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The Damask Days
The Damask Days
Author: Evelyn Hood
Christian Knox is a girl who dreams -- of a life beyond that of a Paisley housewife, of a world of learning beyond her Ladies' School, of possibilities her father dismisses as "daft ideas". But Christian is determined, and when her father refuses to finance her further education, she resolves to pay for it herself, by working as a tambourer, em...  more »
ISBN: 132499
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 375
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Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
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I found this book to be a fascinating piece of historical fiction. The story begins in 1784 and continues for the next 15 years or so, following the career of a young girl who originally enters the weaving trade in Paisley, Scotland to finance additional schooling for herself. That falls by the wayside as she discovers a talent and a passion for her trade. The book follows her career to its zenith as a manufacturer of "paisley" shawls. It portrays the place of women, the poor, and the working man in society and their challenges. The moment I picked up this book I was hooked and found it a most interesting read.
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A good historical fiction story of a strong willed young woman involved in the Scottish weaving trade. While the plot is somewhat predictable and the characters a bit flat, the female protagonist is strong and the details of the weaving process keep things interesting.
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