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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not you who should apologise!, 29 Sept. 2013
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Very interesting and sad tale of a young girl growing up in the 50's and having so many unhappy things imposed on her with no thought to her needs.

I have read a couple of the author's books about France (where I live) and was intrigued to read her memoir.

I wonder how many "functional" families there were back then, and also wonder whether the dysfunction of so many "parents" came from having to hide their emotions and fears during WW2, and those parents having been raised by WW1 survivors.

As a 50's child, of similarly emotionally blunted and blind parents, I felt for Susie as I read her memoirs.
Another reviewer complains that "The author seems to have lived a life remote from any true intimacy." Well yes, and how the hell do you learn intimacy when you have parents that don't do intimacy! He goes on to say, "What is this book trying to achieve?". Well, I would suggest, some sort of closure for the author, and attempt to find acknowledgment for the losses and difficulties she over came. Aren't all memoirs somewhat self serving to a degree? Perhaps he hadn't realised it was a memoir!

I admire her for overcoming some devastating twists in her childhood, and can see that she worked very hard at finding a bright side to so many of these "opportunities for growth". I hate that she was asked to make a choice as a 9 year old that I didn't allow my children to make as 12 and 16 year olds.

It is she who should be receiving apologies. I hope life is happier now and that she is loved and cared for.
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