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It's Me, Anna Paperback – 1 May 2012


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Paperbooks (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908248122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908248121
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,080,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At times you'll want to stop but the author... writes without self-pity and with such candour that you'll only put the book down at the very end. --Cosmopolitan

It's a raw, harrowing story told with such honesty, it's impossible not to be drawn to it. --Marie Claire

Not for the faint-hearted... The author has the courage to give voice to the voiceless. --iAfrica Entertainment

About the Author

Elbie was born in 1968 and currently lives in the Eastern Cape.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Pots TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2012
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This novel is a thinly fictionalized account of the author's experiences as a sexually abused child, told from its beginning to its end in cold, clear, unflinching prose in the style of a journal. As such, it reads like a stream of inner thoughts, hardly meant for the reader's eyes, but there nonetheless. It gives the text particular edginess that, for all its lack of literary deftness, makes for shocking and provocative reading.

Anna begins with her account of failing family life, in which her parents are in the throes of divorce. This sets the emotional backdrop for much of what ensues, when her mother eventually settles with a new and abusive partner. From there on, she recounts her descent into a cycle of sexual abuse, littered with pain, torment, secrets and lies. The story does have bright interludes here and there, and builds to a powerful conclusion, but it remains one of the darkest, most sinister things I have ever read. To put it into some kind of context, it is every bit as shocking to me as autobiographies of holocaust survivors, such as Wladislaw Spilman's "The Pianist", but here focussed on this one helpless child and, eventually, her sister. The episodes are interspersed with Anna's journey to the events at the end of the story. This device helps drive things along, and provides respite from the many horrendous situations in which she finds herself.

While there is no joy to be derived from reading this novel, it is a serious and worthy piece of work, with something important to say. It ought to be required reading for anyone interested in learning about the issues described.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Mar. 2012
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I'm never sure on how to rate survivor stories like this one. It seems wrong to reach for 5* which means 'I Love It' because I don't love it. I think it's a dreadful world we live in where children are condemned to this type of treatment. On the other hand I can't go for 1* because I don't 'Hate It' though I hate the fact it ever had to be written. I'm going to go for 3* 'It's OK' because the middle ground seems properly and respectfully neutral given the subject matter.

First of all I will alert you to the fact that It's Me, Anna is based on real events and those real events will sicken you to the point that you'll want to put the book down and walk away. This is a little girl who was treated in the most appalling way by a man who should have nurtured and cared. The apparent complicity of her mother, and many of the local community, in his crimes was unspeakably evil and surely in every case like this we believe the child first specially when the evidence is so compelling.

Anna has survived physically and written her account as a means of therapy, to get it all out there, and I hope it's worked for her. I certainly found as I was reading the book that the older Anna seemed to disappear and that terrified little child peered out at me from between the pages. Absolutely heart breaking.

Not a long novel but one you probably won't forget.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S2b an OAP VINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2012
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Having fostered children who were abused at a young age and also having suffered at the hands of a child who was themselves abused (I now know/think) this candid searing book touched more than the occasional raw nerve.

I received it this morning and am writing this review on the afternoon of the same day!

The author is a brave lady who writes with care and honesty and the translator has done a fine job in carrying the feelings of guilt, the fear of (older) men and the inability to trust simply because she could not trust the family around her. If you haven't been in this young girls place, if you are lucky enough to come from a home background that was always safe, trusting and caring you should still take time out of your life to read this account and the helpful psychologists notes that follow it.

The candour which the author has in showing the reader what the effect on her was at every stage is immense. I could not put the book down and I would be honoured to meet the author. I wish her, and her family, all that is good in this world. Highly recommended, buy it from Amazon.
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By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2012
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I started reading this at around 11pm one evening, I thought I'd read a couple of chapters and then go to bed, by 4 am I'd read the end - I couldn't put it down.

The story follows a young girl, Anna, and the abuse she suffers at the hands of her step-father, and the lack of support, belief and help she suffered through. It is a heart-wrenching story.

The step-father, like many of his ilk, is a pillar-of-the-community, a church elder, and so on. He is well respected - and that, from my point of view, is one of the things which should have had more emphasis.

Monsters hardly ever look like the creatures they are. They are masters of disguise and manipulation, frequently using their superficial charm to gain positions of respect and authority. Abusers tend to be pillars-of-the-community, people of good standing, those people you look at and say "they wouldn't do something like that".

The second point is the disbelief of Anna's mother. She witnesses her husband beat her daughter and his own son over and over again, yet she makes excuses for his behaviour - the child has provoked the action, and he only does it because he "loves" them, he does it to "guide" them.

I am a Forensic and Criminal Psychologist by profession and I can say that in all the interviews not one mother has been able to explain why they didn't believe their child ("I don't know why I didn't believe him/her") and in the vast majority of them still proclaim the abuser's innocence and the guilt of the abused child - (s)he lead him on, (s)he is a sl*t, (s)he is to blame, and so on - even when the physical evidence flies in the face of that belief.
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