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This is the story of a young man trapped in the cycle of abuse and poor parenting that occurs in some families
on 15 March 2015
On starting to read this book I thought that the main protagonist was a young male aged around 12-15 yrs old. However, I soon learned that he is in fact aged 22yrs. This is the story of a young man trapped in the cycle of abuse and poor parenting that occurs in some families. His mother and aunt are psychologically damaged due to their own experiences of being parented by a violent bully for a father and a mother unable to break free. His mother lives in a fantasy world but is clever enough to manipulate the others through her own mother's money. He has no father on the scene to provide some kind of balance. His grandmother, aunt and cousin are equally damaged, and his only contacts are these four members of his immediate family. He has reverted through his anxiety, anger, hopelessness, and inability to move on, to a fantasy life related to Buddhism. The story is bleak and gloomy and deteriorates even further. I found it a very uncomfortable read and although I was unable to stop reading, wished I'd never started.