I will hear this author speak in person at the local university in a couple of months. I have heard so much about Dr. Bruce Perry over the years. I wanted to read one of his books in preparation for his visit. I am so glad I did! Although colleagues suggest that this one is the harshest in terms of the stories of abused children, it wasn't any worse than what I've seen in real life in my profession of 30 years, sadly. I got great hope from the book as I heard about lives recovered, although not every story ended happily.
The story that triggered the title of the book is a compelling one. This was not a case of purposeful neglect, but in the end the damage could have been the same as if it was inflicted from malice. Discovering how it came to be that this boy was raised as a dog opened my heart and mind to imagining what can happen without close family nearby to step in after the loss of a parent.
In every anecdote, my favorite was the moment of discovery of what happened, and the care with which the therapist helped others understand the impact on the young brain, how growth was stunted and how it needed to be handled to get it growing again--or at least adapting enough to become functional.
The danger of making this into a movie or TV show is that children's lives would be exploited. I would like to see it made into a PBS Special.
I learned a great deal from this book. Even if a child has not been traumatized, there are developmental milestones that need to be attended to. I'm very glad I read it and highly recommend it. I look forward to Dr. Perry's visit.
The story begins with young children who are brilliant and best friends. I cared about what happened to them later in life.
I enjoyed getting to know "Lij"--Elijah--the main character. As gifted as his best friend, he was more fully rounded as a character.
Mil Nicholson's pronunciations are perfect, and she moves smoothly and consistently from character to character, selecting voices that match the people who are speaking as I see them in my imagination.
I was so relieved when...well, but that would be telling! No spoilers! Indeed, there were points in the story at which I came to care more about the characters, and saying anything else would ruin the fun for the next reader!
I have not read or heard a book by Gary Bullock before and wondered what it would be like. Mr. Bullock is clearly very well-read, and his syntax is excellent. He creates what the late John Gardner called "a vivid and continuous dream." I think he's got real promise and I hope he keeps writing. I will certainly read his other works--if and when I find any!
The story is engaging. I did not finish it because I found the narrative sections between the chapters so horrifying. I can't see the source of what is being read in these intersections. I have guessed whose words they might be, but the words create such a lascivious depiction of the sensuous act of murdering a woman that I just couldn't go on. I am certain in the end it will turn out those were the words written by the murderer who will be portrayed as a monster and the author of monstrously horrifying "marketing" for murder. But listening to those words being read aloud--knowing that there are sick-os who would enjoy hearing a woman's voice delineate the sensuous delights of slowly killing someone--I was just too offended.
The plot and setting are unusual: a movie about a serial killer and the involvement of a pregnant detective. (That probably added to my horror--putting the pregnant detective in proximity of this hideous person....)
Extreme in the extreme. It made me nauseous.
Maybe if the narrator were to provide attribution regarding the intersections--I don't know. I am very disappointed.
It's among the top 10
I lived in this era but really can't say I knew what was going on. These behind the scenes stories are "Ahha!" moments for me, helping me understand my own era much better.
I've been completely caught up in Hilary Clinton! She's admirable, interesting, complex....
I was most touched by Hilary's efforts--and by history's unwillingness to cut her a break.
Glad I bought this book.
Faced with a complex, life-changing decision recently, I intuited the best decision in a matter of seconds and took a leap into a new work opportunity. It turned out to be--in so many ways--the very best possible decision I could have made, but I wondered how I could have sensed that so readily. It really SHOULD have taken hours of discussion and analysis. When I saw this book title (and the author name), I was certain it would help me understand my own processes, and it certainly did. The book is packed with riveting examples of crucial decisions that made life or death differences for many. I have so much more understanding of and respect for the role of the corpus collosum as a result of "reading" this book. I highly recommend it as a very accessible book about the mind.
From the moment this book began, I was drawn into the story and looked forward to my long commute each day just so I could "read" more. I look forward to playing it for my husband on our next cross-country trip. There's plenty here for both of us: war scenes, love stories, intrigue, tragedy, cross-cultural interest, historical accounts, hair-raising adventure: So glad I purchased it!
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