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Madwoman: Nellie Bly

Madwoman: Nellie Bly

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Bound and determined to do whatever it takes, she pitches an idea that may be the craziest thing anyone has ever heard. Patients were ill-fed, regularly subjected to torture by the untrained staff, and received very little, if any therapeutic care. The Blackwell's Island "stunt" is her attempt to make her mark, for Nellie herself is on her uppers, almost penniless and shut out of the male sanctums of the city's papers. The story is based on a true one of Nellie Bly who was an amazing figure in her time,breaking boundaries and faking insanity to expose the harrowing lives of women ( and men ) who were incarcerated in horrific conditions accused of being insane. If you are someone who does not mind being explicitly told what the message is, give this book a go!

An extraordinary portrait of a woman way ahead of her time, Madwoman is the story of a quest for the truth that changed the world. Madwoman by Louisa Treger is a historical fiction novel, set in the late 19th century America, and it’s based on a true story.This book shows how her desperation and perseverance in a male dominated field led her to become a patient at the Infamous Blackwell Asylum. She starts writing more hard hitting pieces about things that really matter and rankles a few feathers along the way. The headstrong protagonist and paced speed in which she navigates New York in the 1880’s felt very refreshing to read.

Since my college journalism days I’ve been fascinated by the role of women in investigative journalism, including Ida Tarbell and Nellie Bly.While the asylum housed women with genuine mental illnesses, it also served as a convenient way for men to rid themselves of problematic wives, sisters, and mothers. Her dream of a career in law lies in tatters, her mother’s second marriage is a disaster but all these experiences will shape her character and her future. A fascinating read' HAZEL GAYNOR'Remarkable' ESSIE FOX'An astonishing tour de force' REBECCA MASCULLIn 1887 young Nellie Bly sets out for New York and a career in journalism, determined to make her way as a serious reporter, whatever that may take. She captures his attention with a dare-devil idea of pretending to be a madwoman and report about the asylum on the Blackwell’s island, known for the highest mortality rate, where proper investigation of conditions is needed.

I would have liked hearing about her family life if it weren't for the way the narrator treated me like I was stupid and had to be explicitly told what I should think about women not being allowed to wear pants or ride horses standing up.Down to her last dime and desperate to prove her worth, she comes up with a dangerous plan: to fake insanity and have herself committed to the asylum that looms on Blackwell's Island. Nellie Bly is a fascinating historical figure who I knew shamefully little about: a brave pioneer of investigative journalism way ahead of her time. One quickly realises how high the stakes were for Nellie and how ingrained the ill-treatment of inmates was.

Though all of the information presented was informative, and I love historical fiction, I didn’t discover anything that made this stand out. Down to her last dime and desperate to prove her worth, she comes up with a dangerous plan: to fake insanity and have herself committed to the asylum on Blackwell's Island. D. in English at University College London, where she focused on early-twentieth-century women's writing and was awarded the West Scholarship 'for distinguished work in the study of English Language and Literature. She witnessed her mum being abused by her second husband and so that makes her all the more determined to stand up for herself and stand out.Nellie was determined to make her mark on history, and her stories of cruelty and abuse at The Blackwell Island asylum are terrifying and heartbreaking. Nellie Bly was a remarkable woman, smart, brave and resourceful, her exposé of Blackwell’s Island Asylum led to important reforms, though the institution was closed seven years later. This is the kind of novel that makes you want to jump on the internet and find out a whole lot more about everything you’ve just read. Thus, she is encouraged to form her own opinions and later to gather information for him as she has a knack for asking the right questions.



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