↠ The White Bird Passes || ☆ PDF Read by Ó Jessie Kesson

By Jessie Kesson | Comments: ( 214 ) | Date: ( Mar 31, 2020 )

Set in the backstreets of Elgin in the 1920s, this is the story of a young girl growing up in the Lane Poor, crowded and dirty, but full of life and excitement, the Lane is the only home Janie MacVean has ever known It is a place where, despite everything, Janie is happy But when the Cruelty Man arrives, bringing with him the threat of the dreaded home , the orphanagSet in the backstreets of Elgin in the 1920s, this is the story of a young girl growing up in the Lane Poor, crowded and dirty, but full of life and excitement, the Lane is the only home Janie MacVean has ever known It is a place where, despite everything, Janie is happy But when the Cruelty Man arrives, bringing with him the threat of the dreaded home , the orphanage that is every child s nightmare, Janie s contented childhood seems to be at an end.


  • Title: The White Bird Passes
  • Author: Jessie Kesson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Jessie Kesson

Jessie Kesson, born Jessie Grant McDonald, was a Scottish novelist, playwright and radio producer Her first published story was in The People s Friend in the 1930s She moved to London in 1949 and, while working in a variety of other jobs, began writing radio plays for the BBC Much of her work has been autobiographical, capturing the speech and landscape of the north east of Scotland, and evoking the inter war years Her novels include The White Bird Passes 1958 , which tells of her destitute early years Glitter of Mica 1963 , set in the farming communities of Aberdeenshire and Another Time, Another Place 1983 , describing the effect on those communities of the arrival of Italian prisoners of war in the 1940s A collection of short stories, Where the Apple Ripens, was published in 1985, and her work has been adapted for television and the cinema jrank literature pages



Comments The White Bird Passes

  • Paul

    One of the best evocations of childhood I have ever read. It is autobiographical, heartbreaking and why, oh why haven’t I heard of or read Jessie Kesson before? Her biography; well, born in 1916 Jessie Kesson was Scottish and born in Inverness in the workhouse. She never knew her father and was brought up in by her beloved mother. Her early childhood was spent avoiding the rent man and the Cruelty Inspector (who had the power to remove children to the orphanage if they were being neglected). K [...]


  • Fiona

    All the the things I know, she taught me, God. The good things, I mean. She could make the cherry trees bloom above Dean's Ford, even when it was winter. Hidden birds betrayed their names the instant she heard their song. She gave the nameless little rivers high hill sources and deep sea endings. She put a singing seal in Loch Na Boune and a lament on the long, lonely winds. She saw a legend in the canna flowers and a plough amongst the stars.Janie adored her mother despite her failings and desp [...]


  • Rowenah

    Really enjoyed this book of life in northern Scotland (Elgin) in the, well it doesn't say but I imagine sometime in the 1920s or 1930s. Very unflinching and actually kind of shocking to read the descriptions of a prostitute's lane and the rough life, complete with women swearing and leathering each other until blood spilt, all from a child's point of view, especially considering this was written in 1958. The child is Janie, who talks about her life in the lane with her mother from an 8 year old' [...]


  • Peggy

    This edition has an eight page introduction to this book. The book is way too short. Although in the short telling of this very large tale, you meet a lovely strong girl with such exuberance for life in-spite of her very hard life. Beautiful clear descriptions of the slums she called home and the people who were her neighbors. At 8 years old she is removed from her mother's care and sent to an orphanage where she lives until she is 16. Her grandparents are middle class people with a nice home an [...]


  • Jim

    The writing brought vividness to the scenes in the Lane and the Orphanage, indeed throughout. It tells the story of a young girl in a life of unnecessary deprivation at risk of being whisked away from her mother by the authorities and placed in a Home. I imagine it would be quite shocking in 1958 when it was written. This autobiographical novel grants a description of a wonderful young individual whose future is restricted by her position in society rather than by her talents and good character. [...]


  • Mandy

    This short autobiographical novel is the story of young Janie MacVean growing up in poverty in the backstreets of a Scottish city in the 1920s. It’s a stark and vivid portrayal of her life and times, but we have becomes perhaps inured to such misery memoirs and I don’t think this one adds anything new to the genre. Lyrically written and often moving when Janie fails to understand the world around her, it’s engaging and gentle for the most part, and well worth reading.


  • Louise

    Short and sweet.Felt a bit thrown in at the deep end with names,phrases,people and places,mentioned in a way that made me feel I'd missed a book.However,once I got over that,it was bright,full of charm and colourful characters.Janie is a great character.


  • Matthew Cole

    I'm probably predisposed to liking this - she went to the same primary school as I did. But I did like it, she created very vivid images and characters. The narrative voice was confusing at times though.


  • Allison M

    I received this book for free from NetGalley.This is a fine book by Jessie Kesson in which she fictionalises and reworks her childhood into a magical, moving novel. Set in Elgin and Skene in Scotland in the 1920s, we are shown the poverty and chaos of young Janie MacVean's life - conversely, we also see the rough, close warmth of her community and the sunny moments in Janie's relationship with her mother. This book tackles large issues through a child's eyes and it is beautifully done. And Janie [...]


  • Sue Christie

    Amazing book. Haunting and atmospheric, it will stay with me long after I have finished it. In less than one hundred years the world that changes almost entirely. Janie McVean is a character I won’t ever forget.


  • Lesley

    Another book group read, a good one for that post-Christmas lethargy. The author paints a vivid picture of her childhood home and amazingly, the orphanage is still standing, not too many miles from where I live. She hurries over her time in the orphanage, which in reality was half of her young life by the time she left it at 16. Having re-read a Tree Grows in Brooklyn last year, it's interesting to note the similarities of those living in poverty and the same bonds that support them and keep the [...]


  • Sian

    I can understand why this author is championed by other giants such as Ali Smith and Robert McFarlane. I grew up around Elgin and Aberdeenshire, and although this social class and time period was something unfamiliar to my childhood, the language is lovingly familiar, as is the affection with which she treats the local characters. The passage in which Janie defends her mother to God was indescribably beautiful and almost had me in tears.


  • Morgan

    I like the simplicity of story which was entwined with lots of detail and edge. The protagonist's future seemed hopeful but still there was an uncertainty of situations both past and present - what will happen to her mother? the wealth and prestige of her grandparents is unexplained?An easy read but also easy to miss detail and intimacy which explains more of the character's life.


  • J.U. Flint

    I really liked this book. It is well-written, and almost poetic in places. The story is sad and I found it quite moving. I think that its poignancy is increased due to the fact it is autobiographical.


  • Kenneth

    I didn't like it.


  • Maureen Kenyon

    Wonderful, simply written but the reader enters the world of Janie and the residents of the Lane.


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