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The Ballroom [ read online ] by Anna Hope

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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. 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 of the Yorkshire moors where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows there is a ballroom vast and beautiful For one bright evening a week they come together and dance When John and Ella meet it is a dance that will change two lives forever The story is told in chapters alternating between John Ella and Charles the doctor The doctor who turns out to be maybe insane than some of the inhabitants of the asylum spiraling down a dark and desperate road Beautiful writing poetic a romantic and tragic story A heartbreakerbeautiful More later andVery recommended

review The Ballroom

The Ballroom

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. Unlike music excessive reading has been shown to be dangerous for the female mindThe Ballroom often feels lush in nature but is uite simple really It s a tale of falling in love and of obsession centered during the time when an individual can be institutionalized against hisher will for almost any reason Break a window mentally ill Grieving the loss of your child mentally ill You get the picture Like other reviewers such as Angela M I was reminded of the book What She Left Behind while reading this book It s another great book which I encourage those reading this review to check that book out In this book Ella a young woman who has had to work hard her entire life breaks a window in the factory she works in Even though she promises to somehow pay for the window she is institutionalized She is mad you see no sane woman would ever break a window There is also Clem who has a love of reading and often refuses to eat She is hospitalized by her family and has been released and re admitted again There is John a man grieving the death of his daughter institutionalize for melancholy and Dr Fuller a doctor and musician who has weekly dances for the good patients where they must dance with each other whether they want to or not There is always some madness in love But there is also always some reason in madness Friedrich NietzscheAn asylum on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors is hardly the place one would expect to find romance The men and women are kept apart The men get to work outdoors while the women remain pale from working indoors But through the weekly dances love blooms and madness grows Hope springs forth in the most unlikely of places This story of love and obsession is told through three character s POV Ella John and Dr Fuller sThe writing is beautiful hopeful and heart breaking all at the same time There is injustice here being institutionalized having your freedom revoked and your life turned upside down is upsetting to say the least With little hope of release how does one pass the time cope and live a life Dr Fuller is an interesting character who at first I liked and admired for his use of music to uplift spirits and give people the chance at socialization Soon his character begins to change his feelings on reading BOO HISS and his own downward spiral show a man with secrets and troubles of his ownDr Fuller is not the only one to change during this book Ella and John both change as well As they experience hope wistful feelings romance and acceptance their lives grow but can they ever be together in a place built to keep them apartIt is sad to say that the treatment of patients in the asylum is realistic for how people in institutions were treated back then When anyone could deem you insane if you did not do as they said Women fared much worse than men Reasons for admission taken from the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia from 1864 to 1889 included laziness egotism disappointed love female disease mental excitement cold snuff greediness imaginary female trouble gathering in the head exposure and uackery jealousy religion asthma masturbation and bad habits Spouses used lunacy laws to rid themselves of their partners and in abducting their children That is only to name a few I am sure the laws and criteria were similar in other countries as wellI found this book to be sad hopeful heart breaking and thought provoking The writing is elouent and each point of view flowed beautifully into the next It s a cruel word these characters lived in The Author s note at the end describes her reasons for writing the book which I also enjoyed readingThis is not always an easy read but a rewarding one Plus that epilogue Read of my reviews at wwwopenbookpostcom

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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. 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 for dances for the men and women who were housed separately this being their only bright spot of the weekThe doctor who was in charge of these patients started out a caring man and then turned evil and really gave this story suspenseThis book was dark but there were glimpses of hope I loved a few of the characters and felt their painDespite the heartbreak this is a very good book Vengeance Road (Torpedo Ink 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 Pantaleon y Las Visitadoras is a ballroo. Update since I can t stop thinking about this I m moving this up to 5 starsIreland 1911Love found Ni Un Jefe Más. Quiero tener mi negocio y ser mi propio jefe. Secretos para independizarse: Cómo un Emprendedor Exitoso. Cómo crear una empresa exitosa. Cómo emprender e iniciar un negocio rentable in an No Limits (No existen Límites cuando se cree en uno mismo) insane asylum by a man and woman who were Captain Wentworths Persuasion institutionalized without having a mental disorder This Canu Cynnar is what was heartbreaking People locked up for no reasonThe Ballroom La bondad de los extraños in the asylum was used on Friday nights for dances for the men and women who were housed separately this being their only bright spot of the weekThe doctor who was Willy the Wizard in charge of these patients started out a caring man and then turned evil and really gave this story suspenseThis book was dark but there were glimpses of hope I loved a few of the characters and felt their painDespite the heartbreak this Off-side is a very good book


10 thoughts on “The Ballroom

  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 a

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    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 fo

  4. says:

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

  5. says:

    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 Hop

  6. says:

    I hate that this is overFor one day a week 2 hours on a Friday night both women and men who have been segregated i

  7. says:

    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 of the Yor

  8. says:

    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 place?Ella Fay has cast her lot by breaking a covered window in a factory where she labored in a most bleek manner

  9. says:

    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 and discussions that ensued opened my eyes to a lot of things about the book that I would not have thought of otherwise The Ballroom is a novel that I found to be brilliantly written evocative and

  10. says:

    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 haunting intense heart breaking and heart warming for me I truly enjoyed reading every single page For me the storyline was v

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