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incisive psychological thriller,
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This review is from: Five Quarters Of The Orange (Paperback)
I very much felt more hooked by this book then by The Lollipop Shoes.
I admire Harris' deep probing eyes into the human soul, knowing the darkness of everyday folk's hearts behind their smiles...the sexual assault on the little sister child is intelligently felt and bravely told. Horror happens so easily...carried out by almost-ordinary guys in spceific contexts allowing them to do it and get away with it.
However I could not bond with the main character.
A) I found at 9 years old I was million miles away from knowing people's minds and manipulating them (I was daydreaming 24/7). even now as an adult I would not be as scheming as her.
B) I found her heart cold and to be manipulative. This I could stand to some degree as she is a damaged child, but the cruelty on animals is beyond abyhting I could stand as I am an animal right defender. To her, they're "only" snakes or "fish" but the barabrism is uncomprehensible for me...which reminds me in The Lollipop Shoes the celebration of animal food (as ordinary as dairy sounds, it means agonizing calves bludgeoned to death so that we can eat/drink milk in chocolate etc), the worst being the mention of foie gras. I was puzzled at so much vision from the author but a divided heart as regard to respect to compassion, but then 95% civilization is built around animal suffering, just look at your shoes.