Riverside, CA, United States | Member Since 2006
I was a teen when this happened. I remember the surreal Newsweek cover on our coffee table at home. I thought I had a fairly clear idea of the story, but this book provides many new details. Potential readers should be advised that the events, while interesting, are extremely depressing.
You might wonder what I was expecting, given that I knew the outcome. I can only say that I wasn't expecting such long and graphic descriptions of horrific child abuse. That part of the puzzle I either didn't know before, or had forgotten. It's awful.
And the rest is hardly cheerful.
The book, on the other hand is extremely well done and well read. The author focuses on a few specific members of the People's Temple, shaping the book through them to good effect. The narrator finds the right tone.
If you can stand it, you'll admire it - I'm sure.
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