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Fever A bold mesmerizing novel about the woman known as Typhoid Mary the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever in the early twentieth century by an award winning writer chosen as one of Under

  • Title: Fever
  • Author: Mary Beth Keane
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  • Page: 390
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  • Fever By Mary Beth Keane, A bold, mesmerizing novel about the woman known as Typhoid Mary, the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever in the early twentieth century by an award winning writer chosen as one of 5 Under 35 by the National Book Foundation.Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rA bold, mesmerizing novel about the woman known as Typhoid Mary, the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever in the early twentieth century by an award winning writer chosen as one of 5 Under 35 by the National Book Foundation.Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless medical engineer proposed the inconceivable notion of the asymptomatic carrier and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman In order to keep New York s citizens safe from Mallon, the Department of Health sent her to North Brother Island where she was kept in isolation from 1907 1910 She was released under the condition that she never work as a cook again Yet for Mary spoiled by her status and income and genuinely passionate about cooking most domestic and factory jobs were heinous She defied the edict.Bringing early twentieth century New York alive the neighborhoods, the bars, the park being carved out of upper Manhattan, the emerging skyscrapers, the boat traffic Fever is as fiercely compelling as Typhoid Mary herself, an ambitious retelling of a forgotten life In the hands of Mary Beth Keane, Mary Mallon becomes an extraordinarily dramatic, vexing, sympathetic, uncompromising, and unforgettable character.

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    1. Before you start reading let s see those hands Both sides please You call that clean Are you kidding me I ve seen cleaner hands in mud wrestling Try using soap this time, and I don t want to see anything but skin under those fingernails Go ahead I ll wait A very large foot tap, tap, taps Eyes rise to scan the ceiling A puff of exasperation is emitted waiting Let s see Both sides All right I guess that will have to do Sit down Go ahead.In the East River, between Queens and the Bronx, and within s [...]

    2. The start is superb Candace Thaxton does the narration of the audiobook Her tone perfectly expresses how Typhoid Mary views what is happening to her, both the amazement and incredulity of that which she is accused of and horror as loved ones die Could she be the cause of others deaths when she is so healthy herself And now, on completion, I have to say that I enjoyed every minute spent listening I loved Mary s Irish brogue and the details of life in NYC at the turn of the century even the Titani [...]

    3. Fever is a fascinating novel that mixes historical fact and a fictional narrative to tell the tale of Typhoid Mary , the woman held responsible for several deadly outbreaks of the disease in the US around the turn of the nineteenth century In 1907, Mary Mallon was arrested at the direction of the Department of Health A forty year old, unmarried, Irish immigrant cook she stood accused of spreading Typhoid, a bacterial disease transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the fec [...]

    4. Was Mary Mallone Typhoid Mary a killer or a victim I will admit that there were times throughout this novel that I found myself wanting to strangle her and at other times I wanted to be her advocate and friend I really admired her strong work ethic and fierce independence while questioning her cleanliness in the kitchen double dippinguble yuck.Any novel that evokes these kinds of mixed emotions from me gets high marks stars Well done

    5. 3.5 stars I was intrigued and interested to learn after coming across Mary Beth Keane s fictional rendering, in her novel, Fever, about whose unfortunate life coined the phrase, later let slip so mindlessly from between the lips of ignorant kids Typhoid Mary As children, we didn t understand The intimation was that it meant an impending catastrophe, either in the force of one person or a group I think we may have muddled it with Typhoon , which carried a sense of ominous doom but was hardly rel [...]

    6. Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.It wasn t my intention to start in on New York history, but it appears I m on a little bit of a kick Between Ellen Horan s 31 Bond Street and now Mary Beth Keane s Fever, I am getting quite the education The latter is of course the topic of this review and fair warning, I m going to analyze content here so if that is going to bother you, abandon this review while you can The Big Apple really comes alive under Keane s pen [...]

    7. Typhoid Mary has intrigued me ever since I learned about her, so I was glad to discover this book Unfortunately, the most deadly thing about it is the story Life isn t always drama and suspense, of course, but a reader expects from a fictionalized biography Perhaps the story would have been better told as non fiction, la Henrietta Lacks Or, if the people who dealt with Mallon were as fascinated by her as we still are, this is probably one of those extremely rare stories better told through mult [...]

