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A heart-breaking, touching story of the atrocities women had to endure in a New York insane asylum in the late 1800s. The story is told from the perspective of one woman brought there because she couldn’t speak English, and so was deemed insane due to her babbling. As if the cruel treatment she received there wasn’t bad enough, it comes after her escape from a Russian pogrom again the Jews in 1881.
The author paints a gruesome picture of the treatment of the patients at the asylum, but also gives the reader hope that comes with bearing the cruelty with the support of other inmates, and the angel who came to rescue them. It’s a wonder all the women didn’t become insane merely from the terrible mental and physical treatment they received.
If you add only one book to your reading list, make sure it’s this one. You won’t be disappointed.
The horrifying setting and the depth of character portrayed kept me riveted through the entire story, even though it was difficult to endure at times because of the nature of the hardship and vile conditions the women endured. Through it all, Mahurin’s character, Klara faces barriers of language, starvation, and brutality and her humanity in the face of it all made this difficult story palpable as she recounts the story of how New York Journalist, Nellie Bly, went undercover to expose the brutal and sadistic treatment of women in the institution, many of who were wrongly detained.
To ease the difficulty in telling and very difficult tale, Mahurin cleverly weaves Klara’s account of her loving family in Kiev, lending a sense of love and family to an otherwise hard to endure reality.
Once again, Mahurin had tackled a very sensitive and difficult subject and brought it to light with meticulous detail and heart. This is some of her best work.
This was a horrifying tale which took place in the land of the brave and free.
It was difficult to read this book, which was so well-written by Author Paulette Mathurin. because it detailed the horrific treatment meted out to Klara and the other women in the asylum.
I recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction.
Over the next five years, Klara survives degradation of the most horrid kind, starvation, lack of decent sanitation. The staff are dominated by the worst imaginable men and women who thrive on evil treatment of their charges.
Her dorm houses five other women, one of whom, Catherine, is also not insane and becomes Klara’s friend. A couple of nurses befriend them, even providing a book which aids Catherine in teaching English to Klara.The arrival in 1887 of Nellie Bly, undercover reporter, leads to total renovation of the facility, the commitment proceedings and the release of Catherine and Klara. Bly’s work makes this book possible.
Mahurin’s Angel is a tough read for the horror is unrelenting. It had to be hard to research and write. Painful though it is, redemption is found in the caring among Klara’s dorm mates and Bly’s success. It is a well researched and powerfully written volume.
This book possessed me. It was a haunting read. Also, as I read it, it all seemed so familiar. I checked, and possibly I saw the movie “Ten Days in a Madhouse”. At any rate, I knew the story, but it had been shoved back into my memory until I read this book. And, even though Klara, Catherine, and Roy weren’t real, if I understood it correctly, they held some kind of memories for me, maybe some past life flashback. I hope not.
It reeked Twilight Zonish to me as well, as this was happening to women, two perfectly sane women being confined, their lives taken away from them, one by a politician. I also drew parallels with what is happening today in the news and women being taken seriously. What a gruesome thought of being shoved into insane asylums again.
This atrocity is akin to slavery, and we all should be aware of it.
I am familiar with this author and enjoy reading her books. A Different Kind of Angel has all the elements of what makes a book memorable and intrigues a reader.
As soon as Klara’s life is turned upside we enter into a story full of pain, persecution and sheer hell that she has to go through. Then on the other side we read of hope, love and loyalty. Mauhrin writes well and brings all these emotions into play in the novel. I really did feel for Klara all the way through the book and I could empathise with her in a lot of her emotions. Even when she was ever hopeful, “that maybe the day would bring unexpected good.” We all have this type of wish and Klara, even though her life turned into a nightmare was ever hopeful.
Mahurin is also great at research and she demonstrates this in A Different Kind of Angel – and all her other books too! This historical fiction will intrigue, enthral and capture your heart.
Love and spirit survives in the most vile surroundings man made.
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