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Powerful and emotional book,
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This review is from: Remembering Judith - A true story of shattered childhoods (Kindle Edition)
Picked this up when it was free as it sounded interesting. Instead of just being interesting, I found it incredibly powerful, painful, poignant, searingly honest and resonated with me for all sorts of reasons.
Ruth is the child of two Holocaust survivors who met in London during the war. She grew up in Cardiff and gradually became the carer of her mother who suffered with what would be instantly recognised today as Anorexia Nervosa. Her father was also just as controlling but in a different way.
The book also deals with not only the effect that her mother's disease had on her when she was caring for her but also the effect it had on her outlook regarding food and how she viewed her own approach to food and to life. She also gives an insight into the role the Jewish religion has had on her life.
Written exceptionally well, she tells her story strongly - never shrinking from the truth about the emotions she felt and the guilt that she still carries to this day, despite her recognising that is the long lingering after effect of a less than ideal childhood. This is one of the reasons that the story resonated with me, I know that there are deep seated food issues in my life, again largely from issues passed to me from parents (one in particular), it will be a life long struggle of mine to separate myself from these issues - a similar journey, not the same, to Ruth Joseph. Very, very thought provoking!