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Am amazing read, a damning indictment of a broken system.
on 9 February 2013
I read this book as I am a product of the care system. I am a well adjusted working member of society but this book just describes what I saw coming when I was in care. Back then Winston would have been able to discipline, and in doing this help, a lot of these kids. I went into the military at 16 after being encouraged by one of the workers who Winston reminded me a lot of. A man who spoke sense and realised that in helping us to deal with life and make our way he would have to teach some unpalatable lessons. I was an unruly kid, not a criminal or violent or mean but I needed direction and a steady hand. I was lucky to meet a level headed gent who cared enough to guide me and in doing so largely made me the man I am today. These people I belive exist in todays system but are kept down by the plitically correct system that is hindering and far from helping.
When I think of the 16 year old me I shudder to think what I would have ended up like had I been in today's system. I can only sympathise with the likes of Winston while greatly admiring them.