Under the Hawthorn Tree is a children's historical novel by Marita Conlon- McKenna, the first in At the opening of the book, in , blight strikes the family potato plot, and shows the beginning of the Great Famine. Their baby sister Bridget. Under the Hawthorn Tree book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. It is the late s and the Great Famine has ravaged Irel. . Under the Hawthorn Tree book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Yichang municipality, Hubei province, China, early s .
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Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Grade The horrors of the potato famine in Under the Hawthorn Tree is Ireland's top selling children's book. The phenomenal success of this original and enthralling book is celebrated with. Marita Conlon-McKenna is one of Ireland's most popular children's authors. She has written nine bestselling children's books. Under the Hawthorn Tree, her first. Under the Hawthorn Tree is Ireland's top selling children's book and a classic for young readers worldwide. Set during the Irish famine, it follows three children.
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More filters. Sort order. This is one of the books from my childhood. I was in fourth class when our teacher first read this to us. I fell in love. From there I bough all three books and read them myself. To this day I can still remember reading these books, and this book was what got me hooked.
It's my favourite in the trilogy. The book is based in the time of the great famine of Ireland. It's about three kids who fight for their lives and are determined to find their relatives. For a children's book it has a lot of tra This is one of the books from my childhood.
For a children's book it has a lot of tragedy. The saddest scene for me view spoiler [was when baby Bridget died. It takes some time at a young age to read through everything. We see sickness, death and survival shown in this book. We meet new characters, but they never stay. It's always about the three protagonists. And their individual paths in life. I adored this book and all three characters, though Eily was my favourite.
She had the big sister vibe that I loved. Of course they are all kids in this. You might not expect a HEA. The way everything works out is happy. It showed the courage the kids had. They made the long journey and survived. It wasn't a thing that you could say for sure in the beginning. It's written in a time that Ireland was full of death.
It's one of those times you learn about in Ireland and this book, though not educational, is good to read during that part of your education. Under the Hawthorn Tree is not just for kids. It's not just for Irish people. This book is for anyone who would like a story that has that hint of adventure and tragedy to it. The book is a lovely read and I believe it's why they are so popular in Ireland. McKenna did a wonderful job delivering a beautiful story. Highly recommended read! Membaca kisah tiga beradik ini begitu mengesankan.
Entah bagaimana mereka menghadapi hari-hari yang berlaku dengan penuh ketabahan, sedangkan kanak-kanak seusia mereka ketika ini sedang enak bersenang-lenang menghadap televisyen dan internet.
Kisah pengembaraan Elly, Michael dan Peggy adalah kisah hidup yang sebenar di zaman kebuluran di Ireland yang berlaku pada akhir an. Kebuluran yang teramat teruk hingga memusnahkan hampir keseluruhan penduduk Ireland khususnya.
Kembara tiga bera Membaca kisah tiga beradik ini begitu mengesankan. Kembara tiga beradik ini bermula di saat penantian kepulangan ayah dan ibunya bagaikan sudah tiba di noktahnya. Keyakinan bahawa kedua-dua orang tuanya akan pulang beransur-ansur hilang. Apatah lagi ketika itu mereka telah disuruh untuk berpindah ke rumah perlindungan. Elly tak mahu berpisah dengan adik-adiknya. Akhirnya dia tekad untuk melarikan diri, membawa pergi Michael dan Peggy jauh daripada rumah mereka.
Cuba menjejaki nenek-nenek saudara mereka yang hanya diketahui ceritanya melalui ibu mereka. Entah di mana semangat juang mereka itu hadir. Tetapi ia bagaikan penyuluh kepada tiga beradik ini untuk terus berjuang menempuh perjalanan yang jauh dan sukar.
Menyelusuri langkah-langkah mereka, aku sendiri terfikir bagaimana agaknya jika aku di tempat mereka. Seandai hidup dilanda badai, seandai hati dirundum malang, cukup kuatkah untuk menghadapi segala-galanya? Entah aku nanti bisa bangkit kembali atau tidak? Cerita ini memang wajar [baca: Kita hidup di Malaysia dengan penuh rukun dan damai.
