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A Swift Pure Cry Ireland After Shell s mother dies her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger brother and sister Her only release from the harshne

  • Title: A Swift Pure Cry
  • Author: Siobhan Dowd
  • ISBN: 9780385751087
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ireland 1984.After Shell s mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger brother and sister Her only release from the harshness of everyday life comes from her budding spiritual friendship with a naive young priest, and most importantly, her developing relationship with childhood friend, Declan, whIreland 1984.After Shell s mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger brother and sister Her only release from the harshness of everyday life comes from her budding spiritual friendship with a naive young priest, and most importantly, her developing relationship with childhood friend, Declan, who is charming, eloquent, and persuasive But when Declan suddenly leaves Ireland to seek his fortune in America, Shell finds herself pregnant and the center of a scandal that rocks the small community in which she lives, with repercussions across the whole country The lives of those immediately around her will never be the same again.This is a story of love and loss, religious belief and spirituality it will move the hearts of any who read it.

    A Swift Pure Cry A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd Mar , A Swift Pure Cry is built on a few clichs of Irish literature that could easily sink it the poor family, the drunken father, falls from innocence and a trusting faith, an unwanted pregnancy and the bleak moral landscape of strictly religious communities But for all that, Dowd has written a moving piece of young adult fiction. A Swift Pure Cry Dowd A SWIFT PURE CRY uses Irish dialect and lyrical prose to draw the reader into Shell s world Her courage and faith shine clearly through this heartbreaking tale Reviewed by A Swift Pure Cry Book Review Common Sense Media Dec , Irish teen gets accused of killing her baby Read Common Sense Media s A Swift Pure Cry review, age rating, and parents guide. A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd About A Swift Pure Cry Ireland .After Shell s mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger brother and sister. A Swift Pure Cry Summary Study Guide BookRags A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd, is a novel about coming of age in poverty, the weight of societal views on small town life, and the pain and suffering of life after the death of a loved one Based on a true story, the book follows one family s struggles through heartache to find peace and resolution. A Swift Pure Cry definition of A Swift Pure Cry and A Swift Pure Cry is a novel by Siobhan Dowd about a teenager named Shell who lives in County Cork, Ireland It won the Branford Boase Award and the Eils Dillon Award Contents A Swift Pure Cry Siobhan Dowd Read Online Free Books It soared, a bird, it held its flight, a swift pure cry, soar silver orb it leaped serene, speeding, sustained James Joyce, Ulysses The South of Ireland Part I SPRING One The place brought to mind a sinking ship Wood creaked on the floor, across the pews, up in the gallery Around the walls, a fierce March wind chased itself. A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd Paperback A Swift Pure Cry ISBN Winner of the Branford Boase Award A superb first novel, beautifully written, deeply moving and full of heartbreak When Shell Talent s mother dies everything around her begins to fall to pieces. Water Treatment New Zealand Swift Pure Water Treatment Swift Pure is New Zealands leading water treatment product for improving the quailty of your water Talk to us about the range of options

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    1. Siobhan Dowd says:
      Siobhan Dowd was born to Irish parents and brought up in London She spent much of her youth visiting the family cottage in Aglish, County Waterford and later the family home in Wicklow Town.She attended a Catholic grammar school in south London and then gained a degree in Classics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University After a short stint in publishing, she joined the writer s organization PEN, initially as a researcher for its Writers in Prison Committee She went on to be Program Director of PEN American Center s Freedom to Write Committee in New York City Her work here included founding and leading the Rushdie Defense Committee USA and traveling to Indonesia and Guatemala to investigate local human rights conditions for writers During her seven year spell in New York, Siobhan was named one of the top 100 Irish Americans by Irish America Magazine and AerLingus, for her global anti censorship work On her return to the UK, Siobhan co founded English PEN s readers and writers programme, which takes authors into schools in socially deprived areas, as well as prisons, young offender s institutions and community projects During 2004, Siobhan served as Deputy Commissioner for Children s Rights in Oxfordshire, working with local government to ensure that statutory services affecting children s lives conform with UN protocols Siobhan has an MA with Distinction in Gender and Ethnic Studies at Greenwich University, has authored short stories, columns and articles, and edited two anthologies In May 2007, Siobhan was named one of 25 authors of the future by Waterstones Books as part of the latter s 25th anniversary celebrations Siobhan died on 21st August 2007 aged 47 She had been receiving treatment for advanced breast cancer for 3 years, and did not go gentle into that good night.

