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Maude Paperback – Illustrated, October 16, 2014

Price:PKR. 22,714.00 /

Asin: 1501086138
Product weight: 1.16 Pounds
Product dimentsions: 6 x 0.89 x 9 inches
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In 1906, I was barely over fourteen years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She opened her mouth to say something, but then her face flushed, and she turned her head to look out the window. After a second, she squeezed my hand and looked back in my eyes. She said, “You’ve always been a good girl, Maude, and done what I told you. Now, you’re going to be a married woman, and he will be the head of the house. When you go home tonight after your party, no matter what he wants to do to you, you have to let him do it. Do you understand?
I didn’t understand, but I nodded my head anyway. It sounded strange to me, the way so many things did. I would do what she told me. I didn’t have a choice, any more than I had a choice in being born.

M. Cranford
Rating:5.0 out of 5 stars

Date:Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2017

Review:Maude was a great read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading historical biographies. Maude was the author's grandmother who lived in the early 1900's and had very hard life growing up. She experienced loss and heartbreak at an early age. She experienced the loss of her parents and subsequently married at a young age. She again experienced loss and heartache but struggled through it with a baby, and she grew stronger and became more self sufficient. She remarried into a loveless relationship with a man she didn't love and whom she barely knew. And unfortunately, her husband, George felt the same way. The marriage was almost forced on them by the church and the small community where she lived. She and her little girl rode in a horse-drawn wagon to her husband's home on a farm where he lived with his elderly mother who had spoiled George. She was hateful and spiteful toward Maude and made her life miserable until she finally died with a plague that took many in the community. While living on the farm, Maude and George had a number of children. Some of which died at birth or she miscarried, but, she had six that lived. So, Maude led a difficult life, and put up with a husband whom she didn't love and who was quite lazy, because his mother had spoiled him. Most of the time, he did what he pleased, which iincluded drinking and pretending to work, but didn't include helping Maude with anything. Therefore, most of the family responsibility fell on her shoulders. During the Great Depression, the farm failed, so the family was forced to move to Detroit to find work. But, George being a lazy, drunken bum, wouldn't work. So again, Maude was left with the responsibility of everything, but she found ways to not only survive but to prosper. However, as she got older, that became harder for her to do. Two of her adult children died, one in the war and one in an accident, so her life was filled with loss, hard work, frustration and heartache. It was an interesting story, but a little depressing to read, because this poor woman endured so many unhappy, difficult years, but she never gave up and found ways to go on. Her faith gave her the strength she needed to overcome so much. Read more

Cathryn Conroy
Rating:4.0 out of 5 stars

Date:Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2019

Review:I thought this was a novel. It's not. It's a memoir of a woman named Maude—Nola Maude Clayborn Connor Foley—but it's written in the first person in Maude's voice by her granddaughter, Donna Foley Mabry. Confused? I was, too, at first. (Of course, it doesn't help that in the description about the author on Amazon, it describes "Maude," as "her most popular novel." But it's not a novel. It's nonfiction.) All genre confusion aside, this is a fascinating tale of a life lived during a time of extraordinary change. Married in 1906 at 14 after being orphaned at age 8, Maude had her first child when she was only 15. She lived a hard life where intense physical labor was essential to daily survival. While she once had to haul water from the well to her house, she eventually saw the advent of indoor plumbing. Horses and wagons were exchanged for automobiles. The economic uncertainty of the Great Depression turned into the boom years of the 1950s. Candles and lanterns were replaced by electricity. Maude's life was filled with tragedy. Death, disappointment, and regret seemed to haunt her at every step. But she was a resilient woman, who relied on her evangelical Christian faith in the face of so much sorrow. This is not a happy book. The author may very well have captured her grandmother's voice in this first-person narration, but that is mere speculation on my part. What I do know is that the writing is at times stilted, disjointed, rambling, and erratic. Read more

J. Humphreys
Rating:4.0 out of 5 stars

Date:Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2017

Review:It's a pretty good book. Reads very much like how a woman from that era (such as my grandmother) would speak. Because it is a true story, there isn't really a traditional story arc where the character faces a challenge, overcomes it, and gains some sort of enlightenment. It's just tribulation, tribulation, tribulation, followed by a depressing ending. As I told my husband everything that had happened to this woman, he kept saying, "Why are you reading this?" But it really does ring of truth, and that is what redeemed it for me, even though it's not the sort of book that you love and read over and over and over again. Read more

Marion Marchetto, author
Rating:4.0 out of 5 stars

Date:Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2015

Review:The author has created a book from the life story of her grandmother - Maude. It is a tale that will grab you by the collar, sit you down, and won't let go until you've turned the last page. Life at the turn of the century was difficult at best, especially for girls who were expected to learn all the day-to-day ways of making their man (husband) happy - cooking, cleaning, washing, mending, gardening, milking the cow, cleaning the outhouse, and still find time to welcome him into their waiting arms at night. Maude's story begins in the early years of the 1900s. We follow her through the happiness of her first marriage at an early age, through her move to a new home far away from family and friends, and on to her love for her grandchildren. The character of Maude is as complex as any other I've met. Her story is compelling. And while I'm sure we all have a family story that is similar in many ways, this one is worth reading. The story is well written and easy to follow. The descriptive passages are detailed but never bog the reader down with too much flowery prose. You'll find yourself entranced with Maude's family. A perfect book to travel with. Read more

Pam & Pugs :0)
Rating:5.0 out of 5 stars

Date:Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2017

Review:I must first confess, this is not my usual genre. I chose the book by the cover. There, I said it, but now for the good part. I loved it! I was immediately smitten with Maude as a 7 year old, and laughed and cried as I followed her life story written by her beloved granddaughter. About half way through the book, I discovered the audible by talented narrator, Shana Gagnon, and it enhanced my enjoyment of Maude's amazing life story. I can only imagine how wonderful it was for the author to have heard her grandmother's story over the years. I highly recommend this book. If it had a SciFi and Fantasy genre reader raving about a life story of a plain and simple woman, you know it is great. I just downloaded another book by this author, and am excited to start it. Read more

Roo
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Date:Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2021

Review:A sad beginning to life, Maude left an orphan at 8 years old worked hard and at 16 years married the man of her dreams, James. Tragedy struck but she had a lovely little girl, Lulu. Life was made hard but gradually life changed again. Her granddaughter tells the compelling story of her grandmothers full life. Couldn't put it down. Read more

Kindle Customer
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Date:Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 15, 2017

Review:Jump right in a live the life of Maude, an orphan at a young age, talked into marriage at 15 she has two good years before her world falls apart. As Maude herself says some people get more good times than others, her good times are thin on the ground. I found this book hard to read and hard to put down. A wonderful story, it needs to be told. Read more

tiggs2
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Date:Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 20, 2018

Review:Absolutely loved this book, and looked forward to going to bed every night and reading what maude and her family were doing! One of the best books I have read in quite a while. , even enjoyed the writing style (I am so fussy about this). Though it starts a little slow it soon picks up the pace. Down load it if you get the chance, you won't be disappointed!! Read more

RobandDebs
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Date:Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2021

Review:Really well written book, a completely compelling read. An amazing life story. It showed the real way people had to live through some of the worst times. Loved it. Read more

karen
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Date:Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 13, 2015

Review:I really enjoyed this book. Would definitely recommend as an excellent read. I read this book cover to cover and couldn't put it down ! Read more