A great book which makes the consequences of war and life under colonial rule for ordinary people very real. The South African accent slips quite a bit, but not enough to be distracting.
The narrator's voice is incredibly soothing and caring. After she encourages you to fix your favourite pillow in place and assures you that there is no judgment if you fall asleep whilst she is reading, it took me four days to listen to the entire (very short) book. The bedtime stories are not new, but they do take you back to a time when they mattered for many of us. Somewhere in between thinking that adults 'don't do this' and the alluring sense of feeling that all is okay, it is hard not to submit to sleep. Once listened to, I won't re-listen again too soon, but can't bring myself to delete the book from my library either!
Scientology is so often a topic of celebrity gossip that I paused before buying this book wondering whether it would be voyeuristic. I'm pleased that I went ahead with my inclination to buy it. The story - initially at least - provides some insight as to why scientology is attractive to followers. As the story unfolds one comes to understand that there is quite a divide between 'public' scientologists and those in the administration. As the author describes it, the inner circle of scientology is marked by a culture of conduct which is far from the advertised philosophy. It is marked by behaviour of obedience, control, oppression and disruption of family relationships which is difficult for many to understand why people would accept it. The strength of the book is that it helps those of us who believe that we would always reject attempts to undermine the values that we hold dear to understand that the potential to get hooked is there. Although the story is a little loose in places, it is a worthwhile listen.
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