maanantai 22. tammikuuta 2018

Emma Hornby: A shilling for a wife

Emma Hornbyn historiallinen romaani kertoo teollistuvasta Englannista, perheväkivallasta ja naisen alisteisesta asemasta: A shilling for a wife (Corgi Books, 2017; ISBN 978-0-5521-7323-0).

Romaani on melkoisen rosoinen, vaikka juonen kuljetus onkin paikoin pinnallista ja viihteellistä. Päähenkilöllä on melkoinen kujanjuoksu edessään yrittäessään päästä vastasyntyneen lapsen kanssa pakoon väkivaltaista miestään.

Sally Swann thought life couldn't get much worse. Then a single coin changed hands. A dismal cottage in the heart of Bolton, Lancashire, has been Sally's prison since Joseph Goden 'bought' her from the workhouse as his wife. A drunkard and bully, Joseph rules her with a rod of iron, using fists and threats to keep her in check.

When Sally gives birth, however, she knows she must do anything to save her child from her husband's clutches. She manages to escape, and taking her baby, flees for the belching chimneys of Manchester, in search of her only relative. But with the threat of discovery by Joseph, who will stop at nothing to find her, Sally must fight with every ounce of strength she has to protect herself and her son, and finally be with the man who truly loves her. For a fresh start does not come without a price.

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