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Title: Powerful and heartbreaking.
Content: The Five was our ‘book club that’s not a book club’ pick for May. It had been on my TBR since it was released, so I couldn’t wait to read it, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I also really enjoyed our group discussions along the way. This book truly gives a unique insight in to the lives of the five victims of Jack the Ripper, and it’s nice to see the victims finally given the dignity they deserve. I feel that with murder/serial killer cases (and all crimes in general actually), we are so quick to discuss the killer and their lives, and to dig in to the why they did it that we overlook the most important people; the victims. That is what makes this book so refreshing from your usual true crime, the murders aren’t described, and the author only really mentions the Ripper once or twice throughout the book. That was one of my favourite things about this book, because for once Jack the Ripper wasn’t given the spotlight that he so desperately craved. It was extremely interesting for me personally to read what it was like in East London back in the 1800s, as I lived in Bethnal Green and went to University in Whitechapel for a few years, so I can visualise a lot of the places mentioned, but the area is VERY different today. The East End is actually one of the trendiest areas of London nowadays, with Brick Lane, and Spitalfields Market drawing people in from all over, so reading how it was one of the WORST parts back then was absolutely fascinating. These women’s stories highlight the huge difference between social roles then and now. Yes, we still have a long way to go, even today, but the way life was back then is absolutely shocking. It was so easy for a woman to find herself in a situation where she was forced to live in awful conditions or even on the streets, for multiple different reasons, that wouldn’t even effect our lives today. The Five was a massive eye opener on that front for me. Each woman’s story was incredibly sad, and their lives were unbelievably difficult, despite the fact that they all grew up in completely different circumstances. Honestly, I don’t think I would have been able to cope with even half of what these women went through. The saddest part about each of their stories is that all of them seemed to be only one small decision away from avoiding their fate completely, and most of those decisions were actually forced upon them. Also, the revelation that there is a high chance that none of them were even prostitutes, despite what we have all been led to believe all of these years, was a huge shock to me, and another massively emotional aspect to their stories. Hallie Rubenhold has written this book incredibly well. A lot of true crime can read a bit like a case file, but this didn’t feel like that at all. The writing style was gripping and enticing, as well as informative, and I really enjoyed that about it. The author has also been very delicate and respectful with her writing, but in a way that the horrible and upsetting details still manage to pack a punch. Honestly, I think she deserves a round of applause for this book. The Five is a powerful, and heartbreaking read. The author really has given these women their lives back, and I think this book is incredibly important. A true crime book like no other, and one that I would highly recommend to everyone! I give The Five a 4.5 star rating!
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Title: The Dark Forgotten Alleys of History...
Content: Exhaustively researched and well-written, I found this book to be a lively re-telling of life stories otherwise lost beneath the weight of history. All of it brought to vivid realisation and placed within the context of times that could be both remarkable and very hard indeed. In turns I found it fascinating, illuminating and ultimately very poignant. In all the cases the story defies the expectation you may have going in. The scope of it is truly impressive and great efforts have been made to place these lives within the context of the age in which they lived. The story here is less about the grisly end as that is a story widely told elsewhere. Here the common thread if there is any is the precariousness of life for poorer women in an age that was quick to judge and slow to help. The fragility of their place in the world, their social standing, their marital status, or their living arrangements and income are the themes that truly linger for me after reading this book. Placed in the context of their lives, the tragedy is that it could have all been very different were it not for that same fragility. There was nothing inevitable about their end but faced against the norms of an age, it is little wonder they found themselves in a place where no one cared. The bleak threadbare end of existence where the worst things could and indeed did happen. Ripperology is a twisted knot of historiography at the best of times. In telling and re-telling the story, there is a risk of minimising the lives behind the deaths. These women aren't just names on a page, they lived, laughed and wept and we'd do well to remember that. Highly recommended.
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Title: Excellent research, could do without the moralising.
