Maria's Melody (2020)

Maria s Melody Based on true events A deeply personal memoir of hope and childhood innocence triumphing over the harsh reality of poverty misery and hardship this story of alcoholism and resilience amid village li
  • Title: Maria's Melody
  • Author: Irina M. Strassmann
  • ISBN: 9780956492524
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Paperback
  • Based on true events A deeply personal memoir of hope and childhood innocence triumphing over the harsh reality of poverty, misery and hardship, this story of alcoholism and resilience amid village life in post war Germany will stir the melody in your own heart.Born as the eldest of six children, the author grew up in poverty, suffering the damaging and unsettling effectsBased on true events A deeply personal memoir of hope and childhood innocence triumphing over the harsh reality of poverty, misery and hardship, this story of alcoholism and resilience amid village life in post war Germany will stir the melody in your own heart.Born as the eldest of six children, the author grew up in poverty, suffering the damaging and unsettling effects of a broken home The story takes place in a North German village between the years 1950 and 1967 It describes the hardship of their everyday existence and the gradual deterioration and destruction of the author s family, due to her father s drunkenness and her mother s adultery It shows the resilience of the young to cope in the face of such adversity and to extract some happiness from their immediate, miserable surroundings The children were oblivious to their mother s despair and unhappiness, because they had to fight their own battles, being treated as outcasts by most of the village inhabitants, as the result of their drunkard father and embarrassing poverty Maria s Melody contains a good blend of drama, violence, poignancy, adultery and humour, as well as describing the role of women in the post war era.
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    One Reply to “Maria's Melody”

    1. A note from the publisher Maria s Melody is a haunting memoir of poverty and violence, depicting the lives of five children in post war Germany In a nation that was already bankrupt and emotionally broken, these children were treated as outcasts in their own village, due to the behaviour of their drunken father and adulterous mother Yet this story is ultimately life affirming, as it is beautifully told, with imagery of scorching hot summers spent by and in the river, and freezing winters that al [...]

    2. A hypnotic book, about the authors poverty stricken, sometimes violent, but also strangly magical childhood in post war Germany A period of history that has been swept under the carpet by all but a very few writers This is a story of a young girl and her 4 siblings whose fierce love and pride helps them to rise above and survive the adulterous behaviour of both parents, their drunken father s rages and and their abusive mothers antics Written in English but with a smattering of german words to b [...]

    3. A very well written book with lots of insight into how Germany was post war.But its also about family relationships growing up in a small town.I will read it again again.

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