Memories of a Catholic Girlhood



Memories of a Catholic Girlhood 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. New Download Memories of a Catholic Girlhood [ by ] Mary McCarthy [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – oldtimertips.us

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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
  • Mary McCarthy
  • English
  • 21 December 2018
  • 009928345X

11 thoughts on “Memories of a Catholic Girlhood

  1. Teresa says:

    RereadI first read this book in the early 80s in a university course on autobiography We read works that traced the history of the genre and ended with this book I remember reading Rousseau and enjoying him immensely, but I remember this most of all, perhaps because I was young and it spoke to some of my own experiences The only paper we wrote for the class was our own autobiography Though I no longer have the paper that s another story , I remember it distinctly Each of my siblings I RereadI first read this book in the early 80s in a university course on autobiography We read works that traced the history of the genre and ended with this book I remember reading Rousseau and enjoying him immensely, but I remember this most of all, perhaps because I was young and it spoke to some of my own experiences The only paper we wrote for the class was our own autobiography Though I no longer have the paper that s another story , I remember it distinctly Each of my siblings I have five was the focus of a chapter and the professor com...

  2. Sue says:

    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 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 her odyssey in search of herself and her place in her family families.The story is presented in somewhat fictionalized flashbacks, ...

  3. Catherine says:

    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 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 animated in turn.What makes this collection fascinating is not the essays but the analysis that follows each one Each essay was written f...

  4. Stephanie says:

    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 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 faith without ever offending or mocking others.McCarthy finds a careful balance between sharing her personal story of life after her parents died during the flu epidemic in the first quarter of the 1900s and talking about the pivotal moment when she went from devout Catholic to atheist.I found it very interesting and extremely well written She wrote this autobiography in the 1950s well into adulthood I enjoyed the italicized parts at the end of each chapter e...

  5. Leslie says:

    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 tr...

  6. Alan says:

    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 sa famille, and with Cambodian bow for the hunt over the fireplace, bow windows over 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 Let...

  7. Courtney says:

    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 we...

  8. Cheryl says:

    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 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...

  9. Mary says:

    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 la...

  10. Vikk Simmons says:

    Well, all I can say is thank heavens I am finished with this book I ll be writinglater but I found this to be a difficult read with a confirmed unreliable narrator It is difficult to keep going when you q...

  11. Frederick says:

    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 magazinesthan ten years before Inasmuch as McCarthy stresses throughout the book that she is an atheist, a 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 magazinesthan ten years before Inasmuch as McCarthy stresses throughout the book that she is an atheist, a reader in 2015 must bear in mind that in the mid twentieth century, a serious declaration of atheism brought with it a lot of social condemnation Mary McCarthy showed considerable bravery in making this public statement.Remember that Mark Twain, who died only thirty years before the first sections of this book appeared in THE NEW YORKER, kept his expressions of atheism confined to his diary Bear in mind that the iconoclastic newspaperman...

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