Content: Whether one enjoyed this book or not, it goes without saying that it is amazingly well researched. The author goes to incredible lengths to bring forth details, not only of the five women's lives from birth to death, but from a political and sociological point of view relative to the times. This really set the tone, particularly in the first chapter, to get a proper feel of the era and the five women's place within it. It immerses you so completely in Victorian London that you can almost feel you are in Trafalgar Square with the other hundreds of homeless, can almost sense the political unrest and the charge of desperate, cold and hungry people on the brink of social revolution. I felt this was an ingenious way of introducing the reader...not only to the women, but to their world. I did enjoy the book, very much, however I'm not going to say I agree with everything in it - I didn't. I'm not sure the author, or anyone else, has the right to state, categorically, that all of the five women were killed lying down asleep on the streets, although it's admittedly an interesting theory. Considering the book was written well over a hundred years after the fact, this 'obvious' detail would surely have been picked up nearer the time, or at least alluded to. Although my admiration for the author's attention to detail and exhaustive research skills steadily increased the more I read, I did begin to sense rather a lot of reading between the lines and assuming going on. There are things she just couldn't have known, including people's state of mind and feelings, thought processes leading to make certain decisions. Having said that, I don't deny that it made the book more enjoyable and filled in gaps that might otherwise have left you wondering, even if at times it began to tiptoe over the line more towards fiction. I am by no means a ripperologist and dare say there are many who are far better placed to argue this point than me...but I am struggling with this concept of at least three of the five women not being prostitutes. The author seems to spend an inordinate amount of the book drumming this home and it seems to be that her main reasoning is down to the fact that, in evidence given by friends and family at each of the corinors inquests, none of them state specifically that their friend/family member sold sex for money. But come now, how many friends and loved ones are going to slander a good name, particularly after a horrific and brutal murder, by saying they lived in a way that was considered the most repugnant and amoral of any female of that particular time. It was really the last chapter that lost a star for me. I felt as though she was thoroughly and unnecessarily ticking me off for views that I stand in complete disagreement with, and always have. I agree that women, now or then, should be able to live as equally as men and should not be ostracized for decisions made or lifestyles that have been thrust upon them. She spends page after endless page (particularly that last, long chapter) pontificating on her views that IF any of the canonical five WERE prostitutes, that doesn't mean they should be; treated badly, looked down upon, ostracized, etcetera. But the thing is, I agree. Hallie Rubenhold, I agree! So why do I feel like you're admonishing me so? Having thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the book, I could have done without the moral lecture at the end, giving me a somewhat misplaced sense of shame, and slightly baffled as to why I should feel so. Aside from this, I enjoyed it. It's well written and thought provoking - I really did learn a lot from it, and took much away to think about.
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Title: very interesting
Content: great book about the lives of the women murdered by Jack the Ripper. Not at all as history had projected these unfortunate women. It's a must read if you want to know who these women really were. It doesn't get into the murders, just who these people were. I hope the author writes more books like this about other people that history had cast a negative light on without researching that facts first.
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Title: Una prospettiva nuova su uno dei più famosi casi della storia
Content: Questo libro ribalta decisamente la prospettiva con la quale abbiamo sempre interpretato le vicende di Jack lo Squartatore ripercorrendo le vere vite delle sue vittime. La scrittura è scorrevole, il punto di vista nuovo. Lo consiglio.
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Title: Recommend You Read It
Content: I have been fascinated by Jack the Ripper since I first heard of him many years ago. Who was he? Why did he feel he could commit such horrible crimes? How did he get away with it? What is it that draws so many to his crimes? This book answers none of those really. For that I’m actually happy. In the midst of all my questions about him, I wanted to know more about these women. The prostitutes. As if that is all that mattered. As if it excused what was done to them. As if any of us are just one definable thing. Even as a young teen, I knew there was more to these women. The fact that for so many years that was all they were, murdered prostitutes, heavily influenced my belief that we should be remembering victims rather than the murderers. In my opinion, the author did just that. I am in awe of how much research she had done. Each woman had a life beyond what they were, for centuries, remembered for. They had childhoods. They had family and friends. Life experiences that played a big part in what they became famous for. Life has never been gentle for women. It has made me laugh whenever I would hear woman called, “the weaker sex.” We bear children. We have overcome difficulties that are exhausting just to read of. We have been held back, valued less, yet trusted with the future, (historically who has had the responsibility of child raising and what is the future without children who grow into adults?). But we were the weaker ones. Okay. As I listened, and read, this book, of what a woman’s life was like back then, I admired these “fallen women,” who kept moving forward no matter what they had to do to survive the day. I listened to this book on Audible. It was narrated by Louise Brealey, who did an awesome job. I also read the Kindle book. There were some slight changes in wording that made it difficult to read along as you listen. It was easy, though, to switch between listening and reading. I would recommend the book in either form. It was as fascinating as it was informative. True crime stories can be difficult to listen to. They can also be boring. This book was neither of those. I encourage you to read it and discuss it. It is an excellent book club choice.
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