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self pity becomes smug satisfaction
on 27 August 2014
There were, at the beginning, some parts of the story which aroused interest. However, the tale soon became boring with too many references to the unrelenting, domineering, abusive father co-mingled with criticism of the rigidity of Mormon social and religious practices. There was no real explanation as to why the family moved home so frequently, other than the father conducting business or seeking advancement into the Mormon hierarchy.
I was hoping for a greater insight into Mormonism but instead I was fed the story of how a fragile man found success by abandoning his responsibilities and ending his marriage. I am pleased he found peace, if indeed he has. From my viewpoint his is a pointless, warts and all depiction of personal pain and eventual relief from which I actually learned nothing of importance to me.