Online kindle The Children author Charlotte Wood – doctorio.us
When she heard a loud thump Geoff has fallen He s in a very bad way with severe head injuries and they don t know if he will survive Margaret calls her adult children Mandy Stephen and Cathy to tell them of the terrible news and the siblings all return homeMandy is a foreign correspondent and has been living in war
ZONES PARTS OF THE WORLD FOR MANY YEARS WHILE parts of the world for many years while husband Chris is at home Mandy is mentally affected by the horrendous images that she saw while on location and is having constant flashbacks When she arrives home she finds it difficult to adjust to normal life and distance herself from her family including Chris which puts a tremendous strain on their marriage Stephen hasn t seen his family for many years and no one really knows why One day he just up and left without a word not having contact
WITH THE FAMILY EXCEPT FOR CATHY AS SHE S the family except for Cathy as she s only one that kept in regular contact with them all Stephen takes a lot longer to decide to come home but when eventually he does everyone tip toes around him too afraid to say the wrong thing for fear that he will
Disappear Again In Hospital Tony again In hospital Tony the wards man is watching them He knows Mandy from many years ago and she left a lasting impression on him Since then he has been keeping track of her every move waiting for her to come homeGrowing up they didn t come across as being a loving and affectionate family but felt they were selfish and cold And as they rew to adulthood they drifted even further apart not able to communicate to one another Yet I think there were signs there that they wanted too but I felt didn t know howI know we all react differently to crises but Margaret behaviour and thoughts after the accidents I couldn t rela. Ular contact with her parents trying also to keep tabs on her brother Stephen who for reasons nobody understands has held himself apart from the family for years In the intensive care unit the children sit trapped between their bewildered mother and one another; between old wounds and forgiveness struggling to connect with their emotions their past and each other But as they wait and watch over their father there's someone else wa. .
This beautifully paced story had me from the
first chapter the tension builds adeptly til the final climax Highly recommend Last night at my women s chapter the tension builds adeptly til the final climax Highly recommend Last night at my women s we talked about the impact of being in a tribe in my case a large and close family We talked about the sense of security it Under Crescent and Cross gives you There is a layer of confidence that you have inoing out to meet the world beacuse your tribe is strong you are loved there are people that will care for you and opportunities for intimacy It provides a kind of resilient backbone The Children is about siblings in a family It might not be very interesting if it was about a tribe as secure as mine is This tribe is a little dysfunctional brought together after an accident and forced to spend unaccustomed time togther As well as the depiction of these relationships the novel presents a very fine and accurate picture of life in a NSW country town It thrusts life in this small town up against the experiences of one of the main characters Mandy who has become a foreign correspondent and lived through some extremely traumatic events Small towns can produce their own forms of trauma hoever and these play out subtly in the novel There is one faintly jarring plot line that runs through the novel unnecessarily but the rest of it was just fine and a pleasure to read Such a well written book of real people VERY raphic memories of being a war correspondent by the
eldest daughter the falling into their younger sibling roles and old memories long buried all come to a life changing scene daughter the falling into their younger sibling roles and old memories long buried all come to a life changing scene author It was even better this second reading In a small county town Geoff is outside doing repairs to the roof Margaret his wife was in the in the kitchen preparing dinner. When their father is critically injured foreign correspondent Mandy and her siblings return home bringing with them the remnants and patterns of childhood Mandy has lived away from the country for many years Her head is filled with images of terror and war and her homecoming to the uiet country town not to mention her family and marriage only heightens her disconnection from ordinary life Cathy her younger sister has stayed in reg. Te too Yes I m sure she worried about Geoff but she went
about her every day life very casually Going to the hospital seemed like her every day life very casually Going to the hospital seemed like chore and concerned herself with the most trivial things worrying about what colour paint to choose I thought this was a rather peculiar
behaviour especially when your spouse is lying on death bedAnd then there is Mandy who is tortured by especially when your spouse is lying on death bedAnd then there is Mandy who is tortured by visions and is breaking down before their very eyes yet I don t believe the family took Her Seriously And When seriously And when did speak up they thought her over reacting and were cruel No one sat down to talk to her about what happened and it was evident she s silently screaming for help You could see Mandy struggling to stay in control but it slowly builds and builds and then when she finally comes undone it s explosive At first I didn t know what to think of Tony All I knew were his stalker tendencies made him sound creepy and I didn t feel comfortable hearing of his thoughts on Mandy And I was curious and a little on edge as to where it was leading Woods blended his story in well with Mandy s story and the unexpected turn of events was pretty shocking The writing was superb and I loved the soft and entle tone Visually beautiful in places and horrifying in others I went though a whole range of emotions from anger to pity to sorrow for the family They re not the perfect or ideal but I did see some hope for them towards the end It s a story of family life and the bond between siblings But importantly it s how these significant events in the past make us who we are today The characters came across as unlikeable at times so it s not Vamped (Vamped, going to be for everyone s taste but if you don t mind these type of books then I d sayive it a Egomaniac go. Tching too a young wardsman Tony who's been waiting for Mandy to come home As he insinuates himself into the family the pressure and the threat intensify and build to a climax of devastating force This acutely observed novel exposes the tenaciousrip of childhood the way siblings seem to row apart but never do and explores the price paid for bearing witness to the suffering of others whether far away or uncomfortably close to ho.