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Mrs H, Maynard School Library


This book has stayed with me since I read it, and not in a good way. I would not recommend this book for anyone under 16, and many people aged 16 or over would probably prefer to avoid it too. I wish I hadn't read it.

I don't agree with the Carnegie advisory notice that the abuse by the Brothers in Quebec was not gratuitously described. I found the incident in the bath was gratuitous and protracted, and because the writers are skillful and it was described from the point of view of the boy, Beck, who was experiencing the abuse, it was extremely vivid and disturbing. It could have been described in a short paragraph. I do not want to read any fiction like this, and I would not like our shadowing group to read it either.

After this section of the book, the authors had lost my goodwill so my perception of the remaining chapters was almost certainly affected by this. I struggled to make myself finish it. I thought that what had started out as a seemingly realist novel later wandered off into a different category. Beck becoming involved with bootlegging for Al Capone struck me as ludicrous and the Native American mysticism left me cold.

This book is not included in our display.

Posted on: 12th June 2017 at 12:16 pm

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