Tidak menghadapi saat-saat sukar seperti tiga beradik ini. Wajarlah kita mensyukuri nikmat yang Tuhan pinjamkan kepada kita. Tuhan ada caranya sendiri mengatur hidup kita dan tak tahulah kenapa hidup ini begitu sukar. Kita kenalah berusaha yang terbaik dengan apa yang kita ada, menyayangi satu sama lain dan meneruskan hidup ini [page 42] Dan itulah hakikat kehidupan ini.
Kita diuji dengan pilihan. Berusaha dan kemudian bertawakal. Tiada yang lebih berkuasa daripada-Nya.
Yakin dan redha. Dia tak akan menghampakan hamba-hamba-Nya. View 2 comments. Y me dejo bastante conmovido. Un texto lleno de sensibilidad que te muestra el poder de hermanos frente a circunstancias bestiales de la vida.
Las escenas de ataques, hambre y muertes, te estrujaran todo el ser. Te lo aseguro. View 1 comment. Sep 07, Josephine Jo rated it liked it Shelves: This is a touching story of the tragic effect of the potato famine in Ireland in A family is torn apart in an attempt to survive, the people of that era lived through hell. Parents watched their babies waste away and if they did not starve then they were at risk of dying from the dreadful fever. They face such perils as they fight to stay alive in a land where everyone seems to be This is a touching story of the tragic effect of the potato famine in Ireland in They face such perils as they fight to stay alive in a land where everyone seems to be dead or like walking dead.
This is an idea introduction to this period in Irish history. View all 5 comments. Aug 06, Connie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I own this book. Under the Hawthorne Tree Series: At the opening of the book, in , blight strikes the family potato plot, and shows the beginning of the Great Famine.
Their baby sister Bridget dies of sickness and is buried under the hawthorn tree in the garden: Their father goes to find work fixing the roads, and the children and their heart broken mother struggle each day, getting barely enough food to survive. Their poor mother ends up selling all of her belongings except for the clothes on her skin. Finally, impatient and worried, she leaves to search for her husband.
After several weeks of waiting for their parents, the three siblings come to terms with the fact that their parents have died. This is when they make their long journey to the other side of Ireland, in search of the long-lost aunts the only other family members they know of who they only knew because of their mother's stories.
With no exact location or map to follow, no adult and no food, these three siblings try to find their way "home". While the setting, China during the cultural revolution, was both interesting and less common, it provided both interest and problem to those less familiar with the time. Having studied modern Chinese History, there were elements that struck me, but the oddities present in this time did provide some-what of a struggle in terms of ease of reading.
There were moments that wording and phrases seemed out of place for the anti-liberal society, though this may be due to translation. Overall, the story provides a good account of life in China in the 's, and the struggles a young girl has to face in the upside down social structure facing the cultural revolution, but in terms of great romantic stories, I found the novel to have only scratched the surface of what could have been a very moving, deep story of love.
May 23, ApplePie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: As a girl in the modern society, it was very hard to relate to everything, so I took some time to look up details of the Cultural Revolution in China. And during my research, I slowly began to understand the plot and the characters.
Jingqiu was mature and naive at the same time. She knew how to keep her mouth and help her family to survive, but nobody told her what love was.
Of course, she figured it out in time I read the Chinese or As a girl in the modern society, it was very hard to relate to everything, so I took some time to look up details of the Cultural Revolution in China. The problem is, that some phrases are just translated different.
I am NOT implying that the translation is bad, but you know that translations and originals are just not the same. Take the German word Habseligkeiten as an example: So it has other things attached to it. Well, back to the book I think Jingqiu acted shy and unexperienced because she was afraid. As a girl who did not have a decent background at that time , she was always rejected, and critisised. And please understand, at that time, there was no such thing like sexual education.
