An excellent portrait of post WWII real life behind the walls of respectability. the 1950s are typically remembered as idylic and tipifying "Family Values," but the human family was still flawed to the point of heartbreak and marring it's children. The generations pass it on. the "redemptive powers of love and understanding" pomised by the dust cover, came too late and not enough for me. Kit and Lewis quickly declare their love and each take off on their separate journeys alone, without family or any true healing from their tramas. I suspect their brokenness will follow them and rear its ugly head many times in the future.
This story started out okay. but I gave it up after gruesome acts. It has been my experience when a story starts going down that road, it doesn't get better. I would not recommend this book.
The theme of this book is 1950s patriarchy and physical abuse. It tells the story of a boy whose mother drowns and who feels abandoned. He cuts himself and ends up in prison. He is redeemed by a young girl. The book is not that well-written.
What if something terrible happens to a 10 year old boy. And then he can't handle the emotions of the event and everyone things he is responsible for it happening. And then everyone who should help him gives up on him and thinks he is a bad person. Except for someone else who is having something bad happen to her. Nothing good ever happens in this bleak book but in the end all is exposed.
As a child, Lewis suffers the tragic loss of his Mother. As time goes by, he becomes emotionally disturbed and he spirals into a pattern of destructive behavior. Set in an era when mental disturbances were totally misunderstood; its a very poignant story, but well worth a read.
A sad but lovely story. You completely feel for the protagonist.
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