    8. Typhoid Mary Whether one views her as victim or villain, her story is an amazing one Although admitting to taking historical liberties, Mary Beth Keane portrays Mary Mallon s emotional point of view in Fever Fever isn t a traditional bio fiction novel, as it doesn t follow Mary s life from beginning to end but rather jumps right into the action of her being accused of carrying and spreading Typhoid, her subsequent lock up at a hospital, and her court trial Initially, the novel is somewhat vague [...]

    9. March is Women s History Month and St Patrick s Day is celebrated on March 17th, and Mary Beth Keane s novel Fever, a fictional story about the infamous Typhoid Mary, an Irish immigrant who was blamed for the deaths of over twenty people from typhoid in New York City in the early years of the twentieth century is a perfect read for both.Keane did a great deal of research on Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant who became a cook for wealthy families in New York City Her website contains an amazing tim [...]

    10. I read this title because I m fascinated with tales of diseases, how they spread, and the human stories behind them I didn t really know anything about Mary Mallon going in, other than that she gave a lot of people typhoid and people who come to work with the flu or pinkeye are likely to get called Typhoid Mary But I was hooked by the first few pages and soon was reading this book while brushing my teeth, drying my hair, even while sitting in traffic waiting for a train to pass The setting and t [...]

    11. Fever, by Mary Beth Keane is the story of Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary, the infamous turn of the century cook who lived in New York City and spread typhoid fever in the food she prepared due to a lack of awareness at the time about hand washing, germs, and her status as a healthy carrier of the typhoid bacilli, at a time when the germ theory of disease was still in it s infancy After being hired by a family who suffered an outbreak of the disease, Mary was pursued by George Soper, a civil engin [...]

    12. Fever is a novelisation of the life of Mary Mallon, the famous Typhoid Mary It attempts to dig into why she didn t stop cooking for people despite knowing the risks it also tries to provide her with inner life and give the reader someone human to sympathise with It works relatively well Mary emerges as a hard working woman who doesn t want to believe that something she loves could be making people sick, who struggles with the idea that maybe she is to blame, who has to find a way to get along wi [...]

    13. Reading about Mary Mallon, you feel the injustice that was done to her Yet, if it were my child or relative that died, I certainly would feel differently She was stripped of her life, literally, and put on an island in the Hudson River, North Brother Island Left with very little contact, to the outside world How could they do that to her Written up in the press as Germ Lady, Typhoid Mary Yet a dairyman who also is a carrier of the germ, is allowed to stay at home He killed over a hundred people [...]

    14. I love historic novels and this is easily one of the best I ve read In many ways it s a page turning mystery thriller but not at all in the typical sense It s a ride through time, but goes deeper into the personal habits, daily routines and the inner psyche than most historic novels not in a sinister way which is common for this genre, but in a way that s sympathetic to the people swept up in circumstances of the day It s told in a deeply familiar, personal, strong inner voice about a woman but [...]

    15. Well written, Mary s life was definitely well researched but I think I expected a wider view from this novel It really does mainly center on just Mary s life and not on the medical research or overall typhoid picture in any detail In our present day, she probably would have not been arrested and treated as she did and I did feel sorry for her in places She had such a hard time grasping that she could ever be a carrier without being sick herself She was not a very likable figure and unfortunately [...]

    16. So interesting Highly recommend I remember vaguely hearing of Typhoid Mary , but never really knew her story.Mary Beth Keane does an amazing job of combining fact and fiction, bringing Mary Mallon s story to life I was a little nervous that the facts wouldn t be there, but they were.I was fascinated by the story of Mary Mallon Her life on North Brother Island, in NYC, where she was quarantined until her death in 1938 I had never even realized such an island existed I researched it a bit , after [...]

    17. A compelling blend of fact and fiction that creates an unforgettable story.I didn t particularly like Mary I thought her stuck up and heartless lacking in remorse for the sickness and deaths she caused I skimmed through the chapters about Alfred in the aftermath of his accident He was an unlikeable character and I had no interest in, or sympathy for, his battles with alcoholism and drug dependency.Not liking the two main characters in no way affected my enjoyment of the book, however It was well [...]

    18. This is a fascinating but sad story of Mary Mallon, popularly known as Typhoid Mary, thought to be responsible for infecting dozens of people with typhoid although she showed no sign of the sickness herself As a cook for multiple families, it was thought Mary spread this contagion via the food she cooked Mary ends up being taken by force, isolated, prodded, tested, and treated like an outcast The health department of the times went well outside of what are normal boundaries today Although it is [...]

