Miss Grantham had come into her dressing-room to borrow her rouge-pot, and some patches. Born in New York city to a prominent and wealthy family, twin parental car crashes four years apart caused the family to be broken up. But she never stopped grieving for parents who had died in separate road accidents after living dangerously long before. I wouldn't have been so understanding if it was me boarding and it wouldn't have been something I'd contemplate for my own children regardless of finances. Der Fließtext wird dynamisch an die Display- und Schriftgröße angepasst.
I found it deeply moving. Joan Baez visited and taught Mikey guitar. Opening this she astonished us all by holding up an extraordinary shapeless garment of black cloth, covered from top to bottom with hundreds of frills and pleats and tucks. Yet this thoughtful and nuanced account of her time at the controversial Summerhill School does not play the blame game. Celebrating his 80th birthday in 1963, Neill was beginning to lose his grip over his beloved school, and there are some scary reports of pupils attempting their own coup spurred on by generally deteriorating behaviour all round.
That said though, I felt said just reading your post about her. Cuddihy's triumph is to remain balanced throughout, leaving us to feel the spills. Mikey Cuddihy, of wealthy Irish-American background, spent her 1960s childhood there, sent to the school with her siblings, having lost her parents in car crashes. His second wife once stood one of her stepsons under a freezing shower because he was naughty. The setting was idyllic, lessons were optional, pupils made the rules. I have been making do with hand-me-downs from Vicky, who is more developed than I am, so it is thrilling to have something new, and not Playtex. Mikey navigated this strange world of permissiveness and neglect, forging an identity almost in defiance of it.
And of course since I have a background in education, we learned all about Open Schools and other types of schools similar to Summerhill. She is still a virgin and is not ready for sex. Cuddihy herself suggested I might be interested in her grandmother in a mink coat and Chanel, a coat that Cuddihy herself later wears — and did the grandmother look like this? But her beautiful actress mother became an alcoholic, given to lashing out at her five children. Their Uncle Tom announced that they were all going to England. She and her siblings were sent from New York to board at experimental Summerhill School, in England, Orphaned at the age of nine, Mikey Cuddihy left the U.
Opinions divided as to whether it was an anarchic disaster or a super-successful experiment whose aim to wipe out unhappiness was successful in alumni. I guess the grass always does appear greener in the other side. Eventually its uncomfortable and run-down buildings, freezing in winter, came to seem a substitute home. Joan Baez visited and taught Mikey guitar. This is a story about survival, a dedication to truth quietly uncovered, layer by layer by a narrator gifted with the rare combination of equilibrium, artistic ability and dedication to reality.
Growing up in Canada, I had a teacher who was certain that I was a perfect candidate for Summerhill. But don't get me started. Moira - What a fascinating book! Punishments usually consisted of fines taken from the weekly distribution of pocket money plus the indignity of being found in the wrong. The vive bergère dress had always been arresting, for its green stripes were quite an inch broad, but unti…. The setting is apparently idyllic: lessons are optional, pupils make the rules, and the late sixties are in full swing. That is, freedom to dump their children in an anarchic setting where the library consisted of ancient Enid Blyton books and children could choose to play all day. Often unhappy, in pain or confused, she is never explicitly bitter.
On holidays the Cuddihys were farmed out as paying guests. Two siblings Bob and DeeDee were sent to Scotland and Mikey, Chrissy and Sean went to Summerhill. But with this total freedom comes danger. When Mikey Cuddihy was orphaned at the age of nine, her life exploded. Neill, founder of Summerhill School. Somehow, the accounts of Christmas vacations are the saddest, when she was sent off to stay with strangers. Her account of how knowledge of what they once got up to came to affect her relationships with them makes painful reading.
Regrettably we cannot fulfill eBook-orders from other countries. I am glad she suggested it to me, because it was a gripping, affecting and thought-provoking read. She writes with vivid truthfulness, even-handed and observant, about that childhood. She feels privileged to have sat at the feet of visiting heros such as Joan Baez and Leonard Cohen. Hers was, with savage thoroughness, a 1960s hippie childhood. The reality, was, of course, far different and in this book, reasons for sending kids to the school were as banal as they ever were — their guardians did not want the hassle of raising them.