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This review is from: I Won't Forgive What You Did: A little girl's suffering. A mother who let it happen (Paperback)
Books like this one are always tricky to review. Firstly you have to applaud the person for having the courage to put pen to paper and allow others to share their life story but in other respects some of the tales that make it to print aren't as harrowing as a number of articles that have appeared in women's magazines or the principle storyteller really has a lot of problems that really haven't been addressed.
The latter is the case in this title as Faith really hasn't addressed a lot of her own issues. Firstly she demonises her own mother as an uncaring woman, doesn't recognise an undiagnosed case of a mental disorder and when she suffers a lot of the same conditions in her own life as well as inflicting the same sort of damage on her own children she expects sympathy, almost as a you must feel sorry for me attitude.
Faith also wasn't the classic case of a downtrodden beaten woman with no self-esteem, she managed to get herself a career, passed exams in order to progress and then went to work for social services where she got to go to other people's homes and see a lot of the problems that were going on in her own, and yet she still did nothing to change it. The book is also contradictory in a number of ways for example she also laid claim to not being able to have a bath and smelling and then made throw away comments about how wonderfully the teachers thought that she was turned out. It doesn't make sense; you're either one or the other.
All in its well written but that's the best thing I can say about it which I suspect is only due to the talent of established author Lynne Barrett-Lee. As the story progresses you don't feel as sorry as you think you should for the "victim", instead you end up wondering why she was able to create the book when other titles lay out the facts about the victim's life and how they turned themselves around. All in, it felt that this book is all about garnering sympathy for a person who seems set in her ways and appears to enjoy having the attention alongside playing a victim.
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Initial post: 29 Jan 2015 13:55:41 GMT
K. Hetherington says:
I'm glad you said all of that...i thought it was just me and i was missing the point.....
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