Wynfield's Kingdom

A Tale of the London Slums Welcome to 1830s Bermondsey, London s most notorious slum, a land of gang wars, freak shows, and home to every depravity known to man Dr Thomas Grant, a disgraced physician, adopts Wynfield, a ten year old thief savagely battered by a gang leader for insubordination The boy grows up to be a slender, idealistic opium addict who worships VictorA Tale of the London Slums Welcome to 1830s Bermondsey, London s most notorious slum, a land of gang wars, freak shows, and home to every depravity known to man Dr Thomas Grant, a disgraced physician, adopts Wynfield, a ten year old thief savagely battered by a gang leader for insubordination The boy grows up to be a slender, idealistic opium addict who worships Victor Hugo By day he steals and resells guns from a weapons factory By night he amuses filthy crowds with his adolescent girlfriend a fragile witch with wolfish eyes Wynfield senses that he has a purpose outside of his rat infested kingdom buthe never guesses that he had been selected at birth to topple the British aristocracy Neary writes with unbelievable power, yet never loses her sense of emotional insight Wynfield s Kingdom is truly an extraordinary first novel
Wynfield s Kingdom A Tale of the London Slums Welcome to s Bermondsey London s most notorious slum a land of gang wars freak shows and home to every depravity known to man Dr Thomas Grant a disgraced physician

  • Title: Wynfield's Kingdom
  • Author: Marina Julia Neary
  • ISBN: 9781934757994
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Novels should have more than good plots. They should have meaningful themes interweaved reflecting on problems humanity faces. I don’t read fluffy romances or cat mysteries. Thank you, author Neary, for writing an excellent one that is more than fluff…a lot more! The British aristocracy and government never historically promoted slavery per se, but they exploited other ethnic groups in their colonies and allowed the latter to exploit them and have slaves. And Britain effectively exploited th [...]

    2. This was the highest rated book on my to-read list, so I felt pretty confident in my choice. But, of course, ratings mean very little, as I have come to realize yet again. For this book did very little for me. I did not care for the protagonists, nor the plot, and not even for the locale (the slums of 19th century London), which, by all means, should have been fascinating.It took me a year to finish this book, and the only reason I did so was that I hate to give up on even the worst of the worst [...]

    3. Wynfield's Kingdom by Marina Julia Neary is a dark historical novel set from 1830, Victorian England. Dr. Thomas Grant, a newly qualified young physician from Cambridge, is relieved of his position in the household of a nobleman; he also is relieved of his license to practice medicine.Marina Julia Neary creates her characters with much allure; she describes Dr. Thomas Grant:There was nothing in his demeanor that would inspire suspicion, no distracting gestures or eccentric habits. One would expe [...]

    4. Wynfield's Kingdom is subtitled A Tale of the London Slums, which is true for most of the book, but the novel also presents an interesting look at the upper classes in nineteenth century England. Wynfield is introduced to readers as a young orphan, who has been viciously beaten by members of a local gang. He had been a member of that gang, but had turned on them for a number of reasons, including his desire to save a little girl. This frail girl had been selected by the leader of the gang to be [...]

    5. A tale of a wild child orphan in a mid-Victorian London slum with all its depravity and vice morphs into sorrowful victory of spirit and a surprising course of events. Love, as dysfunctional as it can be, is still passionate and real amongst the characters, especially between Wynfield, the desperate orphan who grows into an idealistic, thieving gang leader, lover of Victor Hugo, and his Diana, the bitter other-worldly, witch of a girl he saved when she was a baby. Their love is tragic, but palpa [...]

    6. WYNFIELD'S KINGDOM is a dark novel about the slums of Victorian England. The plight of abandoned children, orphans, and women, hunger, exploitation, depravity, and the horrendous dire circumstances of the lower classes is explored in this gripping, Dickens-like novel. At the heart of the novel are two main characters, Wynfield and Diana, both who respond in vastly different manners to their past sufferings and current dilemmas. The author writes with vivid candidness, her characters compelling, [...]

    7. How do you react when the chips are down? Can you remain optimistic or do you feel as if your life is ending? How we deal with adversity shows a great deal about our character. Wynfield has been dealt a harsh hand in life, yet he is able to rise above it all while his girlfriend struggles day to day with the heaviness of life.Reading Wynfield’s Kingdom gave me a new appreciation for the life and times of the Victorian Era. Gritty and hard, the novel takes us down into the dank underbelly of Vi [...]

    8. This dark and complex story, set in the underbelly of Victorian London, relentlessly pulls the reader into a time and place that is seldom comfortable, but always compelling. Original, gritty, inventive, suspenseful, challenging – this is not a light read, but it is a rewarding one. Neary's characters are real people, damaged by circumstances but struggling to survive against all odds. The reader knows from the outset that life will never be sweetness and light for these characters, but that o [...]

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