    Comment 275 on “A Swift Pure Cry

    1. Jo says:
      There are slight spoilers hovering around in this review I m going to try and not spoil it outright but if you don t want to know anything about it here s the short version read it read it read it Together always Free And their lives ahead of them, around them, spilling from them as they screamed Whoooooooooo like three demented owls What joy it was to be, what joy Initial Final Page Thoughts.Breath taken and hairs on the back of my neck standing up wowowow This book was spectacular High Points. [...]

    2. Katya says:
      Cross posted with my tumblr.How can I describe A Swift Pure Cry Certainly not in terms that are often applied to books.Ephemere.Fragile.Elegant.Claustrophobic.Beautiful.This is the story of Shell, short for Michelle, a 16 year old girl who, in 1984, deals with the aftermath of her mother s death and the consequences of her father s drinking religious awakening She finds comfort in the friendship of a young pastor, Father Rose, not realizing that their interactions spike a scandal which rocks the [...]

    3. Marilyn says:
      Dowd writes beautifully with a very Irish feel to her words This story touched me deeply especially because Shell seemed like such a real person.

    4. Eh?Eh! says:
      I grabbed this one up because the author of A Monster Calls, a book that a number of people held in awe, said he had worked the idea from Siobhan Dowd, who had died before being able to do so herself.While it s lovely and flits with very large heavinesses, I think I don t connect with an essentially Irish story There are themes that are worldwide the parent hunger, faith and its lack, poverty, cattiness, teen pregnancy but how it s dealt with in that kind of community with those reactions, I jus [...]

    5. Nenette says:
      The one thing that stands out for me throughout this book is how a child is lost without its mother, compounded by a father who is absent most of the time A lot of the things that happened would not have happened if there was a mother in the story a depressed father, three children who only have one another for looking after, a pregnancy that happened just a little after the young teener learned about bra sizes, the death of an innocent infant.Stories such as this one hits me to the core It is s [...]

    6. Jennifer Wardrip says:
      Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka Readingjunky for TeensReadTooAfter her mother died, fifteen year old Shell is left to take care of her younger brother and sister and her drunken father They live in a small Irish village in a little farmhouse Her mother s death has caused her father to drink even than he did before, and in sudden religious zeal, he goes out daily to make his collections These donations are meant for the church, but he takes out than his fair share before turning in the remains Li [...]

    7. Lesr Kew says:
      Too real, heavy, and sad Just not in the mood to finish Need something lighthearted.

    8. Rania T says:
      This heartbreaking, easily readable novel by the late Siobhan Dowd set in Ireland s County Cork in 1984 is deeply moving and not your usual teen novel Do read it, not only for its heavy subject matter, but for its use of Irish dialect and culture as well.

    9. Sarah says:
      M me si j tais plut t perplexe au d but, je dois admettre que ce livre est tr s beau mais assez particulier Il convient surtout aux jeunes et aux adultes.Le roman aborde diff rent th mes, notamment la mort, mais je n en dirai pas plus car c est int ressant de d couvrir toute l histoire par soi m me.J ai beaucoup appr ci l h ro ne, Shell, une fille de 15 ans mais qui en para t beaucoup moins Sa relation la fois tendre et complice avec son fr re et sa soeur est tr s touchante.En fait, Shell est un [...]

    10. Kwoomac says:
      Siobhan Dowd writes with such poignanacy about lost souls, people who struggle to survive on a daily basis What makes me care so much about her heroes is that they are strong, they don t whine about their lot in life, they just figure out how to live anyway.When I first began this book, I was tempted to quit when the parish priest was introduced Before reading a book, I try to avoid reading anything about the plot, so I can start fresh, no opinion ahead of time So I thought, no, not another bad [...]

