To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
I bought this book as i enjoy reading about triumph over adversity memoirs. Unfortunately I found this book very hard going. It was very slow moving and vague in a lot of areas leaving you thinking why did I bother. I did finish this book but instead of me wanting to hear more it was more of a case of will it ever end.
The grim reality of a neglected and abused childhood is far too common. What is less common is a brutally honest detailing of that childhood, the thoughts and emotions behind "rebellious" actions and the determination and effort it takes to claw yourself out of those deeply ingrained attitudes and patterns of behaviour. A compelling, gritty and absolutely worthwhile read.
This eloquently written (and well translated) memoir is not an easy read because of the subject matter - though I have no doubt the writing process was considerably more painful, so all credit to Lisbeth Zornig Andersen for undertaking the project.
For all the difficulty of its contents, it is inspiring to see how Lisbeth, with appropriate help and support, learned how to succeed academically, socially and professionally - even to the extent of being able to use her own experiences to help other young sufferers of abuse and neglect. The book allows her to reach further victims in Denmark and beyond, firstly by demonstrating by example to victims that a life begun in abuse and /or neglect can ultimately be a successful one and secondly by helping those working with children and young people to spot the signs of abuse and act on them.
Written by a scandinavian author who suffered a terrible childhood, with both physical and sexual abuse as the result of her alcoholic mother and various partners, this book is a little different. Told in a very detached style (explained at the beginning of the book) it doesn't have superfluous graphic descriptions but enters both the pysche of the abusers/abused. Whilst obviously being repelled by the treatment this woman underwent, I found I was absorbed by the way which she often used things to her own advantage, dealt with her own emotions (and those of others) and eventually went on to lead a successful life as an adult even becoming an ambassador for children's right. Fascinating.
I don’t usually read this kind of book as I find them too upsetting but as this all happened in Denmark, a country I am very fond of and have enjoyed many holidays in, I decided to buy it. I have been to Lolland where the author grew up and was shocked to read of her neglected and abused childhood. I have such respect and admiration for how she has turned out. It’s really a book worth reading.
... then this is very moving documentary/book is for you.
I gave this to my daughter and it helped to understand a lot of issues.
This book is really an account of memories which shaped a child, shaped a teenager, shaped an adult – completely applicable to anyone who wants to understand what happened to them or what happened to someone they know.
A deep, thoughtful and personal account of growing up in underprivilege and neglect. She tells her story apparently very frankly from the perspective of the child as she then was emotionally and intellectually, so, starkly, we see her grow up in dreadful circumstances and we see how she learns to cope - or not. The important adults around her are rarely monsters - instead they are variously ill-educated and feckless, bureaucratic and uninvolved, or (rarely) shining lights of decency and intelligence. Sadly, although her exceptional personality drives her escape from this environment, despite her successful career, she appears to be a somewhat damaged adult. The mind boggles to think what might have become of her in a less caring society than Denmark's.