James Miranda Barry

James Miranda Barry At the turn of the th century James Miranda Barry enrolled as a medical student in Edinburgh the start of a glorious career as a military surgeon famed as a physician duellist and social figure

  • Title: James Miranda Barry
  • Author: Patricia Duncker
  • ISBN: 9780330371698
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the turn of the 19th century, James Miranda Barry enrolled as a medical student in Edinburgh, the start of a glorious career as a military surgeon, famed as a physician, duellist and social figure But James Miranda Barry was also a woman, who passed as a man for over 50 years.

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    1. A fictionalised account of the life of Dr James Miranda Barry, who is thought to have been a woman - it's certainly told that way here, though the historical note sensitively draws no conclusions about the gender of someone who cannot speak for themselves. Duncker imagines circumstances which might have allowed the boyish daughter of a woman disillusioned by her own wifely life experience to have been given independence and a breadth of opportunity only by living (disguised?) as a man; a harsh c [...]

    2. 'James Miranda Barry' is a fictionalised account of the life of a real figure, a girl who grew up to be a man and lived as a well-known doctor. I haven't read his actual biography, but Duncker's afterword reveals that she deviated quite considerably from known facts in this novel. Most notably, she creates a lifelong friend and love for Barry, in the form of Alice Jones. Alice is the most vivid character in the novel and it made me sad to think that Barry had no such comrade and confidante in re [...]

    3. First things first: this novel is only very thinly based on the life of James Barry. Names, places, even the time line of the man's life has been altered, so please don't go into reading it as a factual sort of book. Inbetween the jarring switches of narrative (sometimes changing within paragraphs) and the puzzling motives of the protagonist, I did struggle somewhat- some of the characters were fantastic, and there were a fair few movie moments where Duncker managed to write some wonderful drama [...]

    4. Alright, the book started off a little slow. Slow isn't the right word here. Okay, I didn't sink my teeth into it right from the beginning. I didn't get into it. Once it got going, it also got confusing. The story-telling here is a little allovertheplace. Alot, actually. So then I had to make myself get into it. "Focus!" I'm glad I did because that's when it got good. I found I liked the protagonist and many of the other characters and I wanted to know where it all was heading. The ending saved [...]

    5. For me, this book was very much about freedom and how gender, race, and social class affect what choices you can make, what careers you may pursue, and who you may become. I never fell in love with the character of James Miranda Barry, while I was fascinated with his life. I was left wanting more, perhaps knowing what he most desired towards the end of his life. I thought the author was going there at the end, but could've given me more.

    6. I liked the story after about the first 3rd of the book. I prefer books that get my attention from the beginning, this one took a little while. However, it was worth it in the end. A novel constructed around a real person whose actual life created rumors that the author used to create an interesting possibility/novel.

    7. The premise of this book caught my attention--a girl raised as a boy so that she could attend school and become a doctor. However, the flowery style of language that the book was written in was very distracting to me. I would've preferred a more straightforward story.

    8. It gets off to a very bad start, the first chapter is written from the perspective of a child in the 19th century but the observations and language read more like the thoughts of a modern, middle-aged fan of television movies. Later in the book a fourteen-year-old “bites a new friend playfully on the nose" (REALLY). I suspect the author filled the pages with maddening anachronisms, clichés galore and florid phrasing on purpose; I just never understood why. She is apparently talented and there [...]

    9. Can't say I liked this one. Never got a feel for "James"- the characters around "him" seemed more real and interesting. The writing style was not terribly involving. Fairly good sense of the time period but I was not always clear on the specifics of when and where we were within the story. I had not realized that students started medical studies, including dissection, at such a young age- 10!! Not a book I would recommend.

    10. Novel on the life of James Miranda Barry. I appreciate that the author disclosed her changes to the historical record, but I wish that she had worked within it. Still, interesting.

    11. i think i'm going to start sending patricia duncker fan mail. this didn't get inside me the way that "hallucinating foucault" continues to, but what a remarkable story and story-teller.

    12. A truly amazing story of an unusual physician! I wish I could obtain this book in hardback. It is one that I know I will read repeatedly!

    13. A wonderfully imagined biography of a women who lived her live as a male doctor in the early 19th century. Rich and dense story telling of the most interesing kind.

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