Mel H

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  • Olga - A Daughter's Tale on July 16, 2011

    Olga- A Daughters Tale is a story told through letters, diary entries and newspaper articles. It is about Olga Browney, the ninth of eleven children. Born in 1915 to an English mother and a Jamaican father. Olga- A Daughter’s Tale is about life as a coloured Jamaican and the struggle with racism and disadvantages. Jamaica in those times (1900s to World War 2) was very much like London with the emphasis on class. White Jamaicans were always looking down on the coloured and black Jamaicans and they had less opportunities. Olga- A Daughter’s Tale was written by Olga’s daughter Marie who researched her family after a long separation. The story is quite sad is many ways, Olga fell pregnant and separated herself from her family to protect them the scandal of an unwed mother and child. She worked many years as a servant to wealthy English families to provide Marie with a good education and opportunities. But in doing so denied herself the loving support of her mother, father and 10 siblings. I didn’t realise at first that this was a true story but when I realised that Marie was Olga’s daughter, it made it more emotional for me, so real. This was such a wonderful book to read and I highly recommend it to other readers who enjoy biographies, war time stories or just non fiction in general. I would like to thank Library Thing for the donation of this book, it was sent to me through the Member’s Giveaways program.