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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 enjoyed this memoir of a woman who had a rather challenging upbringing. The author admits she doesn't remember everything from her early days, and so her younger years are a lot more vague than her teenage years. I enjoyed it.
It was an enormously interesting read, as it is an account from an abused child viewpoint. I don't know if it sounds a little stiff because it was a translated version, or because it was supposed to be written as a child would have said as the author says at the beginning. Either way, what's recorded is a powerful stuff.
This is an easy read, not terribly compelling in its delivery- mostly factual and insightful. If you compare to other autobiographical books of its kind (women who lived through childhood abuse and trauma), I dont find her story as traumatic as some....for her I'm sure horrific, but I feel that she's either blacked out some of it or chooses not to share. Unlike other young girls in the system, she was surrounded by patient and loving people in the orphanage in foster care. She did not have to fight for food and shelter, or take care of damaged younger siblings, thankfully. If only young women in the system had the resources that they seem to have in Holland. She is very strong and very lucky.