    11. Canadian Reader says:
      A very Irish book and a keeper i.e one I d read again I m not so sure that teens are the best audience for this story of a 16 year old girl struggling to hold her family together after her mother s untimely death and in the midst of her father s absence and alcoholism In some ways, Shell reminded me of Hardy s Tess, an instinctual, wounded and innocent girl Like many people one meets, she can be a cipher, a puzzle Her loyalty to childhood friends who betray her is curious and unusual She endures [...]

    12. Beatrice Rivers says:
      I loved reading this book The story is a good one, the main character, Shell, being responsible for her siblings, Jimmy and Trix Her mother had long since died, leaving her father a drunken, religious mess But how would Shell cope I felt sorry for Shell all the way through the book Her best friend isn t the nicest of people, and she had no one else to turn to but Declan But Declan only made things worse for her I won t give out any spoilers, but I cried when I read about Rosie My favourite chara [...]

    13. grass_harp says:
      Ein reiner Schrei ist ein zartes, aber gleichzeitig sehr heftiges Buch, das offenbar mit viel Liebe geschrieben wurde W hrend des Lesens konnte ich nicht anders, als die Worte in mich aufzusaugen Siobhan Dowds Schreibstil ist sehr angenehm und au ergew hnlich Sie schafft mit wenigen Worten beeindruckende Bilder, die in sekundenschnelle im Kopf erscheinen und dann nicht mehr verschwinden wollen F r Gef hle ben tigt sie wenige Worte dennoch denkt man als Leser, man sei die Hauptperson Ich habe She [...]

    14. Watermelon Daisy says:
      A Swift Pure Cry is one of my favourite books of all time.There s no overlooking the beauty, the perfection of this story A book which surprised me in the most heartbreaking way, and caused me to come close to tears I ve noticed Siobhan Dowd always does this with her stories starts off with a plotline which is hard to get into, has a main character I don t particularly care about and somehow pushes me through the pages, even though I lose will to read on.But by the end of the book, I m close to [...]

    15. Ryan says:
      Bog Child remains my favorite, possibly for the hopefulness of tone Cry is about loss of faith for Shell, Father Rose, Daetty much everyone And I don t know that any of them find it again The ghost in this story is Shell s mam, who died the year before, and she wanders throughout as the Bog Child does in that book, providing a glimmer ofhope is the wrong word here Patience may be closer There is a certain amount of patience required for hope, I suppose.The language is still stunning She d reali [...]

    16. Lydia says:
      This was the first book of Dowd s I read and it in a day or two It s heart wrenching It s such a difficult read but my god this woman makes some beautiful prose I really felt for Shell, I just felt the raw pain of her life before me and I cried I cried a lot But it was a great read Dowd s writing is super atmospheric and I can remember so many details from this novel The scones Shell makes of an afternoon when she comes home from school and has nothing to do The oppressiveness of her home enviro [...]

    17. Sarah says:
      Shell Talent is on the cusp of womanhood and trying to cope with her mother s death The novel is set in an Ireland that is often judgemental and religion plays a major role in the small community Shell has taken up the mother role with her two siblings, Trix and Jimmy, and is trying to cope with a wayward, often absent father She comforts herself with dreams where she is accepted and treasured and through these she attains the reassurance she craves.Dowd writes wonderfully of childhood naivety, [...]

    18. Coralie says:
      Shell,a teenager in modern Ireland, is trying to raise her two siblings after her mother dies Her father, not too stable under the best of circumstances, has really fallen apart since the death of Shell s mother Shell is doing the best she can, but she is struggling and confused The best thing happening for her is her on again off again relationship with a good looking boy from her neighborhood It is clear to many people in her village that Shell is having a harder and harder time keeping things [...]

