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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Same Crucifying Truth
I read the original hard back book Rock me Gently by Judith Kelly ...

It made me weep for her and all abused children...

I am now reading the paperback version and the tears are still flowing as I read the crucifyingly painful Truth of her writing.

No matter what words are used the Truth is still the Truth and the Torment is still the...
Published on 2 Sep 2006 by C. James

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3.0 out of 5 stars Old memories renewed for many...
My mother was in the same children's home as the author, including the years that this book covers. If anyone is wondering whether these things really happened, I feel I can verify that they did, as I have grown up with these same stories, these descriptions of abuse. Even specific details, e.g., the bread that was so stale you had to bang it on the table to get the ants...
Published on 15 Sep 2006 by Insomniac Cat


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Same Crucifying Truth, 2 Sep 2006
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C. James "carmelle25" (Isle of Wight UK) - See all my reviews
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I read the original hard back book Rock me Gently by Judith Kelly ...

It made me weep for her and all abused children...

I am now reading the paperback version and the tears are still flowing as I read the crucifyingly painful Truth of her writing.

No matter what words are used the Truth is still the Truth and the Torment is still the same...

As a survivor myself and having been in the care of teaching nuns in the 50's I know the Truth of what I am reading...

I personally do not care about similar wording to other authors etc. I care about the Truth...

Judiths story will rip your heart apart.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing, a truely saddening read, 19 Aug 2005
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Judith Kelly's book had me in floods of tears. How could people even contemplate abusing children? Hiding behind the Church and making excuses for their behaviour. I found this absolutely appalling and I was screaming mad with anger.
I don't care whether Judith Kelly had allegedly plagiarised the works of others, or only speculated on some of the detail. The fact was, she was telling the story from how she experienced the events personally and ok she may have filled in the gaps with other info. But I feel this was only to explain things in more detail.
This book is stomach churning and be prepared to have it imprinted on your mind.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Book, 19 Mar 2007
I wish the author had written this book sooner, because it has drastically changed my life and undoubtedly altered my thought processes instilled in me since childhood. It has helped me come to terms with my suicidal thoughts after my experiencing extreme trauma throughout the early days of my life. After the untimely death of my mother when I was six years old, my father became an alcoholic and wasn't able to care for me. The social services had no choice but to send me to a children's home. It was there that my real nightmare began when my so-called "carers" abused me unmercifully.

It took me years of psychotherapy to come to terms with my unhappy childhood, but Judith Kelly's book created a turning point in my life by putting the final touches to my healing process.

When a book is really good, I keep it forever. It occupies a very special space on my bookshelf and in my life. Rock Me Gently is not only a well organised and readable book, but it has given me great comfort and I am deeply grateful to Judith Kelly for helping me to move powerfully into the future.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saddened by disbelief of author's ordeal, 28 Oct 2007
I am saddened by the disbelief shown to the author, both in the media and some reviews here. My mother and two of my aunts were incarcerated in the Nazareth House at Southsea, during the Thirties. I grew up listening to Mum's account of the terrible ordeal they endured for five whole years - the beatings, putrid food, communal ill-fitting cast-off clothes and vicious verbal denigration, meted out by the so-called "religious". Neglect of illness or injury, as described by Ms Kelly, DID go on. My Mum got a splinter in her knee (while scrubbing miles of corridor on her knees) and the nuns refused to treat this. It was only when the infection caused Mum's knee to swell up like a football that they did anything; she had to have an operation on it and bore the scar of the incision, and the drainage holes around it, for the rest of her life.

She ran away repeatedly. Nobody believed what was going on so she was just returned to the convent for more vile abuse. They were going to put her in a reform school but she got wind of it and eventually went out to service - which she said was paradise in comparison to Nazareth House.

Now some people don't believe Ms Kelly and nit-pick about what was probably unconscious plagiarism. Sadly, my Mum abused me in her turn - and I was not believed. I can assure you nothing makes you feel so helpless, and that the world is a cold and hostile place, than recounting your pain and having it dismissed as lies.

