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- Print Length: 374 pages
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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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A Family At War Kindle Edition
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Written in a remarkable voice, the life story the author tells in such a matter of fact way goes all out to raise your emotions - anger, sadness, sympathy, and awe are all in there during the reading of this book, alongside the urge to keep on reading this powerful story.
Beryl not only survives The Blitz, but she survives the cruelty her mother unleashes on her and also on the family pets. This read is definitely hard hitting, unforgettable, and one of the bravest stories I have ever read.
I feel like it has been a privilege to be able to read this story.
The account is all the more painful for its restraint and simple writing style. It kept me gripped to the end.
Thank goodness for dear Roy, who loved, supported and protected her.
I wonder what became of her dreadful younger sister, Pat..? .. a pawn in their mother's game
I felt the pain of the child with her many beatings and constantly being told, she should have never been born.' What I didn't get is her relationship with her father (he is rather vague figure) or how she felt about her grandmother. Neither seem to intervene to help Beryl during the mother's abuse.
The writing is often humorous and made me laugh, especially the scene with the monkey when the in-laws come to tea. I will certainly read more by this author.
A Family at War by Beryl Kingston is one of those books, that after reading, I found myself pausing and giving myself time to digest what I had just read. A Family at War is a heartbreakingly true story about a child who is absolutely desperate for her mother's love. But instead of love and security and everything a mother should give, Beryl is subjected to terrible emotional and physical abuse from her very mentally unstable mother. But despite that, she tries so hard to please this unpleasable woman. No matter what Beryl does, it is never good enough, and many times she is physically reprimanded for doing absolutely nothing wrong.
This book is a very honest account of her very complicated family dynamics growing up. Everyone was scared of her mother, including her father and her gran. Beryl had no one to stand up for her, and that is what really broke my heart. All I can say is thank goodness for Roy. He was a beacon of light, and I can understand why Beryl fell in love with him.
I have to talk about the writing of this book. It was sublime. I have read a fair few autobiographies, but this one is something very special. It is certainly on par with Frank McCourt's, Angela's Ashes. What I thought was amazing about the writing was how it reflected the age of the child. This is incredibly difficult to do well, but Ms Kingston nailed it. Kudos, Ms. Kingston.
Ms. Kingston grew up during the blitz, and anyone who is looking for a book that demonstrated the horror of the blitz, through the eyes of a child, will certainly take a lot away from this book.
I could go on and on about this book. It was truly wonderful.
I Highly Recommend.
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