    19. Awesome, awesome book Kind of surprised that I grew to like this read so much but I saw myself siding with Mary Mallon and her antics Felt sorry for her at times, but surprisingly she doesn t ever feel sorry for herself despite the tragic figure she becomes.5 stars all the way.

    20. Mary Beth Keane paints the portrait of Mary Mallon in an amazing, heart wrenching story that delivers her life and struggles in a graceful flow of words that will captivate your very soul and open your eyes to another side of this negatively plagued Typhoid Mary, as she was called Mary Mallon was a brave young woman when she left her home in Ireland to seek a new life in America New York was far from what she imagined It was filthy with horse manure, trash, and the stench of decay, but she was d [...]

    21. 3.5 stars It was really good.Very well written historical fiction novel based on the life of Typhoid Mary, who was the first person found to be a carrier of Typhoid fever, immune herself to the disease The book reads easily with a nice pace and never gets bogged down with too much clinical or historical detail.It s hard to imagine a healthy and robust person being forcibly quarantined, sacrificing their own freedom and quality of life in an effort to protect others Is it ethically just The first [...]

    22. One of the genres that is gaining popularity and attention is the fictionalized biography, a novel retelling of the information that history does actually remember about notable people and events In Fever Simon Schuster , Mary Beth Keane has done a heart wrenching job of completely humanizing one of the names that history doesn t always remember fondly Typhoid Mary.Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant who worked her way up through domestic service to the coveted position of cook to some of the wealth [...]

    23. Few people recognize the name Mary Mallon, but virtually everyone knows of Typhoid Mary This is her story.Keane does a fine job with this work of historical fiction Her Mary is at once sympathetic and infuriating A strong willed Irish immigrant who takes great pride in her cooking with good reason and who needs to work to support herself and her man, Mary feels attacked and persecuted when she s told she is making her employers sick and must stop cooking for a living Mary is a woman trapped by b [...]

    24. This story was enjoyable and a fast read It was a fictitious account of Typhoid Mary and early 20th century New York City.I liked reading about The City in its early 20th century splendour There is also a darker side to this story, but I won t say what it is because I don t want to spoil it.So if you are in the mood for some short historical fiction give this book a go.

    25. Where I got the book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.This is the story of Mary Mallon, aka the Typhoid Mary who was accused of willfully passing typhoid to New York families for whom she cooked in the early decades of the 1900s It s a set the record straight story, told essentially from Mary s point of view, and therefore sympathetic to her.Pretty interesting story, on the whole Keane tries to encapsulate Mary s character in the account, and that in fact made it a bit harder for me [...]

    26. To me, this novel was a perfect example of what historical fiction at its best can do The story of Mary Mallon, a.k.a Typhoid Mary, is a fascinating one Mallon, an Irish cook, was identified as an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid in 1890s New York She was taken away from life as she knew it and imprisoned on a tiny island in the East River, despite the fact that there were other typhoid carriers and no hard proof that she d infected anyone Released several years later on condition she wouldn t co [...]

    27. This book was a very different perspective on a well known event and presented another side of Mary Mallon, a woman vilified even today as Typhoid Mary It took something that is seemingly black and white, the fact that Mary Mallon went back to cooking after she was explicitly told that she could not and it was the manner in which she was transmitting Typhoid and colored it with a new angle The book is predicated on the idea that Mary simply could not did not believe that she could be transmittin [...]

    28. I knew very little about the person who received the moniker Typhoid Mary Very interesting bit of history I was aghast about how she was treated and for how long she had to live a relatively isolated life Of course, we didn t know much about the germ theory transmission of disease, and any cures at that time Public health was at risk, quite a dilemma It got 3 stars instead of four because I didn t like the way the author unfolded the story, too many abrupt changes in time and character focus.

    29. As another reader mentioned, this was definitely fascinating Never knew too much about Mary Mallon except that she was a notorious spreader of The Typhoid In this novel Mary also had a life filled with dreams, expectations, love and determination I thought it was a compelling read, especially the way her trial played out.

    30. Very well written and the author had a way of making me see the New York of that time I found that most of the time I didn t like the main character She was selfish and obstinate and I wished I could shake some sense into her

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