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  • Paperback
  • 320
  • The Ballroom
  • Anna Hope
  • English
  • 14 October 2018
  • 9780771039119

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  1. says:

    I haven't had much time to write this review since I finished reading this book a couple of days ago but I've been thinking about these characters and their story so much so that as I'm writing this I have decided to up my rating from 4 to 5 stars It was just shy of 5 stars for me because I felt it a little slow at times but the I thought abo

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    Well this wasn’t the experience I had hoped for There’s a tiny part of me that feels this story teetered on the very edg

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    Update since I can't stop thinking about this I'm moving this up to 5 starsIreland 1911Love found in an insane asylum by a man and woman who were institutionalized without having a mental disorder This is what was heartbreaking People locked up for no reasonThe Ballroom in the asylum was used on Friday nights f

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    Unlike music excessive reading has been shown to be dangerous for the female mindThe Ballroom often feels lush in nature but

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    This has been a difficult review in the sense that I initially couldn't pinpoint what it was that didn't feel right for me Up to the middle I knew I liked it enough to continue reading my overall impression was positive but it wasn't fulfilling my expectationsIn a certain degree I am still conflicted and divided

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    I hate that this is overFor one day a week 2 hours on a Friday night both women and men who have been segregated in the asylum are brought together in the ballroom For one night they have the pleasure of listening to music and dancing as if they were normal Where for 2 hours they feel human They feel hope They feel a connection Until it's decided that it be stopped as an act of punishmentI loved the characters Ella in an act of

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    Beautiful Simple Sincere Poetic What else can I say Just finished this lovely story 1911 Set over the heatwave summer of 1911 at the end of the Edwardian era The ballroom is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession of madness and sanity and of who gets to decide which is whichInside an asylum at the edge o

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    I received a copy of The Ballroom by Anna Hope through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Random House and to Anna Hope for the oppor

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    45 Heartfelt StarsThe Ballroom by Anna Hope was my very first Traveling Sister Group Read with Brenda Norma Lindsay and JanB It was an amazingly rewarding experience with incredibly kind inspiring smart and simply wonderful women The group read

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    45 stars What a touching and unforgettable read This was our first Traveling Sister Read with Norma Brenda JanB and Susanne We had such a wonderfully enjoyable time reading this together It sparked a lot of deep discussion and it was very interesting to get to know everyone's perspectives and opinionsThis novel was haunt

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Where love is your only escape 1911 Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows there is a ballroo I haven t had much time to write this review since I finished reading this book a couple of days ago but I ve been thinking about these characters and their story so much so that as I m writing this I have decided to up my rating from 4 to 5 stars It was just shy of 5 stars for me because I felt it a little slow at times but the I thought about it I realized how the slow moving time really depicted what it was like for these patients as they waited for the next dance in The Ballroom or waited for a time when they would be freeI was very much reminded of What She Left Behind a novel about people in an asylum in upstate NY This one in England didn t seem a whole lot different where you may be institutionalized when you may not be mentally ill and subjected to awful treatment both physical and psychological and where the actions of asylum staff are disturbing than the actions for which the patients are deemed insane There are three narrative perspectives here Ella a young woman who has lived a life of abuse at home and has a hard working life at a mill breaks a window to see the sky and is admitted to the asylum John an Irish farmer has suffered losses and is sent here from the workhouses Charles an insecure doctor escaping his father and a tedious life wants to do something important but it is horrible and at the expense of Tom Ella and Ella s friend Clem It s hard to read at times The beautiful possibilities of friendship and love in such a dark place and these unforgettable characters were the only lights In some respects this is a commentary on the mental health treatment in the early 1900 s a personal statement as the author tells us that her great great grandfather was a patient in an asylum but at its core this is a love story that will touch anyone with a heart There are many books that have given me a knot in my stomach a lump in my throat and a few that make me cry This was one that did all three It s haunting and gnawing yet beautifully written Thanks to Random House Publishing Group Random House and NetGalley

