Ething that s been around for at least thousands of years and I don t know that moral outrage is the key to stopping it There seems to be a reluctance with this topic to talk about actualities instead of idealsThis all being said I felt the book was slow in parts I felt the plot other than the touching was nonexistent that the part from the wife s perspective was the weakest and went on too long I didn t care about her time in the moonlight with the perpetrator The guys three daughters were so stiff they could have been called cardboard one two and three Also I read the author on say this was made into a play I don t know who the audience for that would be I don t know who the audience for this book would be really there s such a moral outcry against this topic that any slightly impartial viewpoint would be crucifiedGood nough book didn t change my life Whilst the novel makes it clear that Rob has been damaged by Jerry it does allow that all of the adult characters including by his own account the victim are flawed and imperfect people The portrayal of these adults is the most interesting aspect of the narrative because Campbell is interested in how our natures shape our
perceptions of morality and this novel is about perceptionObviously Jerry initiates sexual contact with a child of morality and this novel is about perceptionObviously Jerry initiates sexual contact with a child this *And Is Punished For *is punished for I found it disturbing that he seemed to have drawn a line under his Material Child experience in the Philippines where buying Ernesto was just business as though this was not as serious as what he did at home However we all also tend to minimise our culpability in a past action when we are resolved to try not to repeat it in the future and Jerry does try to change his behaviour because he is aware that it is wrong I think that within the moral universe of this novel this is an important factorBy contrast the boy s parents are also culpable though less blameworthy Forxample Linda s dissatisfaction with her introverted husband is an understandable factor leading to her affair which takes her focus away from her family but isn t it also cheating and betrayal Similarly her husband s introversion and lack of interaction is also understandable some people are simply uiet and introverted but it is a failing Jerry is able to insinuate himself into Robbie s life whilst his parents attention is His Convenient Marchioness (Lords at the Altar elsewhere The adult Rob certainly has this interpretation of thevents when he faces his feelings about them at last To him their unawareness allows them to cast all of the blame onto Jerry and desire his punishment and to resent that imposed on them by their guilt and public humiliation They seek public vindication in the courts but they see their son as damaged Rain Catchers even after they receive itRobbie at least feels that Jerry taking all of the blame is unjust but he cannot say so without being disloyal to his parents and his community He is adrift from community standards in not simply wanting to see the proscribed guilty party punished and be done with it He knows that a part of himselfnjoyed the attention and Broken Promise (Between Worlds even the sex Thevil of all of it is that that because knowingness preceded adulthood he remains a child incapable of taking responsibilities finishing school maintaining a relationship tc He is terribly damaged and wronged by those who were adults at the time that he suffered the abuseI have not mentioned the other adult Mrs Houseman but I see that some reviewers revile her the most It is certainly hard to comprehend what motivates her and why she is so loyal to a man she is appalled by When Robbie gets the news from her that Jerry has died in prison his reaction is to want to kill her This is terribly ironic given that he condemns his mother for having wanted justice Mrs Houseman is constructed as the least selfish of the novel s characters and the adult who suffers the most becaus. Ry Houseman's been touching me Robbie has been molested and the Young family will never be the same From that moment on the novel unfolds with inexorable power The story is narrated in four parts first by Robbie's mother then by Jerry Houseman himself then by Housem. ,
I rated it a 3 because I found it interesting nough to finish and rarely finish books I don t like Although I usually don t need to like or be able to identify with characters of a book in order to like the story I didn t have any respect I broke plans to keep reading this book I rarely find a story I can t put down but this one pulled me inI When Good People Write Bad Sentences enjoy stories on the darker side of the human condition the things so seldom shown in the studio movies Bad book reviews about deplorable characters and terriblevents are often the reason I select a book I am the reader that The Miners Wife enjoys the opportunity to sympathize with the antagonists When a writer can make thatasy I m hooked
Give Me Characters Who Make Regrettable Decisionsme characters who make regrettable decisions me how they feel and how they manage their poor decisions in life This is the depth of character I seek in novelsThe style of writing was also really appealing This writer does a lot of directing for lack of a better term I could see the characters movements in my mind It played like a film a film I d love to watch The structure of this novel is something I haven t Une modernisation manquée (1915-1956) encountered before though I admit I m not the most well read person and I loved it I appreciated the movement of the story in this unusual structure He created a fantastic tumbling pace throughout His segues between past and present in the characters thoughts were wonderfulI think my only criticism is that all of the characters sounded the same but the way their stories played out made itasy to get involved I didn t feel bored by their similar language May Contain SpoilersTouched by Scott Campbell was a uick and very interesting read about a child who has been molested It was broken down into 4 parts told from 4 different character s perspectives The first part is told by Linda the young boy s mother Linda was an okay character however I felt a lot of her responses to what happened was *with concern about herself Is this my fault Did I suspect this and just ignored it that kind of thing *concern about herself Is this my fault Did I suspect this and just ignored it that kind of thing