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The Colour of Milk I came upon The Color of Milk through Cheyenne Blue’s review and it made me want to read it And I am glad I did even though it made me cry bitter tears towards the end Well worth it though If you decide to read it you will learn about mary and see the world as she saw it and it will stay with you long after you read the last pageIt is written in her words and the lack of punctuation will be weird for a few pages but you will get used to it real uick I love the way Nell Leyshon did this it makes mary’s voice genuine my leg is my leg and i ain’t never known another leg it’s the way i always been and the way i always walked mother says it was like that when i come out in to the world i was some scrap of a thing with hair like milk and i was born later than they thought and for that reason i was covered in some hair like i was an animal and my nails was long and she says i took one look around me and i opened my mouth and i yelled and some say i ain’t never shut it since and some say mother was sick that summer and she was still working in the fields and she had this lump which was me and she couldn’t very well bend down cos i was in the way and they say that my leg was twisted round underneath me and it ain’t never been right since when i was a baby they tied it to some piece of wood to straighten it only it rubbed and there was blood and i screamed till they took it off and let my leg go in the way it wanted to and so that is the way i am I leave you with a few reviews snippits from the professionals who sum up it up much better than I ever could “Leyshon is a master of domestic suspense Slender but compelling the charm of Leyshon’s novella is to be found as much in its spare evocative style as in the moving candour of its narrator” “Beautifully crafted Compelling Like a love letter to the power of words” “The ending will surprise you A must read” “Leyshon’s spare dialogue centred storytelling is lean and vivid” “An astounding read Mary is one of the most compelling narrators I’ve ever encountered Milk’s sense of foreboding builds and builds until you’re pretty much catapulted into the finale” “Penetratingly candid prose filled with engagingly rustic poetry The result is brilliant devastating and unforgettable” mf Themes it is a man’s world mary work work work I know she’s fictional but I cried for her nevertheless unusual and compelling read5 stars Mary is a sharp tongued farm girl and she will do anything to learn to read and write But as she does so through four seasons of one extraordinary year she discovers that nothing comes for free Told by a narrator whose urgent unforgettable voice will break your heart The Colour of Milk is an astonishing novel Spare elegant and moving with uite possibly the most compelling narrator I’ve ever encountered The Colour of Milk is a page turner of the highest order Whilst the style and narrative is deceptively but charmingly simple Mary’s voice is startlingly direct urgent and teeters on the ueasily visceral It’s been a while since I’ve been so immersed in a story or so invested in the protagonistI won’t lie I was a little underwhelmed by the denouement The Colour of Milk has been praised for its “shocking” Spectator ending that “packs a punch” Stylist but to me it felt uncannily familiar view spoilerAnyone familiar with Tess of the D’Urbervilles will understand hide spoiler HOLY EFFING TOUR DE FORCE Yes this book is really sad I hate using the word heartbreaking but it's apt here This is one of those books where I want to say yes it's going to devastate you but TOO BAD MAN You know what's devastating? How women were treated 200 years ago Somehow Nell Leyshon captures the utter banality of everyday abuse and intellectual oppression of women living on a farm in England in the 1830's There is no anachronistic rebellion here just acceptance of small lives lived as little than chattel Except there is this one girl illiterate who sees the truth in her surroundings and can't help but call people out when they're not being honest with themselves This is Mary your new favorite character You will want to hang out with her You will want to save her But she is so real so perfectly a product of her time and place that you will just have to accept that the past is the past and be inexpressibly grateful that you live NOW ESPECIALLY if you are female Mary is a sharp tongued fifteen year old farm girl who has a strong desire to learn how to read and write “In this year of lord eighteen hundred and thirty one” you follow the journal of a poor and disabled girl who should have no rights going against the odds to achieve what she always wanted; the ability to read and write The Colour of Milk is written in a personal journal over the four seasons of a year Mary is the youngest of four daughters living in a house of a man who really wanted sons; she copes the worst from him; is anger and frustration finds her being given to the local vicar to act as his domestic servant and care for his invalid wife It is the vicar that she pesters to teach her to read and write and eventually he does This book follows the growing relationship between the two as she begins to learnMary is a spirited girl and her natural honesty often gets her into trouble but she is a wonderful character and relationship with her family and the vicar along battling against her sex and class makes this an eccentric little book There is a simplification and beauty to the prose of this book and with the uirky character of the narrative makes this pure joy to read I will admit it did take me a little bit to get use to the seen the lack of punctuation really though me off but the fact that it’s a journal I had to accept the fact that I shouldn’t expect perfection in the writing styles of a girl still learning to write I have to say this is an adorable little book that gave me great pleasure in reading Elegant and beautiful in a very simple way What a beautiful uiet haunting little book this is left me with my heart shattered with tears in my eyesREAD IT 💕 A farm in the 1830's 4 girls live with their mother and their abusive father on a farm where they are worked from sunup until sundown The youngest Mary who is 14 is sent to help the local preacher with