Some passages were - yes, I know - quite primary school-ish. That is because the book is based on a true story, recorded in a diary. The author is retelling the story after editing certain details out and adding information from conversations with her friend. Thus, Ai Mi tried to keep dialogues and such close to the true story.
It is a bit sad that the book itself did not contained a more detailed summary from the Cultural Revolution and its aftereffects more sad for one star ratings. And then, I cannot expect everyone to do some research for every book, right? No matter what others say, I really like this book for picturing something that rarely exsists now. The ending broke my heart, but it is a good written and realistic end.
Yet more painful is the fact that there would be no happy ending I could think of. Jan 23, Sandra rated it it was amazing. I find this book extremely special, heartfelt, realistic under the circumstances, and romantic.
It had a little bit of everything - some history, geography, mystery, naivety, realism, sadness and romance. It is not the predictable, sensual book that is so often put out there as a "great romance" where one knows the ending after reading the first page. I understand that some people might think that Jingqiu was too naive, but one must consider the conditions under which she grew up: She had a v I find this book extremely special, heartfelt, realistic under the circumstances, and romantic.
She had a very protective mother who said so many things to her to scare her with statements like "you don't want to ruin your reputation" and "look at all the girls who have been ruined", "don't let boys mess with you", etc. She was living under an educational and government ruling system where children did not question their teachers or superiors, and where obedience was mandatory.
She was a hard worker who 'kept her nose to the grindstone' and so didn't discuss things with schoolmates or co-workers and her goal was to excel, not only in academics but in sports.
Her 'true love' also didn't explain things to her and seldom said what he actually meant. She was always second-guessing him and trying to figure out what he actually thought, based on things she had heard from her mother and others.
Adults in her circle of school and work also made comments to heard which were unclear and could be easily misunderstood. If there was anything I would change about the book, it would have been a better explanation of what the Cultural Revolution was all about, but from Ai Mi's point of view, she wrote it for those who were already living it. This book had everything that I love in a book and the translation was also very well done with very few errors.
Kudos to Ai Mi and to the translator, Anna Holmwood. Jun 15, Chels Patterson rated it really liked it Shelves: Honestly this novel is just okay. It's not at all descriptive. Very dry. And for a western society it's very very distant. I studied Communist China as part of my undergrad degree in history, and found this story too lacking in reference for those outside of China.
The novel the Family, does a better job teaching about this time period.
I found the girl very hard to relate to. Very dim witted, very naive to her own detriment, very very bi-polar in the use of her emotions, but then again she does Honestly this novel is just okay. Very dim witted, very naive to her own detriment, very very bi-polar in the use of her emotions, but then again she doesn't even know her emotions.
I could not relate how she helps writes ppls love letters, see affairs, romances even pregnancy but is so afraid of everything romantic. I don't get it, girls talk they would learn from each other basic things like in order to get pregnant one does not just share a room. She was just so worried all the time, and never seem to worry about the right things.
It was almost depressing and made me dislike her. Old third, was a well developed character. But as soon a he cut his hand I knew the ending. That was annoying. All I remember is wanted to have a visual look of the hawthorn tree, and Old Third, instead I got a visual of factories and dilapidated houses, not the things that matter.
I also wanted her to stop being so stupid!!! No one else seemed as stupid as she. Some may say ignorant or naive, but she was stupid, she jumped to conclusions and had no understanding of life, always took the negative, always went against her body and what ppl were telling her to be true. I like the ending, very beautiful. But I would have preferred certain things to be left out, because then one just thinks the author is actually telling a true story and then it pisses you off.
Because how could a memoir have such a poorly developed self character. Feb 03, Fazi rated it really liked it Shelves: The cultural revolution in China, the struggle of a girl and her disgraced mother, and of course the tale of a poignant love story. Under the Hawthorn tree was a very enjoyable read, i was able gain some insight into the cultural and Chinese history. The novel also made me realise the situations to do with class and power.