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M vast and beautiful For one bright evening every week they come together and dance When John and Ella meet It is a dance that will change two lives foreverSet over the heatw This has been a difficult review in the sense that I initially couldn t pinpoint what it was that didn t feel right for me Up to the middle I knew I liked it enough to continue reading my overall impression was positive but it wasn t fulfilling my expectationsIn a certain degree I am still conflicted and divided over a few parts of the novel And then something happened and the book started coming to lifeI started The Ballroom by Anna Hope with enthusiasm Stories that are set in asylums dealing with mental illness have always fascinated me There is something profound humbling even in diving right into the deepest recesses of the human brain and witness how much difference can a single stimulus make however slight or unimportant it may seem Moreover novels that are set in asylums are full of characters that have no reason to be there other than the prejudices and norms on which the societies of the past were built Whoever dares to walk away from conformities is branded a lunatic deemed a danger to the good people Here we have an interesting premise In the asylum of our story in Yorkshire there is a special hall called The Ballroom The patientsmen and women who are well behaved are rewarded when they are chosen to take part in the waltz evenings under the sound of Dr Fuller s pianoThe characters in focus are four Ella a young woman who broke a window in her workplace John Mulligan from Ireland who is harbouring family secrets Clem a young upper class girl and Dr Fuller who is the character that drived the story forwardThere is a great risk of spoilers with The Ballroom What I can safely say is that I found the plot of eugenics really interestingif terrifying The particular notion isn t something new A number of scientists serving their own distorted ideas of pure societies some distinguished public figures of the time and a handful of totalitarian states desired to bring it to action There are voices however weak still supporting it today which fills me with horror over the future of mankind but this is a discussion for another timeThe characters are wel drawn Ella is sensible sensitive and with tremendous resources of inner strength as is John He has the characteristics of a tragic figure his sense of freedom being his driving force and in my opinion he is the one the reader can immediately connect with Clem was an unsympathetic irritating character in my eyes And Dr Fuller There s so much storm inside him so much darkness and illusions so many secrets view spoilerWhat starts as a force of good becomes the most evil presence in the narration hide spoiler

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Ave summer of 1911 the end of the Edwardian era THE BALLROOM is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession of madness and sanity and of who gets to decide which is which I received a copy of The Ballroom by Anna Hope through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Random House and to Anna Hope for the opportunityWho would know the things inside her if she stayed in this placeElla Fay has cast her lot by breaking a covered window in a factory where she labored in a most bleek manner as a spinner The tight threads cut into her swollen fingers and those same threads entangled upon her thoughts of freedom She wished beseechingly for a glimpse of blue skyBeing female she was diagnosed as suffering from hysteria from the Greek word for womb and brought to Sharston Asylum in the Yorkshire moors Anger and outbursts were on a long list of conditions that would readily escort you into an asylum uick as a beggar s wink as this story takes place in 1911 Even excessive reading was thought to taint the female mind Dr Charles Fuller newly assigned to the asylum is in charge of Ella s case Ironically just as a strong urge to escape her surroundings impells Ella to act out Fuller wishes to escape the clutches of his successful surgeon father and his overbearing mother We will experience a transformation in character in the likes of Fuller who introduces music and dance to the male and female patients of the asylumThe ballroom and its center stage of musicians brings a touch of beauty to these patients And here is where Ella will meet John Mulligan a tall sturdy Irishman escaping the hardships and sorrows of his former life They allow the lilt of the music to break down barriers and soon find themselves deeply attracted to one anotherseeing spirit from eye into eyeDr Fuller is slowly drawn into the scientific study of Eugenics a controlled breeding of a population in order to assure superiority The Feeble Minded Control Bill has been introduced into the government at this time The asylums are overflowing with patients especially from the pauper class Compassion seems to be taking a side step and the element of humanity waits on a distant shoreThere is such depth in the characterizations here of Ella Fuller and John Anna Hope uses the scope of perspective in each chapter as the storyline pivots and focuses on each We also are introduced to the character of Clem who becomes Ella s friend and confidante The writing of Anna Hope is something to savor and to hold in outstretched palms like the soft feathers of a tiny bird He found he could not speak as though all the words inside him had been pushed to the bottom of a dark wellI must encourage you dear reader to open the pages of this book in order to follow the path cut into the dark moors Where do the footsteps of Ella and John lead Can the breath of hope survive in even the most dire of circumstances It s perched on the corner of each and every page that you turn