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Eccles Cakes: An Odd Tale of Survival by [Fryer, Jonathan]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01II737EM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #347,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was an excellent book, wonderfully written by a talented writer. I found it a kind of 'coming of age' story. One wherein the author finds out who he really is at a tender age of nineteen. His personality has formed and by that age he is coming to terms with not only who he is, what he is good at, what he wants to do, but also his sexuality. At least, that is the impression given to me from his writing.
Mr. Fryer and I share a similar background in many ways. He was brought up in a large Northern city of England. His was Manchester and mine Liverpool. We were also educated in the old grammar school system.
The author describes a harrowing childhood with a "pig" of a father, really his stepfather as he was adopted. That man sexually assaulted him throughout his childhood years no doubt leaving a terrible mental scar on the boy and young man.
Yet, though a serious topic and a brutal episode in his young life, Fryer takes the reader on the journey with a deft touch and a readable writing style.His early years culminate in him gaining accreditation as a Vietnam war correspondent. I was in awe at that achievement.
His travels throughout Europe then Asia, clearly left a mark on the author.and once more, like me, he discovered a love of travel and Asia in particular. We share one other thing in common - a love of Eccles Cakes!
There is a cliffhanger at the end of his book and I will not reveal that, save to say I look forward to reading about the remainder of this remarkable man's life story.
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Excellent story of an adopted child who felt unloved throughout his life.
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A delightfully open memoir of his childhood days. And it’s also highly detailed. You get to know what he had to eat/had to wear etc. as well as the more important and formative aspects of his early life – the distant step father and step mother and the rather strange relationships they had with each other. (Spoiler alert) You also get to hear about the weird sexual interference practiced on him by the step father and how it affected him.
Written light fluent prose, it’s easy to read and gives you a very good insight onto a troubled childhood, and the adjustments to society he had to make in his teenaged years – coping with others at school and abroad on his first travels. I only wanted the book to extend beyond his boyhood and see how he managed to cope with life and make such a literary success of it.
I was surprised at how unlike it is to his usual books – among which are masterful biographies of Oscar Wilde, Dylan Thomas and Cristopher Isherwood – all these are really worth reading if you want to understand the characters.
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Courage. That is the word that kept recurring in my mind as I read this powerful insight into Jonathan Fryer's troubled childhood. Courage in writing it. Courage in dealing with the abuse he suffered. Courage in throwing himself onto the chaos and danger of a war zone on his own resources at the age of 19.
It is a shocking story but often also a heartwarming one as it shows how he triumphed over everything that was thrown at him. He never hides the grim reality of his life at home but skilfully manages to avoid excessive self-pity by restricting it to the occasional flashback insight into his feelings at the time.
It is a brave, engaging and positive story of one man's escape from the sort of childhood no-one should ever have to suffer.
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This is a beautifully written book, but in in two very distinct halves. The first half, which I found stunningly moving, recounts the author's lonely childhood and sense of isolation arising from a mixture of sexual abuse from his adoptive father and general emotional distance from both adoptive parents. It is written with little sense of self-pity, but just confusion of a little boy not understanding what is happening to him. The second half drops the introspective tone and recounts the author's travels in the Far East in the late 1960s. I felt frustrated by the move from emotional intensity to day-to-day travel experiences which might have happened to anyone, although it is, of course, the same person - and presumably influences the remainder of his life. Aside from the fact that we know the author became a successful journalist, we do not really resolve how he came to terms with his personal history and developed a true sense of self. Nonetheless, the book as a whole leaves a powerful impact.
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