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The God Squad

The God Squad [Kindle Edition]

Paddy Doyle
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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A child's triumph over adversity.

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The past they tried to hide.

His mother died from cancer in 1955. His father committed suicide shortly thereafter. Paddy Doyle was sentenced in an Irish district court to be detained in an industrial school for eleven years. He was four years old...

Paddy Doyle's prize-winning bestseller, The God Squad, is both a moving and terrifying testament of the institutionalised Ireland of less than fifty years ago, as seen through the bewildered eyes of a child. During his detention, Paddy was viciously assaulted and sexually abused by his religious custodians, and within three years his experiences began to result in physical manifestations of trauma. He was taken one night to hospital and left there, never to see his custodians again. So began his long round of hospitals, mainly in the company of old and dying men, while doctors tried to diagnose his condition. This period of his life, during which he was a constant witness to death, culminated in brain surgery at the age of ten - by which time he had become permanently disabled.

The God Squad is the remarkable true story of a survivor, told with an extraordinary lack of bitterness for one so shockingly and shamefully treated. In Paddy Doyle's own words: 'It is about a society's abdication of responsibility to a child. The fact that I was that child, and that the book is about my life, is largely irrelevant. The probability is that there were, and still are, thousands of 'me's.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552150274
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (1 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552150274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552150279
  • ASIN: B003NX6Y4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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OK, I have to admit I've never read Pepys's Diary but I had to get your attention. Now that I have it, I kindly advise you to point and click your way into being the proud owner of this book. Paddy Doyle's inimitable narrative style presents a dark story in such a way that the reader is challenged not only to think about Mr. Doyle's own experiences - and the experiences of others like him - but also about the beauty of life itself and between the lines of the story itself is the urgent message to rush forward and embrace your life to the fullest extent no matter who you are or what you've suffered. This is a riveting read masterfully written and even in its darkest moments, finds humor and the triumph of good over evil. And yes, Mr. Doyle, a sequel would be nice. Some of us would like to know what happened to the main characters after the book ended!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, if not sad, account of hardship... 19 Jan 2001
By A Customer
It is very saddening to believe that not so very long ago such conditions existed that someone was made to feel ashamed, embarrassed and inadequate because of a condition far beyond their control, in what we believed to be a civilised society. Nevertheless an epic read which I found very difficult to put down, Well done, Mr. Doyle!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening that such things can happen.... 9 Nov 2000
By A Customer
I can't really add to the other reviews, except to say that Mr Doyle is clearly a man of great courage in adversity. The mistreatment he suffered and the lies he was forced to endure culminate in his disability which left me feeling cold, frightened and embarassed to be part of what I had foolishly thought was civilised post-War Western society.
Be shocked; be ready to learn; and hey - don't let it happen again!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The God Squad 13 April 2007
`Out of the mouths of babes and suckling's come all ....,.. Paddy Doyle relates the story of his childhood in a beguiling voice of an innocent child, illuminating the unfathomable reasons why very young children latch on to their abusers. No other gauge exists for them. The orphanage he was put into was a notorious industrial school, run by the Sisters of Mercy. If they knew anything of nurture they certainly were not going to waste it on a four year old child. Finally persuaded that he was genuinely ill, they dumped their charge in the local hospital. In loco parentis was an alien concept to them. He never saw them again. Paddy at only seven years of age had a progressive neurological condition. It started as foot dragging but ultimately turned into spasms and loss of control over his movements. Ironically this dystonia, as it is known, seemed to mirror his plight in life. There was no responsible guardian, prepared to talk about his true origins. He just slipped between the cracks in the system. Eventually everyone [save the nuns], seems to be squirming too, in the face of the horrible reality of what was happening to him. In the light of what we now know about folic acid, one can't help but wonder had he been properly fed, at least, whether this horrible neurological condition would have manifested itself at all. Yet Paddy Doyle is still singularly without guile or malice, and he avoids all such speculation or attribution of blame. ..... wise sayings' which is wise because, while the Irish State stands ready to penalise those who speak out, the readers of this book, who beg for a sequel, would be better off campaigning for the Human Rights Act to be fully applied in Ireland. Then Paddy Doyle could finish his story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing, I did not want the story to end. 3 Oct 1999
By A Customer
The author writes as if he is speaking personally to you, I could not put this book down. It is difficult to believe as we near the new millenium that the conditions described in this book existed; and, in fact, still do...but it is true. Mr. Paddy Doyle, please give us a sequel. A whole series would be a welcome edition to the literary world. This is a must read for everyone.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Moving.. 22 Oct 2003
Paddy Doyles 'The God Squad' is a gob-smackingly sad narrative of his early experience of an institutional Ireland.
There are little moments of hope, tenderness and humour like sun rays on a grey day that make you smile and seem to make up for all the cold and hardness of his early years and just make you even more keen to read on and get to a 'Happy Ending'.
All through the book the thing that stands out is the incredible strength and resilience of childhood and it was heartening for me that for all the hardship Paddy endured in his early years he has still managed to find fulfilment and success.
If I had any criticism it would only be that the final chapter or so seemed a little summarised this left me feeling that I had 'missed out' and wanting to find out about what had happened in between the lines. All the same a fine read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down........ 31 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Paddy Doyle's experiences captivate. How someone can live such a life, survive, and come out of the whole episode with the ability to relay his story in such a way is beyond me. I would rate this in my all time top 5 books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The God Squad 4 Mar 2010
"Paddy Doyle says "it is about a society's abdication of responsibility to a child" I can not better that description. Orphaned in Ireland at four years old it tells the story of his early years in 50's 60's Ireland. At first being taken to be schooled and cared for by Nun's. His first experiences were of a strict and cruel regime. It follows him through different hospitals which would become home for many years eventually becoming more disabled over time. Seeing this frightened child alone facing disturbing visions which he could not talk about because of a forced silence. A little boy who became Institutionalised. In the end he did begin to be touched by some love and he came out of it to marry and have children."

I did this for my website and I showed it to paddy Doyle who approved, thanks Paddy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars easy to read
Well written, easy to read.
Published 23 days ago by Mrs. J. Horne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well written
Published 4 months ago by anna wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought this books as I love real life story books
Bought this books as I love real life story books. It was not the best I've ever read but still made a good read. For me it took me a good 4-5 chapters to really get into it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Laura N Bren
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read.
I enjoyed reading this book very much, though awfully shocking. I have mentioned it to my friends as it was so enlightening as to what was happening.
Published 8 months ago by Geraldine Julia Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing
This is a brilliant book, I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend you buy it, you wont be disappointed.
Published 11 months ago by Dee
4.0 out of 5 stars The God squad
This book was one of the earliest accounts to surface of the abuses occurring within religious walls. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Clare O'Beara
4.0 out of 5 stars Brave voice
Paddy Doyle writes this book in a restrained adult voice but with all the detail and perspective of the child who suffered. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rosalind Minett
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I thought the treatment of the main theme of abuse was somewhat watered down, as though the author held back.
Published 13 months ago by John M. Halloran
3.0 out of 5 stars More Irish misery
Patrick is a spirited young boy who will not do as he is told. The Catholic authorities seek to break his spirit. Read more
Published 15 months ago by newnatbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece!
Another Catholic abuse story in my pile of books .... effortlessly told story, easy to read and 'unputdownable'.... Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. Lang
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