    19. David Thurley says:
      This book, along with 7 others was recommended in a Guardian article as young adult fiction that everyone should read I read it yesterday and was emotionally drained when I finished it It is the story of the Tallent family set in southern Ireland in 1984 Shell s Michelle s mother has died and Shell is left with her younger brother and sister and a father who is shattered by the death but turns to drink and extreme religion Shell keeps it all going while her father deteriorates and deserts the fa [...]

    20. Theodore Damen says:
      That was one of the most depressing books I have ever read Mon dieu, could anything happy happen I guess not So the story starts off with very depressing characters The drunk dad who doesn t work and steals from the charity box.Evil The daughter who can see the ghost of her mother Wow, that one was so original The annoying brother and sister The evil guy, with a horrible name Declan Really And the priest who questions his beliefs What Apart from that, it was okay Since I really liked The London [...]

    21. Ben Thurley says:
      A Swift Pure Cry is built on a few clich s of Irish literature that could easily sink it the poor family, the drunken father, falls from innocence and a trusting faith, an unwanted pregnancy and the bleak moral landscape of strictly religious communities But for all that, Dowd has written a moving piece of young adult fiction Michele Talent Shell , the narrator, who struggles both for and against her family and battles the stigma of poverty in her school and community, is forced too quickly into [...]

    22. Anne says:
      What a fabulous read I raced through it in a day and just couldnt put it down.I thought this was one of the most compelling and beautifully written books that I have read in months, and although aimed at older teenagers, it wasnt in the least patronising or simplified.The heroine of the story Shell, is at times heartbreakingly sad yet such a strong and loyal character too.This is a very tragic story and inspired by true events, yet despite the tragic circumstances the story ends full of hope.The [...]

    23. Heather says:
      I could tell this was a good book, but for some reason I couldn t understand it I could see the big picture and some of the smaller details, but it seemed like some other things were missing Shell was pregnant, yet she never went to a doctor People saw that she was pregnant, but never helped her Two young children delivered her baby She didn t know her baby was dead when Rose was born Why was her father brought in originally as a suspect, not a guardian If anyone has these answers please tell me [...]

    24. Kathryn says:
      Just from the title, I knew that this was going to be a delicately written book, with a well crafted storyline and full of beautiful imagery, and the novel definitely met my expectations The story follows a teenager, struggling to support her unstable father and two young siblings after her mother s death, set against the backdrop of a small Irish community It is also about the fine lines between anger and love, sorrow and joy.

    25. Anne says:
      What a wonderful book I m saddened every time I finish a Siobhan Dowd book though, because I know there aren t going to be any Shell is a wonderful character, naive and innocent but wonderfully savvy and resourceful, and the story as it pans out is really tragic, but with hope for the future Absolutely loved it

    26. Clay says:
      Siobhan Dowd s superb, melancholy first novel about 15YO Shell Michelle who tenderly mothers her younger brother and sister after her dear Mam dies and her father s alcoholism worsens Shell comes of age, becomes pregnant and delivers her baby the hard way, nearly all by herself, with complex, dramatic and transforming results I miss you, Siobhan.

    27. Caitlín (Ink Mage) says:
      I was really looking forward to reading this book, but when I finally got a copy I was VERY disappointed Reviewers give this book high praise, but I felt like I was only watching Shell s story unfold from miles awayd falling asleep while I did I never felt anything for the characters, never cared about them, and was happy when I was finished with it.

    28. Mary says:
      A very touching, moving story beautifully written.Heartbreakingly sad, goes from anger to love, sorrow to joy.A coming of age novel where Shell finds her place in life through her strong character.I couldn t put it down.

    29. Rosemary says:
      This is the first of Siobhan Dowd s books that I ve read and I thought it was wonderful I m glad I have the others on my shelf It deals with teenage pregnancy, religion and gossip in a small community in County Cork and goes very deep and dark at times.

    30. Ann Marie says:
      I loved the story hated the read every time I got deep into it there would be a word spelled strange or a paragraph that went absolutely nowhere and I would be involuntarily pulled from the book and back into my reading chair.I really hated that.but I really enjoyed the story itself

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