me she was worried about when I didn t know what to Her Hardest Choice expect going in to this book Was it a thriller a drama was the guy guilty didn t know Turns out the book is a very straight forward and believable portrait of a man and boy relationshipWhat I liked about the book is that it was well rounded all the sides were presented and the four sides were presented unslanted Everyone in the story did something wrong and there was no attempt to hide that but at the same time it wasn t glorified People do things that are wrong all the timeThe interesting thing for me was the grey area of the whole situation I feel that pedophilia has become the witch hunt of our times and the witch hunt is doing harm than good I was dating a guy who lived in a different country from his daughter and missed her very much He inuired about a job at a day care and was told no single man wasver going to get that job and it s a shame These kids are missing out on something and so is he There seems to be an attitude of men all being sex fiends and women having to clutch them *To Their Bosom For *their bosom for 247 and that is not goodThe boy in this story was 12 still a child but also capable of having sexual feelings like most kids do I know I did So is this relationship with the man the worst thing that could happen More to the point is it worse than the aftermath of the trial and the whole town knowingAt the same time there were holes in the perpetrators judgment you could drive a truck through How could you love someone only at a certain age What happens when they get older And how do you love someone who isn t fully developed who is so pliable that you can mold them with the slightest contact And there is a responsibility with that powerI m reminded of The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault and the boy love practiced in ancient Greece It s som. Robbie Young is an ordinary twelve year old boy about to drop a bombshell that will devastate his small town family One day he rides his bike home after school finds his mother in the kitchen making dinner and speaks aloud the secret he's been keeping for a year Jer. .
characters Touched Author Scott Campbell.
E of this I thought that it was interesting that she had a religious side and though she obviously was not a Pharisee about church attendance and practice she tried very hard to follow her religious principles what Is Literature? and Other Essays encourage the best in people hope that they will have integrity trust them when they ask for your helptc when it came to moral judgements You might argue that she Passing the Louisiana LEAP Grade 8 in Science enables him to be a monster but if so she pays dearly for it and she never betrays himven though he does her On balance I believe that she is punished disproportionately to her guilt for her loyalty to a man that most of us would have condemned and not attempted to understandIn all then a novel that condemns the wickedness of pedophilia and chronicles its destructive conseuences but also a novel that implies that our outrage and desire to vilify others may arise from our own selfishness that attempts to support others in their struggles may be futile and that trust is not always rewarded Not a very cheerful take on humanity but not a simplistic treatment of sexual abuse ither Disturbing And I have to admit it held my interest Would like to see what other books this author may have written Superb story "about a boy molested by a neighbor The plot is developed through the POV of " a boy molested by a neighbor The plot is developed through the POV of characters The author deftly described the molestation s ffects on people without writing a gratuitous sex scene Interesting premisse but the way it was used left much to be desired Many chapters started with unrelated ponderings of the respective narrators stuff I was not interested in and it didn t ven feel it was building up to something Those long boring introductions were probably supposed to flesh out a character and all that but it only bothered me and I kept thinking get on with the storyStyle wasn t anything remarkable It wasn t bad and it wasn t outstanding Some observations were neat and redeemed the author a little but most were bland and uninteresting Other than the daring subject it was nothing special I guess seeing this unfold from several perspectives may have been interesting for some but I didn t appreciate it Three of the characters were horrible people and one had a horrible thing happen to him shaping the rest of his life The worst character in this book is Jerry Houseman but his wife is a close second and at times *in my mind she was a far worse human being Because she knew *my mind she was a far worse human being Because she knew he was capable of and did nothing at all to stop it And worse yet she didn t stop his friendship with this young boy She allowed it to continue Some might say well what should she have done He was her husband and my answer to that is Whatever it took to protect that child Not very not Slave School even nearvery friendship between a man and a boy is this kind of relationship I would wager a very very small percentage is but his wife knew that this type of relationship had occurred before The relationship between the molested and molester is complex Robbie s viewpoint in the book illustrates that deftly He was a child and had no idea the gravity of what was being done to him what he was doing The mother in this book is a terrible character I disliked her from the first words her character relayed in the book This is a touchy subject I wrote that intending no pun or joking because this is a subject that outrages people with just the slightest mention So partially I m sure that is why I was so angry with this book Other aspects on which to rate a bookStorytelling Poor *Writing Style Mediocre Show Me Don T *style Mediocre Show me don t me Abysmal Characters believability Well done A boy comes home one night and tells his mother the neighbor has been molesting himThat starts an incredibly open and deep xamination of how the thing happened It is told from 4 separate points of view The boy as an adult his mother the molester and the molester s wife Uniue Fascinating. An's wife Linda and concluded by Robbie himself fifteen years later when he has returned to town for a high school reunion Each voice is remarkably persuasive and utterly convincing and the result is a novel that is impossible to put down as it is impossible to forg. ,