I wish Ms Kelly well and am glad she was able to find someone who helped her come to terms with her life - as I did.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the power of the past, 21 Oct 2005
At last someone has had the courage and determination to write an account however harrowing, of what it was to live and survive the abuses that these institutions practiced upon their charges, the children. In this book Judith portrays vividly how the nuns, "sisters of mercy", betrayed the trust of these innocents placed in them by a crude weilding of their power aligned with a hideous blend of religious dogma. Despite it all this is an uplifting book because although scarred by her childhood experiences she is not crushed and through her later life travels discovers the relationships that will nurture her to win back her power.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read, 23 Oct 2006
a must read for anyone wanting to understand how children are at the effect of adult forces they have no conrtol over. The book charts many episodes in the childhood of the authors life but what stands out are the harrowing and awful injustices the author had to contend with as a young child.Survival, and survive she does as the later chapters vindicate her growing self discovery . The book does expose our current ingratitude, indifference towards current modern day organisation today like i.e. NSPCC, Social Servies child welfare etc. In post WW2 Britain these agencies were virtually non-exsistant with obvious dire consequences for the chilren. Judith records well the bewildering and inconsistent nature of the so called "care" the nuns dealt out to their young charges. The severity of this dubious care exposes the complete lack of understanding as to what the real needs of childern. Love, comfort,trust are a far off distant alien lands and were too easily substitued by misguided religious dogma .Seek comfort in god and chuck in fear and control for good measure. The childern, cling to each other like frightened starlings,to seek what comfort were they can, to wisper "rock me gently" Good read, required reading for all involved in child care organisations and others. There are many stories to tell if we are to improve our understanding of childhood.All I can say well done Judith for speaking out in this well written book.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable book..., 16 Feb 2005
Running through Heathrow this past week on my way to catch a flight to Tokyo I had 2 mins to pick up some books.... This caught my eye and I purchased on a whim with no time to read even the back cover.....
A disturbing story and one of many similar that have come to light in recent years. However, it is beautifully written, haunting at times, and yet so captive of the humanity of a child. Ths book has the ability to stir every emotion and leave the reader with many unanswered questions as to how several generations were unwilling or unable to confront the terrible scourge of abuse carried out by those who were entrusted to care for children. This is definitely a book that imparts more than a story. There are many lessons contained therein for anybody struggling with guilt, shame, and fear... A truly remarkable book... I'm keenly interested in the follow on story - the detail on Judith's life after her "reunification" with her mother and her venture into support for victims.. I have no doubt there are many more lessons there for us all... I have many dog eared pages on this book that I will undoubtedly revisit time and again.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An achingly beautiful book, 3 Mar 2005
A compulsive read on many levels. I had to read this powerful book a chapter at a time, so great are the emotions it stirs up in the reader. It shows the incredible will of a child to survive under terrible circumstances. The bravery of the author's undertaking cannot be exaggerated. I hope she writes the follow-up book of what happened to her after the convent and after she left the kibbutz. Fabulous.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Courage, 16 Aug 2006
I read this book last year and I'm glad to see that after all the unfair publicity that it's survived as a paperback. It's not an easy book to read by any means because the storyline is extremely shocking. Yet Kelly's courage to embark on the exploration of her childhood experience of physical, emotional and sexual abuse by nuns cannot be denied.

In my opinion, the one chapter that stands out above all other is Chapter 13. The description of Kelly's first visit to a disco is pure genius and anyone who doesn't get why she loosens up and dances for the first time in her life to The Rolling Stones' "Jumping Jack Flash" is living on another planet. Play that song as you read this chapter and then you'll really get the message of Kelly's story.

This incredibly under-rated memoir is very cleverly written, which maybe for the reason why the author has been unfairly accused of plagiarizing other novels about convents and nuns. Stories about Catholicism are bound to be similar when it comes to religious rituals and traditions, especially within convents. Those complainants should realise that the essential point of this book is that the author provides a liberating force to those people who have suffered abuse as children. Child abuse is a silent epidemic throughout the world, creating social havoc - for the children, adult survivors, and society. It can be prevented and it can be treated, but a conscious and sustained effort is both missing and essential. Need I say more about this important book?
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Survivors Story, 4 Mar 2005
Rock Me Gently is a moving account of a woman who has struggled through the bullying abuse of Nuns and has achieved greatness despite them. It is the splendidly written story of a small girl's struggle to survive and is a victory flag for all victims of abuse. It's an empowering tale for those who feel the pain bestowed by bullies. I would strongly recommend it.
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