Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A Horrible Topic - A Heartbreaking Book

Taking a co-worker's recommendation, I bought a copy of this book. Within the first twelve pages, tears started running down my cheeks. The book deals with the darker side of human beings and leaves me both heartbroken and enraged.

12 Comments:

At February 8, 2006 at 10:24:00 AM EST, Blogger Rafi G said...

a heart-rending book. Truly horrific. How could any human being sink so low to do that to another? REead the sequel next.

 
At February 8, 2006 at 10:39:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Rafi: I just ordered it this morning. What did you think about the sequel?


a link to the sequel

 
At February 8, 2006 at 12:54:00 PM EST, Blogger Rafi G said...

it filled in more of the details. was more of the actual story, albeit as he was little older, if my memory serves me..

Thed etails are even more graphic, but it is more optimistic as you see him coping..

 
At February 8, 2006 at 12:57:00 PM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thanks for your thoughts on it.

 
At February 8, 2006 at 8:09:00 PM EST, Blogger The real me said...

I read that book when I was 14, a horrible story, that shows us how low people can stoop.

It also showed that we can always forgive.

 
At February 8, 2006 at 9:48:00 PM EST, Blogger Stevin said...

I was completely heartbroken by this book. I think every new parent should read it.

 
At February 8, 2006 at 11:28:00 PM EST, Blogger Stacey said...

It sounds heartbreaking. :(

 
At February 9, 2006 at 6:28:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

The Real Me: What was it like reading it as a teenager?

Stevin: I totally agree with you!

Stacey: It was. Sometimes I find that it is good for me not always to read books on happy subjects.

 
At February 9, 2006 at 5:07:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read this book, and the contents are truly horrendous. However, recently the author has come under scrutiny and there is actually some debate as to whether or not the events took place. The main argument for this point is that a human being who would go through that would not emerge as normal and functional and this man has. Just thought you might want to know.

 
At February 9, 2006 at 8:19:00 PM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Anonymous: I was not aware of that. Would you be able to provide me a link which substantiates this rumor?

 
At February 12, 2006 at 5:47:00 PM EST, Blogger MC Aryeh said...

ASJ - There was an article in the July 28, 2002 New York Times called "Dysfunction for Dollars" that apparently challenges the veracity of Pelzer's memoirs, quoting among others Pelzer's own brother. I don't think the book has ever been unqualifiably disproven though. In general, when reading a memoir, I usually assume it is based in truth with some fictional or created memory embellishments thrown in.

 
At February 12, 2006 at 7:09:00 PM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

MCAryeh: Thanks for the information. I will look into it.

 

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