambitious researcher with an active imagination that i want to peek in on regularly.
The majority of this book is raw unrelenting pain and suffering. Grey is the eighth daughter of a goat herder and a peasant, before being born her father tells her mother that if she has another girl he will kill the baby. Mary, her mother, and the midwife come up with a plot to pretend that she’s a boy and so the story begins. The book follows her journey as a boy, a whore and finally a mother. I reacted differently to each section. The parts of her being a young boy were interesting to read an...
This was the second time reading The Changeling of Finnistuath. The first time I read it was 9 years ago when it was first published. I remembered liking it, so thought I would re-read. I suppose that a more seasoned reading palate and some years of life experience have effected my response to this book.The story starts out well enough with a very interesting scenario, and set in a great time period. Sadly, I became less enchanted by the book this second time around. The narrative is very involv...
Not to be confused with the novel connected to angelina jolies newest movie. The changling follows a girl who is brought up as a boy. Fearing loosing her child to the anger of her husband, she raises her daughter as a boy, fooling both child and father, by convincing them both she has very deformed genitals. Through shame the girl grows up the pride of her father, and the secret of her mother, only to be pushed finally in the direction of the church. Unfortunatly nature has it's own way of revea...
This book dragged on and on. Suffering. Misery. Plague. But I just never cared about the character enough to make it worth my while. What a disappointment.
Gender bending, good story. They kind where you underline passages because they are so well written.
Ehh... this novel was kind of a struggle to motivate myself to get through. It was a rollercoaster between being very engrossed for several chapters, then losing interest. The story itself, Grey’s adventures from child through young adult and older, is very intriguing. Grey’s journey is what kept me going. The parts of the novel that I would have to push myself through were the lengthy existential internal religious debates of a few characters. It does fit in with the time period where religion
I was intrigued by the premise, but honestly I couldn't get past the sexual scenes between Grey and the visiting priest. Grey is probably 12 or 13 at that point in the book, and reading shit like "a moan dribbled past his lips" and how he begged an adult to have sex with him was.....how to put this....fucking nasty regardless of the historical context. Stopped reading immediately. I didn't care about any of the characters even that far into the book, so it wasn't like I was missing out on anythi...
Eh, I wasn't too fond of this book. I got about 1/3 of the way through and finally gave myself permission to stop reading it. It moves very slow in story line and character development. I also didn't find myself drawn to the main character as much as I feel I should have been.
Uneven but worth the read. So how do we define ourselves? Is it what people tell us is true, what we learn is true, what we want to be true?
I wasnt sure if I would like this book at first. In the beginning, Grey is a boy. As a boy, he was protected from the world in ways that a girl would not have been. However, Grey turns out to be a girl and realizes the ways of the world are unjust for many, not just girls. This book takes you through Grey's life from boy, to woman, to a woman with a boy. When she finally identifies herself as a mother, she finds a contentment that she has been unable to obtain most of her life. When she is no lo...
If you want a book to tear you wide open, this is certainly the one to do it. Horsley uses language that paints a vivid, dark, gorgeously hurtful picture of life in the fourteenth century. The character of Grey is one that will linger with me - her strength through unimaginable circumstance...it was just breathtaking.This book did not make me feel good. It did not affirm a belief in the general goodness of humanity. There was little hope, redemption, or graces but there was a strength - the stre...
Another accidental find, this time in my local library. This is a very sad book. Just as I thought Grey's life had change for the better, disaster strikes. Still, it's written very well, almost poetic. Gregory, who becomes known as Grey, is raised as a boy. Despite the onset of puberty she never realizes she is female, until one particular incident in her young life. This leads her on quite a journey, of which I will divulge nothing. No spoilers here! The main characters all seem to be dealin
Wow, this book shows how messed up life was during "The Dark Ages." Grey is born a girl, but raised as a boy so her father will not kill her. He already has enough daughters to feed. She never doubts she is a boy until puberty, when she begins to think the changes in her body are a curse brought on by disobeying the priest to whom she is a servant "boy." The corruption of the church and that part of her life where she wanted to become a monk was confusing and that part of the story I did not lik...
