OUR KATE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL BY CATHERINE COOKSON (BOOK REVIEW)
I sang praises to this novel, but I distinctly remember being profoundly sad when I finished it. I suppose that it also speaks for the author's writing prowess for making me feel so deeply about her story. I felt really sorry for Catherine reading about the mental breakdown she went through. It felt really unfair that she she suffer so much mentally after being strong for everyone for so long, after working so incredibly hard all her life. However, when I read about how sharing her experience helped others, I felt a little better. To share her experiences back in those days when mental illness was strictly taboo, that was an incredibly brave move on Catherine Cookson's part. I don't think younger generations understand how stoic the British who survived the first and the second world world were and in some cases still are. They were a generation that suffered much and didn't have the liberty to express it. I suppose we should consider ourselves lucky that in these days so much more is known about mental illnesses and the stigma is not as hard as it once was. It was painful to read about Catherine's experiences in the hospital she was treated in. As sad as I felt finishing this book, with time this feeling changed and I realized how inspiring this story truly is. As I said, I really hope this wonderful woman found the piece she deserved. I for one am really happy I learned about this author. It is always great when you find a new author whose writing style suits you. I've pretty much been a bookworm all my life, but it never gets old, the thrill of finding a new writer you can connect with. It feels like finding a kindred soul at times.