Herinneringen aan mijn roomse jeugd This unique autobiography begins with McCarthy s recollections of an indulgent idyllic childhood tragically altered by the death of her parents in the influenza epidemic of

  • Title: Herinneringen aan mijn roomse jeugd
  • Author: Mary McCarthy Nini Brunt
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  • Page: 496
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  • This unique autobiography begins with McCarthy s recollections of an indulgent, idyllic childhood tragically altered by the death of her parents in the influenza epidemic of 1918.

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    1. Overall, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood presents interesting snapshots of a child, then young adult's life being raised by relatives after the death of her parents. An odd upbringing, but obviously, the only one she has to compare to in her life. Mary McCarthy was only six years old when her parents decided to move from Seattle (home of her mother's parents) to Minneapolis (home of her father's). On the train trip, the entire family became ill with the flu and Mary's parents died. This began he [...]

    2. (2.5 stars!)The essays that make up Memories of a Catholic Girlhood are not particularly memorable, despite being written in McCarthy's wonderful, smart, smart prose. The earlier vignettes - about the loss of her parents to the 1918 flu pandemic, and her awful life in Minneapolis under the guardianship of a ham-fisted aunt and uncle - are fascinating, but once McCarthy moves back to the sheltered, quiet, rarified care of her grandparents in Seattle, her essays become less interesting and animate [...]

    3. What's most interesting about this memoir is how McCarthy takes all the choices she makes as a memoirist and subjects them to scrutiny. She talks about the temptation to fictionalise, the dubious reliability of memory, the reasons to include or exclude information, the implications for truthtelling of shaping life events and memories into a coherent narrative, the compromises and failures inherent in the form. Quite fascinating.

    4. I admit that I wasn't sure I would like this book. I put it on my To Read list after someone else gave it a good review, and I am not too sure I actually read the description before I did so.About 10 pages into it I realized that this book had the possibility to offend and anger me as a practicing Catholic. I made a promise to myself that if I found myself getting upset I would drop it and move on.I was pleasantly surprised. This is a very good autobiography that tackles the issue of "losing fai [...]

    5. Mary McCarthy lost both of her parents to influenza within a week of each other as they were traveling to Minnesota to begin a new life. She was shipped off at age 6 to live with her draconian aunt and uncle. At 11, she was finally "saved" by wealthy grandparents in Seattle. Fantastic, beautifully written memoir with sharp characterizations and told with rapier-sharp wit.

    6. I first read this in a house Mary McCarthy visited, her Vassar '33 classmate's at Westport Harbor, a grand house with glazed bookshelves containing classics--and McCarthy's Group, which included the hostess as one of the characters. This autobiography appalled and delighted me, a collection of humans almost like a zoo. I read it in a grand corner room above the library, with a few books like Lenin's Lettres à sa famille, and with Cambodian bow (for the hunt) over the fireplace, bow windows over [...]

    7. McCarthy is a good storyteller and this is an easy, absorbing read. Her relationships with women as she describe them here, especially her grandmothers and her schoolmates, are reflected in some of her later writings. She has this odd combination of snobbery/mean-girl-ism and sympathy/insight. She admits to her prejudices and failings, but doesn't really apologize for them, which is both annoying and refreshing.

    8. Well, all I can say is thank heavens I am finished with this book. I'll be writing more later but I found this to be a difficult read with a confirmed unreliable narrator. It is difficult to keep going when you question everything. I quickly developed a lack of trust and that is not good when the book is a memoir. More later.

    9. (2016 review) I think what unsettles people about the title is that they assume "Catholic" refers only to the religion. McCarthy's family was Catholic and she attended Catholic school for a few years. BUT (and this is significant), i also think McCarthy is referring to the adjective "catholic" (small c) here. This time around my favorite chapter is the final, lengthy one about her grandmother. It's a detailed, beautifully descriptive tribute in which she tries to capture their complicated relati [...]

    10. Picked this one up on a whim while browsing. Imagine my surprise. It's great!The thing I enjoyed so much about this book is that is doesn't attempt to portray the experience of living the memories it recalls, but presents them with hindsight and a sense of fair mindedness. McCarthy talks about the adults from her childhood more with a sense of pity than resentment, and with the forgiving air of a cultured intellectualism that is both over their capacity, and afforded her by the education their s [...]

    11. Stories of McCarthy's childhood as an orphan raised by two different households. This is only partly "about" the author's experiences: she muffles her tragedy (the early death of lighthearted parents to the influenza pandemic in 1919) by draping it in a child's ignorance, and her bitterness (as a pauper relation, briefly) is lightened by an adult's ironic distance. The book is written at two (really many) points: first as articles published in magazines, and again as commentaries on the original [...]

    12. Though I love Mary McCarthy's books, this is my least favourite. Interesting though it is to discover the facts of her traumatic childhood, I have a feeling she never really let go on this one. There is a melancholy throughout the text that actually has a depressive effect - never found this with her other books especially The Company She Keeps and The Group, both of which have just the right balance of humour and pathos. I do still delight in McCarthy's talent at pithy, yet unpretentious prose [...]

    13. Going to the incomplete shelf. Too many interruptions. This is a classic-style memoir with some great lyrical prose by McCarthy. Her parents pass and the four children find themselves orphans. Their grand aunt takes them in and the grand uncle is an abusive fool. But throughout the book, Mary interrupts to explain scenes and her perception of what really did happen: imagination or reality? Huh? I keep waiting to get to the real story here but with the interruptions, seems like I'm reading two bo [...]

    14. This was an interesting book about the sad loss of the author's parents during the influenza epidemic in 1918 and the circumstances that followed. The four children who survived the illness were parcelled out to various family members where they were treated as poor relations and in some cases mistreated and unloved. The book was very 'wordy', this is perhaps because it was publish in 1946 but I don't really think that is the case as many of its contemporaries are far less so. I suppose this was [...]

