The one frustrating thing about this book is that it leaves so many questions unanswered. For example, why was David the only child to receive this abuse? He had several brothers, but they were all left alone. Second, what circumstances motivated the mother to commit such hideous acts against her son? The book mentions that alcoholism was a problem for both parents. But simply abusing alcohol would not, by itself, cause a parent to abuse his/her children in such a terrible way. There had to be some deeply rooted psychological problem, but the book makes no attempt to explain this.
Another thing I cannot figure out is the lack of intervention by David’s father. On one hand, he seemed to love David and he did stick up for him from time to time. But why was he so passive and helpless around David’s mother? Why didn’t he make a greater effort to protect his son? And why did all of this abuse suddenly take place when it did? Pelzer says that things were great in the early years of his childhood. Then, without warning, his mother turned into a vicious, evil witch, delighting in the suffering that she was inflicting upon her son. What caused this sudden change in his mother?
Pelzer’s account of his childhood will grip you with emotion, leaving you confused and angered. The book seems so unreal that you will wonder... [continues]
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