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1.0 out of 5 stars Take a look at Dalrymple's review, 24 Jan. 2014
This review is from: If You Sit Very Still (Hardcover)
I find it remarkable that other reviewers of this book give it so favourable an opinion. I recommend anyone thinking of buying this book to first read Theodore Dalrymple's review in The City Journal which may be accessed on line at [...] Here is a sample - 'So wrapped up in herself is Partington that the question of her locus standi to forgive does not occur to her. What is it that she actually forgives and has a right to forgive? She certainly has no right to forgive the torture and murder of her sister; it was her sister, not she, who was the principal victim. She could forgive Rosemary West the suffering that the torture and murder caused her, but this implies blindness to the sheer moral enormity of the crime. Nor does it occur to her that the Wests' infliction of violence on 11 other victims, apart from her sister, reduces the significance of her forgiveness, even if she had the right to bestow it. Does she suppose that everyone else who suffered because of the Wests' sadism should follow her example, or, if they do not, that they are her moral inferiors? Moral grandiosity hardly comes grander. Her forgiveness is like the grin of the Cheshire Cat, subsisting without anchorage to, or expression of, anything, except ego.In short, the abduction, rape, torture, murder, dismemberment, and burial of Lucy Partington was a sovereign opportunity for Marian Partington's personal growth, so that she could learn to be compassionate toward herself (and therefore, as a side effect, toward others).' Read that review and reconsider purchasing this book or if you gave it a favourable review reconsider your opinion.
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