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The Rebellion of Margaret by Geraldine Mockler is a thought-provoking and deeply moving coming-of-age story that delves into important themes such as identity, womanhood, and societal expectations. Set in the early 20th century, the novel follows the journey of Margaret Sullivan, a young Irish woman who strives to break free from traditional gender roles and societal norms.

From the very beginning, Mockler captivates readers with her exquisite storytelling and rich descriptive language. The vivid descriptions of rural Ireland not only transport readers into the setting but also serve as a backdrop for Margaret's internal struggle. Mockler masterfully weaves in historical details, providing a nuanced understanding of the era and the societal restrictions placed upon women at the time.

Margaret emerges as a complex and relatable protagonist who rebels against the expectations placed upon her. Amidst a backdrop of a patriarchal society, she yearns for independence, education, and the freedom to pursue her dreams. Mockler portrays Margaret's journey with sensitivity and allows her character to evolve organically throughout the narrative.

One of the strengths of this novel lies in Mockler's ability to create a host of well-developed secondary characters. Margaret's interactions with her family, friends, and love interests add depth and ensure that each relationship serves a purpose within the story. These characters not only aid in portraying the complexities of Margaret's journey but also provide a wider sociocultural context for her rebellion.

Additionally, Mockler intertwines historical events and social movements of the time seamlessly into the narrative. As Margaret becomes more politically aware, her navigation through the suffragette movement and Irish independence movement serves as a reflection of broader societal changes. These historical threads serve to ground the narrative in a genuine sense of time and place.

The Rebellion of Margaret tackles significant themes with a deft hand, exploring topics of gender inequality, national identity, and the power of personal choice. Mockler's writing is powerful and evocative, allowing readers to empathize with Margaret's struggles and triumphs. The thought-provoking nature of this novel lingers long after the final page is turned.

While most of the novel is engaging and compelling, there are moments where the pacing slows down, and some scenes could have been trimmed to maintain the story's momentum. Additionally, certain subplots and secondary characters could have been further developed to enhance the overall depth of the narrative.

Despite these minor shortcomings, The Rebellion of Margaret is an engrossing novel that offers a compelling exploration of feminist themes against a historical backdrop. Mockler's storytelling prowess and her ability to depict the complexities of female identity make this a poignant and inspiring read. This book will undoubtedly resonate with readers who enjoy historical fiction, feminist literature, or thought-provoking coming-of-age stories. Overall, The Rebellion of Margaret is a remarkable debut novel that solidifies Geraldine Mockler as a talented and promising author.

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LONDON JARROLD & SONS, 10 & 11, Warwick Lane, E.C.



I. Margaret's Dream Friend

II. Margaret overhears a Conversation

III. Margaret starts on a Journey

IV. Margaret makes a Friend

V. Eleanor Carson

VI. Margaret and Eleanor change Names

VII. Mrs. Murray meets the Train

VIII. Maud Danvers

IX. The Danvers Family

X. Eleanor at Windy Gap

XI. A Practical Joke

XII. Eleanor meets Margaret's Aunt

XIII. Hilary turns Detective

XIV. The Hour of Reckoning

XV. An Unexpected Visitor

XVI. Conclusion


"Margaret!" said the Old Man, breaking into speech at last, and in a very harsh voice: "What Folly is this?"

"I am going for a Walk into the Town," she said, shyly

Maud swung round and saw Margaret standing with a Pile of Letters by her Mother's Chair

Eleanor turned to the Piano, and ran her Fingers Lightly over the Keys

"That Girl," pointing a lean, accusing Finger at Eleanor, "is not my Granddaughter Margaret"



"Margaret Anstruther! Margaret Anstruther! Margaret Anstruther!"

It was a sultry afternoon in early July... Continue reading book >>

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