Posts Tagged “torture”
Posted by Brian Bassingthwaighte in Cultural, Family, Historical Fiction, Mystical, Political, Romance, war, tags: fiction, mental illness, physical abuse, sexual abuse, slavery, torture, war
Island is a rich historical novel of racism and slavery. The first part takes place in what will become Haiti on Sainte-Domingue. Tete is bought by a French sugar plantation owner who rapes her when she is 11. She has two children fathered by her owner. The second one she is allowed to keep. Allende’s strong descriptions of the brutality that slaves lived with all their lives are chilling. The sugar trade in the Antilles was often called “blood sugar.” When the slaves rebel Tete saves her owners life and is promised her freedom and her daughter’s freedom. They flee to New Orleans where the story drags somewhat.
Allende is one of my favorite authors. But this is not one of best works. Still it is a good read.
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LOUNG UNG Life in the killing fields. In four years Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge killed over a quarter of the population of Cambodia. Ung’s memoir is a well written account of a suicidal genocide. She conveys the confusion in the mind of her child self. Slowly her family was taken away and she was filled with Khmer Rouge propaganda. Ung was indoctrinated against the monstrous Vietnamese who were attaching to colonize Cambodia. After liberation by Vietnamese soldiers she learned that the Khmer Rouge were different in various parts of the country. In the east they were “more moderate and humane: the work hours shorter, the food rations were larger, and the soldiers did not kill the villagers indiscriminately.” In the part of Cambodia where Ung’s family was “the cadres were among the most brutally insane.
An excellent read. And I want to read her following history “Lucky Child.”
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This book could have been called The Reluctant Torturer. Victor loved reading but his superior officer, who is also his uncle, won’t allow him to read. The uncle believes he has to make a man out of Victor. The choice: torture or be tortured. Victor is never comfortable with what he does to Lorca. But he does it. There are some graphic descriptions of torture. The poor people of South and Central America who lived through this in the 80′s. Most of it or possibly all of it set up by the CIA. And then Americans are surprised that people of other nationalities don’t like them.
Well written, Breaking Lorca is a must read.
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An infant in a freak show has the ability to transform his his appearance. A strange man come to see him and ends up buying him, cage and all. The hunchback is taken to England and raised and educated. Modo was kept inside. Mirrors were banned so he never knew his deformity. As well as his classical education Modo was trained to be a secret agent. When he turned 14, Mr Socrates, considered his training complete. He handed Modo a mirror then dropped him off in foggy, polluted London. He was abandoned penniless to test his skills.
He gets by and later called on by another of Socrates agents to uncover a sinister plot being carried out in the severs of London. Dr. Hyde is creating monsters of street children to serve his evil purposes. It is a good read but pales in comparisons to Kenneth Opal’s Airborn series. Slade is supposedly making this into a series. I was a pleased to see this novel had a definitive ending. I hate when books end with a set up to read the next book in the series.
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Posted by Brian Bassingthwaighte in Family, Modern, Political, war, tags: government, murder, police, prison, torture, war, wrongful imprisionment
Completely sorrowful yet at times full of joy. Little Bee is a refugee in Britain from Nigeria. In Nigeria people are killed because they witnessed the things that Little Bee saw done to her sister, her parents, her friends and her village. “All the bad stories start with, “And then the men with guns came.” The soldiers were eliminating the people in the way of an oil company.
Only when she manages to get to Britain, she is kept in a “immigration removal centre.” For two years she is detained in this virtual prison until she is released by accident. She has the address of a couple who she had met on a beach so she sets out to find them.
It is not an easy book. The horrors modern war are not pretty. One of the themes is the power of stories – telling the stories of people who died terrible and senseless deaths. There is power in the many. One alone is weak.
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ANTHONY E. ZUIKER
Brilliant concept. Cybernovel. (They have copywrited the term Digi-Novel.) Every twenty pages or so the book refers you to the web page level26.com with a code to see a video of what is happening. The videos are generally well produced. Zuiker was the creater of CSI series so he has access to top quality production. But not all of the videos add to the story and the story is not gentle. Level 26 refers to the fact that law enforcement personnel have a code that categorizes evil on a scale of twenty five levels. Level 25 refers to the sickest murderer-torturers. For this new serial killer they had to create a new level : 26. It is definately adult reading and not for people with queasy stomachs.
Not particulary well written but it is a bit of a page turner. If you can stand the gore. Again set up for the sequel.
Daniel Browning Smith is creepy as all hell as evil incarnate in the video. He is also know as rubber boy the contortionist. Google his name.
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Posted by Brian Bassingthwaighte in Cultural, Feel Good, Modern, tags: indian, poverty, power, prostitution, Q and A, sexual abuse, Slumdog Millionaire, teenager, torture
This is the book that the movie Slumdog Millionaire was based on. And the book is completely different than the movie except for the basic theme and structure. Ram Mohammad Thomas is a contestant for a billion rupees. The book highlights an excerpt from his life that explains how he knew the answer. And what a life! Poverty, desertion, murder, prostitution, abuse, it is all in his life. But there was always some fascit that mattered most. I find it astounding, and if it’s typical of the things she’s asked, no wte of his life that he remembered thas that mattered most. I find it astounding, and if it’s typical of the things she’s asked, no ws that mattered most. I find it astounding, and if it’s typical of the things she’s asked, no wt provided an answer. The neighbour naming the pet Pluto because the kitten is tiny and Pluto is the smallest planet in the solar system. Despite the torture and abuse it is aThis is the book that the movie Slumdog Millionaire was based on. And the book is completely different than the movie except for the basic theme and structure. Ram Mohammad Thomas is a contestant for a billion rupees. The book highlights an excerpt from his life that explains how he knew the answer. And what a life! Poverty, desertion, murder, prostitution, abuse, it is all in his life. But there was always some fascite of his life that he remembered that provided an answer. The neighbour naming the pet Pluto because the kitten is tiny and Pluto is the smallest planet in the solar system. Despite the torture and abuse it is actually a light read. Fun. Now I would like to revisit the DVD.ctually a light read. Fun. Now I would like to revisit the DVD.
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A rousing read. Quite a page turner. GIRL is a continuation of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Set in Sweden, Michael Blomkvist ,the journalist, writer and publisher, is trying to help his friend and one time lover Lisbeth Salander. Salander is wanted for three counts of murder. No one beside Blomkvist is looking for other leads. The murdered couple had researched and written an expose of human trafficking and prostitution. Some powerful people will be named when the book is published by Blomkvist. Salander was severly abused as a child. She trusts no one. Not even a friend.
Again a horrible cover in Canada. I borrowed this pic from Culture Witch.
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