his wife who is ill Mary is very special it is her journal her story we read and it is written simply and rather starkly to reflect the circumstances in which she lives Her reading and writing has come at a high cost to herself but it is the one thing she can do to make her grandfather proud It is her relationship with her grandfather that I feel is particularly poignant it is where she gets most of the love that is in her young life This book will not appeal to everyone but I do believe it will appeal to those who like Jessamyn Ward and Bonnie Jo Campbell The ending did rather shock me it was not at all what I was expecting Not a happy ever after kind of book 5 sad but beautiful starsWhat an astounding bookI could not believe that so much emotion could be packed into such a small book man was I wrong Mary was a fierce protagonist; her wit honesty and caring heart made her an altogether lovable main character And the other characters were surprisingly well developed considering how short the book was Leyshon did a remarkable job on that aspect aloneMary's story was swift unforgiving and realistic But it was also hopeful Her life on her family's farm was tough but it got a whole lot tougher when she moved in with the vicar and his family Mary being sold by her father to the vicar for housekeeping work seems like a horrible notion nowadays but back in 1830 it was completely unremarkable Mary's father was so hellbent on earning as much money as he possibly could he refused for even a second to consider his youngest daughter's welfare and the possibility that she might encounter an unspeakable evil upon beginning her new life at the vicar's Despite the initial confusion emotional setbacks and physical mistreatment she experiences while living with the vicar and his odd little family Mary manages to overcome even thrive in her new home thanks to her fierce spirit and strong will Although her learning to read does not come about as uickly as one would think it would in a story consisting of only 172 pages Mary does indeed become literate And when the synopsis of the book alludes to the fact that her new skill will come at a pricewell let's just say that that is the understatement of the effing century It was heart wrenching to read the injustices with which a painfully innocent Mary was forced to deal Like all other things in her life though Mary took it in stride and accepted her fate And that is what is at the heart of this novel; the fact that women had no say in how their lives turned out and no choice but to accept the fact that unbelievably horrific things happened to them on a daily basis Mary absorbs her abuse in such a way that it almost becomes normalbecause it was It was completely normal Not right but normal Mary takes it all in because that is what she knows she is supposed to do But there are conseuences to doing so; her wonderful spirit is crushed and she becomes a hollow shell of the person she once was Basically her story embodies everything it meant to be a women in pre suffrage times Without spoiling anything I will say this much for the ending it is EVERYTHING a reader would want as far as righting wrongs goes But it is also bleak not at all what you would want for Mary And there it is again; Leyshon does not sugarcoat the ending She keeps with the idea that things were rarely peaches and cream for women in the 19th century Yet there is a hopeful undertone to the ending; through Mary's choice to chronicle her experiences in a journal she believes that her words will reach someone anyone and they will learn the truth about her and why she did what she did Mary warns us that she has something to say and she does; it is not just it is not right it is not fair But it's reality And it's hers There isn't a doubt in my mind that The Colour of Milk will stay with me for years to come My introduction to Nell Leyshon was through 'Memoirs of a Dipper' which I really enjoyed That inspired me to read 'The Colour of Milk' Both books share similarities a first person narration by an unlikely narrator and hints of the denouement throughout the taleOverall I thought 'Memoirs of a Dipper' was successful than 'The Colour of Milk' That said the evocation of Mary a farmer's daughter in 1831 felt very credible and well researched and the story is tragic and compelling It's also a very short and easy to read bookMary who narrates the book is outspoken and her honesty often gets her into trouble with her family and later in the story the vicar's family where she goes to work as a maid To say any about the plot would be to ruin a powerful and original story I will be reading by Nell Leyshon From the back cover “Set in England in 1830 The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon is an emotionally haunting work of historical fiction about an illiterate farm girl’s emotional and intellectual awakening and its devastating conseuences”uotable “i said i would tell you the truth of everything that happened and i have told you and it is all true except for one thing”Much as been said about the peculiar writing style of The Colour of Milk written in the hand of newly literate country girl Mary Nell Leyshon chose to deliver Mary's testimony in its purest rawest form true to her uiet suppressed nature and limited ability to put emotions into the words she doesn't have The result is a poignant gutting confession in which every mundane detail matters and contribute to Mary's truth I read it in one go and I can only hope to ever write a book half that goodpreview reviewStarted at 5 am finished at 938 amWell I hope I'll write a book half that good somedayNote some reviewers have pointed the improbableincorrect use of the word hierarchy by Mary They seem to have overlooked the fact that Mary is uoting the vicar this is not her own vocabulary

About the Author: Nell Leyshon

Nell Leyshon is a British playwright and novelist born in Glastonbury Somerset At the age of eleven she moved to a small farming village on the edge of the Somerset Levels Her first attempts at novels were with a baby on her lap She burned a lot of the early writing and finally started on Black Dirt which was her first published novelWhile struggling to write prose she got a commission fr

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