While I liked the concept and the plot of this novel, I think it would have greatly benefited by having the narrative be more closely tied with the protagonist. Grey, the protagonist, is such an interesting character, first being raised to believe she was a boy, then finding forbidden love, eventually becoming mother, wife, and warrior. I would have loved to have been more inside Grey's (what must have been) tumultuous mind. However, Horsley tends to write very distantly from her characters and
I found this book while looking for the book that the latest movie The Changeling was based on. Turns out the movie was based on a true story and not a novel, but the search lead me on this interesting side road. This novel is set in 14th century Ireland, and tells the story of Grey, a girl who was brought up as a boy until her teens. Sounds bizarre, but Horsely makes it believable. She continues to search for an identity, and the setting provides an opportunity for some interesting history.
Another good Horsley book that submerged me into a different and unique sense of time, place, and self, which is what I want from a book. The only reason I'm giving this 4 and not 5 stars (though I'd probably give it 4.5 if I could instead) is that sometimes the writing feels a bit self conscious and contrived (as with other books of hers I've read). Mostly it's an immersive read, but every now and then I felt jolted out of the narrative when the writing seemed over done. Otherwise a unique stor...
Fabulous book about 1400 Century Ireland where a peasant girl is raised as a boy, and who, until adolescence, never doubts herself to be a male. The book follows this unique individual through her childhood as a boy; through her adolescents as... confused; through her young adult life as a young maiden being abused in the church; through her adult life as a mother; and finally as an elder who can take the lessons learned throughout all aspects of her life.
just adding it now because there is a movie coming out of the same name, but not based on this book. I really liked this book, though it was not what I'd consider a "serious" piece of literature. It skirts around interesting dilemmas relating to gender, power and history, all within a story set sometime in an imagined, more tribal past, so it has that historical fiction feel without the ties to actual history. An entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking read.
This book evidences that Horsley can write a story with beautiful language and still have it be a story with a plot and characters instead of just flowery prose. After reading Confessions of a Pagan Nun, I was certain I'd either find Changeling to be a wonderfully written book, or another "book" with little plot, little characters, and overflowing with poetic language. I'm happy to say that this showcases Horsley's talents for prose perfectly while telling an intriguing and captivating story.
While I've loved all of Kate Horsley's other books and had counted her as a favorite author, this one was not impressive. The writing was fine, but I didn't care at all for the subject matter of a boy who doesn't know she's a girl being whored out to sexually promiscuous and sexually violent monks. Yuck. I might not read another Horsely after this one.
So far it seems really good. I got through 43 pages during my lunch half hour, and that was with distractions. I'm looking forward to sitting down and immersing myself completely. :)Ok.. I loved the book... until the last 20 pages. Then. It changed. It went Awry. In the worst possible way. I may have to write myself a new ending.
If you love novels of the medieval age, be sure to give this book a try. It is rich in language and in description of the Dark Ages. The characters are compelling, each offering "layers" of personality and dimension. Wonderfully entertaining and thought-provoking. (This book was available in my local library as a hardback.)
This was a very thought-provoking read, that much is for sure. I won't go into the whole summary which you can read at the top, but I will say this: I am very disturbed by just how harsh life was for my ancestors. The Changeling brings to life the misery and suffering of daily life in Ireland set amongst the 1400's.
This is a book that starts strong and then becomes a morass of symbolism, navel gazing, and jump cuts in plot and character developments. Time is spottily devoted to developing different aspects of the plot and the resulting narrative has the audience grasping at straws trying to decipher what is important an what should be tossed aside as tonal dreck.
ok so i liied i didn;t read this book completely...i just can't, i really enjoyed pagan nun and i liked this book but after renewing it twice i think i have to give up and admit it just isn't the time to read it....i hope some of you have better luck and I hope to one day come back to this book
Just as luscious in prose as "Confessions of a Pagan Nun." I was a little disappointed in the last section of the book. It felt a bit rushed. Otherwise, I loved it.
I don't think this book is particularly amazing, but it really affected me somehow. I just found the premise so interesting. The ending was a little bit of a let down for me, however. But, still worth the time.
This book is about transitions in life. It takes place around the black plague in Europe. I tells of one woman's strenghth the survive the time, and the changes that occur based on the choices she makes. It's a very intriguing book and recommend it mostly to women.
I like this books on a lot of different levels and it had a lot of great ideas. However, I don't think finding out you are a girl would be quite as mentally uncomplicated as told. Yet, for the story's sake that part is fine.