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Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs, Book 6) (edition 2009)

by Jacqueline Winspear

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Title:Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs, Book 6)
Authors:Jacqueline Winspear
Info:Picador (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 336 pages
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This series just doesn't captivate me. Tried reading this at the gleneden beach house (there are 7 of the series here) but just doesn't do it for me. Read 100 pgs. On paper it has everything that I should love, set n England, during the 30's, but it's lacking something. ( )
  anglophile65 | May 23, 2017 |
I didn't enjoy this Maisie Dobbs as much as previous books. Ms. Winspear loves to dwell on the casualties of war, especially from the Great War, but this book seems to dwell a little too much. And there is no clear resolution to the case either, so that detracts from it considerably. In this book Maisie finds herself working with Special Branch and Section 5 and there's a little more espionage in this one than previously. Her group is trying to uncover a particularly sadistic killer who has nothing left to live for, and doesn't care what happens to him. The book is set around Christmas in 1931. It's a particularly gloomy Christmas season in London that year and the tone of that is reflected in this book. I just wish that Maisie would lighten up a wee bit. It would make the books much more enjoyable. ( )
  Romonko | Dec 22, 2016 |
This series has really grown on me. I enjoyed this one. As usual the plot comes from the consequences of the First World War but it sadly has resonance for now too. A lot less time is spent on description of clothing which improves the writing no end and Maisie is changing and leaving her grief behind. ( )
  infjsarah | Oct 1, 2016 |
2009, MacMillan Audio, Read by Orlagh Cassidy

Publisher’s Summary:
It's Christmas Eve 1931. On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street. The following day, the prime minister's office receives a letter threatening a massive loss of life if certain demands are not met – and the writer mentions Maisie by name. After being questioned and cleared by Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane of Scotland Yard's elite Special Branch, she is drawn into MacFarlane's personal fiefdom as a special adviser on the case.

Meanwhile, Billy Beale, Maisie's trusted assistant, is once again facing tragedy as his wife, who has never recovered from the death of their young daughter, slips further into melancholia's abyss. Soon Maisie becomes involved in a race against time to find a man who proves he has the knowledge and will to inflict death and destruction on thousands of innocent people.

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Among the Mad is perhaps the best of the Maisie Dobbs novels I’ve read to date. These just keep getting better! The novel looks in depth at the devastating lifelong effects of war on the psyche as well as the body, and at some of the horrid chemical gases used in combat to obliterate human life. Stephen Oliver is one such brilliant mind, employed in the war for his scientific knowledge, but all but destroyed by what he witnessed. Too, the novel looks at the treatment of the mentally ill through Billy Beale’s wife’s malaise since the death of their young daughter – Doreen’s experiences illustrate some of the inhumane treatments employed to shock those suffering from melancholia back into reality. And it is a pleasure to observe Maisie, working with Scotland Yard as well as the Secret Service, hold her own in a man’s world. Highly recommended! ( )
1 vote lit_chick | Sep 1, 2016 |
Among the Mad- by Jacqueline Winspear
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This is the latest installment of the Maise Dobbs mystery series. Maise becomes involved in the search for a dangerous terrorist who threatens London. Once again, the plot revolves around veterans of WWI and the continuing devastating consequences of that war. This was, I think, the most complex of the books in this series so far. Maise finds the criminal as expected, but there is a twist in the final resolution that kept me interested.

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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
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Like Maisie, the novel’s storytelling style is efficient and humorless, but deeply empathetic.

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"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat. "We're all mad here.
I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

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A short time ago death was the cruel stranger, the visitor with the flannel footsteps ... today it is the mad dog in the house. One eats, one drinks beside the dead, one sleeps in the midst of the dying, one laughs and sings in the company of corpses.

French doctor serving at Verdun in the Great War
Dedicated to my wonderful Godchildren:

Charlotte Sweet McEwan
Charlotte Pye
Greg Belpomme
Alexandra Jones

Keep True to the Dreams of thy Youth
~ Friedrich von Schiller
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London, Christmas Eve, 1931

Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Investigator, picked up her fountain pen to sign her name at the end of a final report that she and her assistant, Billy Beale, had worked late to complete the night before.
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Jacqueline Winspear on Among the Mad

Jacqueline Winspear From the time I realized that in Maisie Dobbs I had a series character, I've wanted to explore further the phenomenon of the range of war neuroses known to the layperson as "shell shock," and how we see those whose behavior isn't always within the bounds of what we consider "normal." I also wanted to look again, through the lens of story and history, at the manner in which society treats wounded veterans, especially those whose wounds cannot be seen, but are of the mind and spirit. To do this, I drew as much upon personal experience as my research.

As many of my readers know, my grandfather suffered both physical wounds and shell shock in the Great War, and as a child I remember having to be quiet around him, so as not to excite or trouble an elderly man with terrible memories. Later, in my mid-teens, I attended a school where we were required to undertake community service one afternoon each week (and we had to attend school on Saturday mornings to make up for it!). So, on Wednesday afternoons, I joined a small group who visited a psychiatric hospital--to talk to the patients, make the tea, read to them and generally offer kindness and companionship. I can recall many of the patients, some who were obviously not able to live outside an institution, and others who inspired one to wonder why they were there at all--and when you found out, the reason was often shocking. I remember one patient I talked with each week, an astoundingly sharp, intelligent man. He had been a top-ranking surgeon, one who was regarded as almost without peer. He was also a madman, a murderer. I thought of him often while writing Among the Mad.

Last year, during my book tour, a military chaplain came to one of my events and stayed behind afterwards to talk to me. He told me that he recommended my books to the families of those who have suffered loss during the Iraq war, and especially to people who are trying to accommodate the special needs of a soldier suffering from what we today call Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). He added that in reading a story where such losses are suffered in a time of war, yet separated by history, it facilitates a deeper understanding of what the returning veteran might be experiencing, and challenges involved in coming home from war.

The recent news that servicemen and woman wounded by PTSD will not be eligible for the Military Order of the Purple Heart--awarded to US military personnel who have been wounded or killed in a war zone--struck a chord. In Britain during and following the Great War there was much controversy about war neuroses, and many soldiers were denied a pension as a result of a clampdown on the diagnosis of shell shock. In my second novel, Birds of a Feather, one of the characters says, "That’s the trouble with war, it’s never over when it's over, it lives on inside the living." Such a sentiment is never more true than in the case of the man or woman who has served their country in a time of war, but who has to live with that war reverberating in their mind every single day for the rest of their lives. Maisie Dobbs is such a person, as is the person she is in a race to find in Among the Mad.

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