Dave was in first grade when his unstable alcoholic mother began attacking him. Until he was in fifth grade, she starved, beat, and psychologically ravaged her son. Eventually denying even his identity, Dave's mother called him an "it" instead of using his name. Relentlessly, she drove him to the brink of death before authorities finally stepped in. With faith and hope, Dave grew determined to survive. He also knew that he needed to share his story.
A Child Called "It" is the first of three books that chronicle his life. Through publications and public appearances, Dave is now recognized as one of the nation's most effective and respected speakers about child abuse.
Listen to the second book in David Pelzer's harrowing, multi-part memoir of child abuse: The Lost Boy.
©1995 David Pelzer; (P)2001 Recorded Books
"Pelzer's portrayal of domestic tyranny and eventual escape is unforgettable." (School Library Journal)
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
I work with folk who have come out of, or are in abusive situations... and this book provided insights that I couldn't have learned any other way. I would highly recommend to teachers, social workers, pyschology majors... anyone who has a role involving children. This is an adults remembrance of a childhood that goes from perfect to beyond abusive... all while the child continues to be surrounded by teachers, neighbors and family who fail to see and intervene.
The book is a stark and a difficult listen. The child is resiliant and it does get better... but I wouldn't consider it entertainment, rather education. That said, the world isn't pretty and by being unaware we are missing opportunities to intervene.
Him fighting to survive.
Very emotional book but worth listening to. Would make a very good movie.
Audio is more intense without being sensationalized
There is a second book in David Pelzers saga and both are worth reading. These are books that cannot be equaled.
This story would defy being made into a film. The horror of it could not be duplicated without becoming a sensationalized film as only Hollywood can do. If it were to be filmed, I would never watch it. It only in real life and the spoken word that the story is alive.
David Pelzer is a monument to the strength of the human spirit.
There were many times during this book I would gasp out loud while listening. The abuse describes in this book is not for the feint of heart, but is very well told. The narrator has a nice clear voice.
the fact that the child survived all his mother put him though was the best part
narrator was rather borin, i think maybe if David narrated it, it was have been better
Yes, very moving story. It's hard to believe a child could endure such terrible things.
I wish this were a better review, I really dp. The book happens to be extremely well written; it is compelling, powerful and moving.
So why not 5 stars?
The answer, in short, is that its too good; the recollection of what happened in first and second grade etc. is too vivid, and too exact. Can you recall verbatim dialogue from when you were 9? Maybe here or there, maybe once in a while, but day after day? And by extension, the recall of sequence of very specific events, sounds, smells, gestures, movements are presented in perfectly accurate detail...as if they just happened yesterday.
While I do not want to suggest that Pelzer did not go through hell, I am equally convinced that we live in a day and age when embellishment is confused for non-fiction, and we buy pretending its all real. This seems to also be the conclusion of a July 2002 NY Times Magazine article about Pelzer and his story.
I am therefore left sad; sad for his experience, and equally sad of the way we sometimes look to make money.
Not worth your time or money.
This book is advertised as an autobiography. However, it is little more than a fable written by someone who is not an author. This book is deceiving in its claim to be a true story; and even if it had claimed to being a fable, it would have been deceiving in its weak proses.
This audiobook is quite simply deceiving.
Obviously a tragic story, unfortunately the telling of it left a lot to be desired. It was repetitive and seemed characterless. The extreme abuse was probably accepted by the writer as something he had to just deal with but the story was so bland I didn't even bother listening to the end.
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