The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Elpe

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Have we discussed this before? I found it was one of those can't put down books. How on earth could that guy, David, the doctor, live all those years with such a secret - about what happened at birth to his daughter??!! Don't want to make this a spoiler but I'd love to know what others think.

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I enjoyed this too as it challenged the reader's conscience and attitudes from various perspectives. Secrets, lies, disabilities... what would you think, or do? How would you react on finding the out the truth?

Was the doctor's secret so very different from those of many women from earlier generations who faced difficult choices on having a child out of wedlock? Was the outcome really that unique? I'm not sure it was. Secrets around true parentage are as old as time.

Was he right though? For me, no.

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SonyaK

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I read this book a while ago now and really enjoyed it. So did my OH and a friend I lent it too.
Well written and as ES says, a lot to think about. I've got it on my 'must read again' list!!

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Liz from Cumbria

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Hadn't heard of this one, going to check it out, it sounds good.

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sam from worthing

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following this thread - i went and kindled this book.

I am currently 34% of my way through it - and am really enjoying it.

its extremly well written, very thought provoking - so far anyway.

esp as some aspects are similar to something that happened in my family - all be it, several decades before this book is set.

great read - get it if you can.

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sam from worthing

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wow what a great book.

i did feel it came predictable towards the end.

but a really good and riveting story. not sure who i felt themore sorry for, they all had my empathies in one way or other.

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Elpe

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Just spotted that the movie will be on Ch 5 on Wednesday afternoon at 3:15 with Emily Watson playing Caroline, the nurse. The film review isn't brilliant so I'd advise reading the book first - nearly always the best strategy.

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Liz from Cumbria

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I found myself having trouble getting into this to start with but I kept going and ended up enjoying it. I wanted to slap a few heads along the way and it certainly was thought provoking. It did reflect the widespread feeling in the early 60s that "Downs Syndrome children (or Mongols as they were commonly known then) should be put into an institution and forgotten about because after all, they weren't going to amount to much." Fortunately that feeling no longer prevails - or at least I don't think it does.

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SonyaK

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Liz
Glad you liked it in the end. I thought it was good - well i recommended it! so good to hear of others enjoying it too.

 
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