I loved the romance, Ai Mi has a way of writing that causes one to be affected by such words of sincere gratitude, and the ardor that I have for these characters is a thing of The cultural revolution in China, the struggle of a girl and her disgraced mother, and of course the tale of a poignant love story. I loved the romance, Ai Mi has a way of writing that causes one to be affected by such words of sincere gratitude, and the ardor that I have for these characters is a thing of utter beauty.
The ending however, did leave me angry and in tears. I absolutely loved the sentences that 'Old third' says in this book. As long as you want me to wait, as long as it doesn't make you unhappy, I can wait a lifetime. I can't be the first person to have fallen in love with you, and i won't be the last. But i do believe i will love you the most' Sep 02, Carbo rated it it was amazing.
Saw the movie and watched a tv adaptation of it. Both of which I cried at the ending which is rare for me. It takes place in the 70s and due to Cultural Revolution, China has made marked progress in the last 40 years. In the 70s, the conservative views of life was very much behind the rest of the world. What I despise is the belief back then of how a woman who became pregnant out of wedlock basically threw her future away, especially if the father of the child does not take responsibility.
The w Saw the movie and watched a tv adaptation of it. The woman was forced to marry someone not of her choosing , an abusive man because she is now impure and has little choice in choosing a suitable husband. What angers me is the belief that women must marry and have a husband to take care of her or she won't survive on her own. The sad reality is in this present day, there is still a similar belief that a woman if not married cannot be happy in her own right. Jan 06, Camille Venturina rated it liked it.
Overall, it was a pleasure to read. I enjoyed spending time with the characters - Jingxiu, so innocent , and Sun, so perfect.
It was very easy to fall in love with the leading man. It's a simple, sad, love-cum-coming of age story set against a backdrop of complicated circumstances.
As a reader who is not very knowledgeable of the cultural revolution and depths of communism in China, I also appreciated gaining some insight into this part of China's history. I found the pacing slightly strange, how Overall, it was a pleasure to read.
I found the pacing slightly strange, however - it was difficult to get a sense of time in the book. It didn't affect the story too much, I guess, but it would have been a smoother read if the author managed to display how far in time their story stretched.
Worth a read - there's a movie too, which I watched right after I finished the book; it's also beautiful and it was great to see the landscapes and characters come to life. Jul 20, Joyce Lee rated it it was ok. It reads like a romance novel without super explicit stuff. The plot is reminiscent of soap dramas where someone withholds information and all manner of misunderstandings abound, innocent virgins unintentionally turning on men because they are innocently and of course charmingly blind to their own allure.
I would have loved this book as a teenager - I remember idolising angsty male heroes - but I don't think it is my taste anymore. I am not writing this off as a bad book, but the reader would It reads like a romance novel without super explicit stuff. I am not writing this off as a bad book, but the reader would have to be in the right age group to enjoy it. Am not sorry I read it, but probably wouldn't read it again.
Dec 29, Vivian rated it did not like it. The plot is held together by so many "chance" happenings that it is impossible to suspend so much disbelief.
I lost patience with the protagonist's self absorption and thickness and obsession with her purity. Leave it to the Chinese my heritage is Chinese btw to have sex but remain a virgin! Naive ness is coy but a whole book on it is just plain being "thick".
Populist movements " a classic" do not make. I'm guessing that the most generous reviews aren't by people who know the culture at all b The plot is held together by so many "chance" happenings that it is impossible to suspend so much disbelief. I'm guessing that the most generous reviews aren't by people who know the culture at all because the protagonist is not like any cultural revolution coming-of-age person I know. Jun 02, Cathy rated it liked it Shelves: Ok I am really happy I read the reviews because I think everyone who mid rated this book had the same issues and loves that I did with this book.
Starting with what I loved. The setting was amazing!! This book has peaked my interest in Chinese history in a way that no textbook ever could. And now we have Ok I am really happy I read the reviews because I think everyone who mid rated this book had the same issues and loves that I did with this book.
And now we have moved on to my least favourite thing in this story, the characters! It is a real testament to the setting that I continued through a book where the characters were so annoying. I think for awhile the setting helped explain the characters true naivety.