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Ann-Marie MacDonald

Autor(a) de Fall on Your Knees

11+ Works 8,450 Membros 221 Reviews 33 Favorited

About the Author

Ann-Marie MacDonald was born in Baden Sölingen, in the former West Germany on October 29, 1958. She attended Carleton University before moving to Montreal to train as an actor at the National Theatre School of Canada, where she graduated in 1980. She has performed in theatres across Canada, and mostrar mais continues to act in film, television and theatre. She has appeared in several independent Canadian films including The Wars and Better Than Chocolate. She won a Gemini Award for her role in the film Where the Spirit Lives and was nominated for a Genie for her role in I've Heard the Mermaids Singing. Her play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) won the Governor General's Award for Drama, the Chalmers Award for Outstanding Play, and the Canadian Authors' Association Award for Drama. Her first novel, Fall on Your Knees, was published in 1996. Her other novels include The Way the Crow Flies and Adult Onset (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Ann-Marie MacDonald

Fall on Your Knees (1996) 5,442 cópias
The Way the Crow Flies (2003) 2,247 cópias
Adult Onset (2014) 263 cópias
Fayne (2022) 106 cópias
The Arab's Mouth (1995) 7 cópias
The Attic, the Pearls & Three Fine Girls (1998) — Playwright — 6 cópias
L'età adulta (2017) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Dropped Threads 3: Beyond The Small Circle. (2006) — Introdução — 41 cópias
No Margins: Canadian Fiction in Lesbian (2006) — Contribuinte — 31 cópias
Writers on writing (2002) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
Where the Spirit Lives [1989 film] — Actor — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum



This was a re-read after more than 20 years. This book was, for those years, in my top three fiction reads of all time. Not sure it's still there, but I loved it all over again. Despite remembering almost every aspect of t he plot. The writing carried me through, as did the compelling characters (Mercedes is particularly well written) and the story. I also enjoyed the many cultural references that evoked so many memories (the author and I are almost the same age).

Ms. MacDonald controls revelations so that there are surprises nearly up to the end of the book. She writes in clear style, but not graphic. Her revelations are subtle until you are smacked in the fact by your own understanding.

There are so many themes here. This time, I found myself reflecting on the contract in coping mechanisms -- and consequences -- for Frances vs. Mercedes. And I'm not sure I fully understand why Frances so badly wanted a baby.

Excellent book.
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LynnB | outras 124 resenhas | Apr 9, 2024 |
This is, in my opinion, great literature. Multiple themes and storylines that the author weave together so well. Strong, completely believable characters. Truth and lies. Lies that are harmless, until they are not. Guilt and innocence -- of children, of the times. Sometimes difficult to read because of the subject matter but always provocative and insightful.

I loved the setting and got swept up in memories of my own childhood.

I loved the issues probed by the story, such as the moral cost of the space program in Canada and U.S. And especially Jack's struggle in determining whether to condemn an innocent child to prison for the greater good of national security.

Maybe a bit long...it took a while for the story to get moving; on the other hand, I got totally immersed in the time and place of the story. There is a big jump in the story from Madeleine as a child to an adult. The t transition wasn't well managed and it took me a while to care about the adult Madeleine. But overall, a great read.
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LynnB | outras 62 resenhas | Mar 21, 2024 |
Fayne is as close to literary magic as it gets. What an incredibly complex and well-written book! It is epic. After the last page, which I read at 4 am cause I just couldn't put this down, I thought this deserved a standing ovation.
Fayne is massive, more than 700 pages, and like the isolated estate whose name it bears, it is full of secrets and mystery. It is by no means perfect, but nature prefers making things different, not perfect by human standards, as one of the characters states in the book.

Charlotte Bell is a daughter of a seclusive aristocrat growing up on this ancient estate in the late 19th century, hidden from the world due to her "condition". She grows up thirsty for knowledge, hoping to one day be admitted to a university where she could continue her studies despite such a thing being unheard of for women of her social class. Charlotte's mother is a rich American heiress, who we learn about in letters she wrote as a young bride. She supposedly died after giving birth to Charlotte, soon after the death of her elder brother Charles. Other characters living at Fayne and Charlotte's spinster aunt living in Edinburgh also have their secrets that will slowly start to unfold.

There are many characters in the story, all very well-developed. There are also some great, unexpected twists. The big twist concerning the main character was not that difficult to guess, but it didn't take away the magic of the story. The atmosphere is phenomenal, almost gothic and fairytale-like at the same time while at Fayne, but we are often pulled out and thrown into the real world.

The range of topics Fayne covers is very broad, in the tradition of great Victorian novels; science, social class, traditional roles, class, morality, marriage, education... Had there been trigger warnings about it, I might have never picked it up. Some parts were very difficult to read due to the emotion bursting from the pages. But, I am so glad I did.
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ZeljanaMaricFerli | outras 7 resenhas | Mar 4, 2024 |
Un libro colpevolmente poco conosciuto (almeno in Italia) e che invece meriterebbe molta più risonanza.
E' una saga familiare cupa e morbosa, in cui l'aspra bellezza delle coste della Nuova Scozia di inizio novecento si armonizza perfettamente con le vicende torbide dei personaggi.
La passione è il motore della storia, declinata in tutte le sue forme: dal desiderio malato all' amore travolgente, passando per l'estasi religiosa ed una "cupio dissolvi" di matrice mistica. Lo si potrebbe definire un libro di tentazione e redenzione, in cui tutti i protagonisti assaggiano il frutto proibito e dovranno pagare il prezzo del peccato prima di poter ritrovare la pace interiore; una definizione del genere per quanto calzante è però limitante, perché non tiene conto della tridimensionalità dei personaggi o della scrittura intensa eppure delicata dell'autrice, entrambi elementi fondamentali al pari della trama. Anche la storia con la S maiuscola fa capolino tra le pagine ed affrontiamo tanto gli orrori della vita al fronte quanto la desolazione degli anni della Grande Depressione. Peccato solo che il finale perda mordente, è una sorta di epilogo per tirare le fila che risulta tuttavia un po' troppo didascalico e sbrigativo.
In conclusione un libro imponente, spietato ma mai davvero "cattivo", che non può lasciare indifferenti.
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Lilirose_ | outras 124 resenhas | Jan 30, 2024 |


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