Monday, 25 October 2010
Autumn rain, a cup of hot chocolate and a book
Dave dreamed of finding a family to love him and call him their son. It took years of struggle, deprivation and despair to find his dream and make something of himself in the world. A Child Called 'It' covers the early years of his lfie and is an affecting and inspirational memoir of one child's determination to survive.
My tears fell down my cheeks when I was reading this book full of horrific childhood memories. I wish Dave Pelzer just made it all up or exaggerated every detail because I still can't understand why a mother would do those things to an innocent little boy. He was still almost like a baby when he was starved, beaten and punished. My God, at this time of the year, I would be freezing just to wash my hands or face in icy cold water - but Dave was made to put himself in the bath tub filled with icy cold water! How this boy survived, only God knows.
There are questions in my mind like, 'What is wrong with this mother aside from being alcoholic? Did she get any treatment for her mental disturbance? Why pick on Dave only and not the other 4 children?' I know from searching on line that there are two more parts of the book but I was looking for something more in the book, something that will tell me the reasons behind the mother's evil behaviour and actions - there wasn't any. So at the end of the book, I was left 'hanging.'
I can say my heart went out to this little boy who only needed love and caring from a mother. I am full of admiration that this little boy has now become a man and a husband and a loving father. Sadly, I don't think this book is for everybody because of its horrific content and that it will leave you upset or even sick in the stomach. But if that's your kind of thing, then go and get it. If you like this kind of book, I'd like to recommend three more that I've read this year: Alice Sebold's 'Lucky' (her memoir) and 'The Lovely Bones' and Jodi Picoult's 'Picture Perfect'.
Happy Monday! :)
PS: I am not sure which book I'm going to pick next as I keep changing my mind - it always depends on which interests me at any given time...I might get a Sophie Kinsella to make me laugh this time so I hope you stay tuned! Now I'm off to visit your blogs and see what you've been up to! :)
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