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Book Title: The Hunger: The Diary of Phyllis McCormack, Ireland, 1845-1847|
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The author of the book: Carol Drinkwater
Date of issue: April 20th 2001
ISBN 13: 9780439997409
Format files: PDF
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This is such a heartwarming story of Phyllis and her family's struggle against hunger. It was a very enlightening experience for me, because I wasn't aware of the potato disease that hit Ireland back in 1845, so to read a firsthand account of the suffering this caused many families was distressing and heart-wrenching.
Phyllis is such a strong girl, and her journey was one of strength and resilience. Her loyalty and her love for her family is unequivocal. She will go above and beyond to make sure they survive. As she watches other families starve and leave their homes and die, she goes out and looks for work as a maid servant to help her parents put food on the table. However, as her rebellious, revolutionary brother leaves them to fight for Ireland's rights and freedom, her family is questioned and watched for any signs of betrayal.
Phyllis has the biggest heart out there, her love for her dog, and her refusal to let the dog starve brought tears to my eyes. She brings out the best in people because of her big heart, and this includes a young gentleman, who Phyllis has been secretly infatuated with. Their seemingly impossible love story was such a sweet contrast to the suffering taking place around her. And yet when her mother's health deteriorates, she makes the decision to go looking for her brother, whom her mother keeps asking about and is separated from her family, her love, and her work.
(view spoiler)[However, she returns defeated after a long search, and finds that her family was forced to leave, but more than that...her mother has passed away. Thus begins a different journey, one in which she goes looking for her family. Heartbreak after heartbreak, and yet Phyllis never gives up. (hide spoiler)]
Beautifully tragic story.
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