    15. Whew, what an upbringing she had -- absolutley Dickensian in that her guardians were abusive, unloving, and essentially horrid!McCarthy has a laser-beam ability to cut to the heart of people and their motiviations; very interesting to read her thoughts on religion especially.McCarthy is best known as the writer of the book "The Group." After reading her memoir, I'm interested in reading one of her fiction books.

    16. Didn't really enjoy this - although a memoir by an established author of fiction, the author admitted in the introduction and in sections at the end of each 'chapter' or 'story' that things may not have happened exactly as she had just written about it! Not terribly impressed I'm afraid: 4.5/10.

    17. I love biography. Especially when an author can get inside their long-ago mind. When they reveal unbelievably embarassing things about themselves. When I'm exposed to new worlds or history. This is a great book for all those reasons.

    18. I savored every page of this beautifully written memoir. Now I know why Mary Karr is always raving about it!

    19. The title does not do justice to this charming autobiography about an atheist who grew up as a Catholic in a variety of households. I was simply laughing at multiple moments in this text.

    20. McCarthy has an extraordinarily sad story to tell about her life, yet she skips through incidences of loss and abuse in a casual and humorous fashion. As a six year old, accompanied by a her parents and three brothers, she boarded an train in Seattle to following the family’s intention to resettle in Minneapolis. The year was 1918 and a virulent influenza epidemic was sweeping the word, carrying off millions to an early grave. The bacterium travelled with them and the other passengers on that [...]

    21. I always knew McCarthy's parents both died in the influenza epidemic of 1918. But I never knew what happened to her (and her 3 younger brothers) after that. McCarthy gives us the searing details: the horrid relatives who made them sleep with tape over their mouths to prevent "mouth breathing". (What is with that?) and the terrible food and no toys or friends. How unimportant children were is emphasized, both in the treatment by the aunt and uncle who were paid to raise them, and by the other rel [...]

    22. Maybe I read this book too late – too long after Mary McCarthy was writing, arguing publicly with Lillian Hellman, and taking courageous, and to some outrageous, social and political stands. At any rate, I might not have read finished this book had it not been Mary McCarthy’s memoirs.How can one’s own memoirs sound like reportage?Yes, she recounted her terribly tough (cruel) childhood. Perhaps she didn’t want to sound pitiable or to sensationalize her tragedy. But give me a little approp [...]

    23. I do not believe this review of mine will convey most of what I think about this book. My feeling is that MEMORIES OF A CATHOLIC GIRLHOOD is almost impossible to meet on its own terms almost sixty years after its publication. The first edition copy I borrowed from the public library has, as its copyright date, 1957. The copyright page indicates that several chapters were published in magazines more than ten years before. Inasmuch as McCarthy stresses throughout the book that she is an atheist, a [...]

    24. Overall the book was not as thrilling as I had expected it to be. I was disappointed with the lack of exciting events. I had thought that the book would be more interesting the further I got into it, but was never satisfied with the direction in which the author took her story. I would most likely not recommend this book to my friends for lack of interest. The author's writing style was well crafted and she was able to effectively tell her story through the short scenes she depicted. Sometimes, [...]

    25. Mary McCarthy's autobiographical collection of essays originally appeared in "The New Yorker" and "Harper's Bazaar" between 1946 and 1955. For the book she wrote comments on her essays and addressed the perennial question of the veracity of memory. All of this was highly interesting to me since I am writing a memoir myself. The McCarthy children, including Mary's three brothers, lost their parents in the flu epidemic of 1918 after an ill-advised move by train from Seattle to Minneapolis during t [...]

    26. I'm intrigued by the memoir as a genre, fascinated by the different forms it can take. For example, Ms. McCarthy sets up Memories of A Catholic Girlhood acknowledging the various ways truth can be reshaped in writing the story of one's life; an author might forget the particular details and need to create them in order to fill in the blanks of her story or she may just want to change the details because it makes the story more fun. In this author's case she followed each chapter of her story wit [...]

    27. "Memories of a Catholic Girlhood," a memoirs book club selection, is the only book I've read by Mary McCarthy. The reader learns of the death of both McCarthy's parents due to the influenza epidemic of 1918-1919, which left Mary and her siblings wards of their strict Catholic paternal grandparents in Minneapolis. However the title is somewhat misleading as her Catholic upraising lasted only partway into her adolescent years - - subsequently Mary lived with her maternal non-Catholic grandparents [...]

    28. Orphaned, abused, rescued, educated in a convent then an Episcopal seminary—precocious Mary McCarthy's childhood reads like a novel. It's a good thing she became a novelist and learned how to tell it well. I suspect she enjoyed being the protagonist for once. Like all good storytellers, she can lower your guard with outrageous humor and then sting you with insight. Her characters are full and dynamic; the stories are captivating. Some elements are fictionalized, some details massaged for the g [...]

    29. McCarthy has the widest and most sophisticated vocabulary of any writer I've ever read. These stories are brilliant in her perceptions of what actually goes on compared to what is believed to go on. She's a truth-teller who cuts through the crap and shows things as they really are. She was not favored because she was such a rebel, but favored because she was so creative, which are both sides of the same coin.It was interesting to me as a Minneapolitan, to read about her years in Minneapolis, eve [...]

    30. I absolutely loved getting lost in the pages of this memoir. McCarthy writes, in a particularly Catholic manner, about the mysteries of faith - not faith in God or religion, but mysteries of the faith we all have in our families - starting from a very young age and carrying through until the end of our lives. With families, we always wonder - Why is he or she like that? Yet we constantly seek their approval and insight, and we strive to come to an understanding of our families. McCarthy explores [...]

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