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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw
Describing the ugliness that can happen in life is a delicate business, something that is handled sensitively in this unusual tale. It draws you in in a menacing way, and within its obvious desire to shock it also carefully balances a very human story throughout.
Raw and thought provoking, i found it to be well written and an enjoyable read, which surprised me given...
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not sure about this book. i was reading it when i think it suddenly finished mid chapter, couldn't find how many chapters there should have been so i was disappointed. i would be interested to know if there is more than 15 chapters.thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, 28 Aug 2012
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Describing the ugliness that can happen in life is a delicate business, something that is handled sensitively in this unusual tale. It draws you in in a menacing way, and within its obvious desire to shock it also carefully balances a very human story throughout.
Raw and thought provoking, i found it to be well written and an enjoyable read, which surprised me given the nature of its subject matter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult subject but well written, 28 Aug 2012
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This is a dark tale about a child born from a sexual assault that handles the subject in an honest manner.

As a previous reviewer quite rightly said it is raw and thought provoking in a way that is both careful & sensitive.

That being said, this book is not really for the faint-hearted or sensitive reader
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing but gripping, 15 Oct 2012
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'Bébé' is not a holiday read. Although, I did actually read the book on holiday! It is a harrowing account of a child coming into the world and being brought up; the child is the result of a rape.

The book raises interesting questions and the way the mother behaves towards her child is shocking but perhaps understandable. The baby is obviously innocent but the mother is scarred from her rape, so the reader must decide how far her actions towards the child can be rationalised.

The child's abuse cannot be condoned, yet I really felt for the mother. 'We need to talk about Kevin' springs to mind in dealing with a difficult child. How much is the mother to blame in the way her child behaves?

It's a tough book but very readable, compelling and extremely well-written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down, 31 Aug 2012
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This can't be called an enjoyable book; it's horrifying and fascinating though. It begins late at night with a man so desperate and angry that he wishes to take his own life but is distracted by a passing woman. His rage is further fuelled because he believes she is flaunting her sexuality. As a result of a violent rape, a boy is born, Bebe. It appears that violent anger begets more of the same. We watch from the sidelines in horror as the surging rage of the child's relationship with its mother becomes overwhelming.

Steve Roach often pushes at the boundaries of destructive relationships. It makes for the sort of book from which you can't look away - like a road accident. As I said, it's wrong to say it's enjoyable, showing as it does, scenes of abuse. It's a hard book to put down though! It's definitely worth a read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars bebe book, 27 Mar 2013
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not sure about this book. i was reading it when i think it suddenly finished mid chapter, couldn't find how many chapters there should have been so i was disappointed. i would be interested to know if there is more than 15 chapters.thank you
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