Peckham Cry Paperback – 30 Nov 1996
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I could empathize with the thought processes of the time as I myself grew up in the late fifties early sixties and girls were often seen as looking for trouble and it was thought best not to interfere in domestic situations. What a very sad indictment of the times much of which are still the norm today. A neighbour will quite happily sit back and watch or hear abuse and do nothing because it's not their business or they simply don't want to get involved!
Social Services as it is known today often put young people in mental intuitions or homes which were cold and lacking in warmth and compassion. The people running these places were often cruel and harsh not really giving the victim a chance to move out of their situations and so degenerated to an even worse state than before.
Having said that I do feel that many of the situations Sylvia went through were of her own making and her past home life and nativity were often used as an excuse for the things she did and indeed I am not discounting the horrific abuse but also feel that if one does want a better life you have to make the decision and seek help. Sylvia had many opportunities to do this but the story played on her ignorance even when she made the same mistakes over and over and never seemed to learn anything from them despite being older and would have thought wiser.
The ending was not satisfying as one might expect due to the subject matter but Sylvia's situation was worse than before and there was no sign of anything changing so how she could be looking to a brighter future is really beyond me. Perhaps Ms Cooke has a sequel in mind?
I have to thank Janice for this very sad read, although not pleasant it certainly was thought provoking.
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