Good Lord....not an easy read....dark....heartbreakingly sad....exasperating....shocking....and animal lovers will be appalled! Maude Julien relays her traumatic childhood with poignancy and literary finesse. She says her story really begins with her mother. First published in France, the English translation may have lost some of the writing quality--I felt like I was reading a list of bad things that happened to her, instead of a true memoir with reflection and good storytelling. [She did end up with liver damage at a young age. I honestly do not even have words for the horrors that happened in this poor woman's life as a child. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. First published in France, the English translation may have lost some of the writing quality--I felt like I was reading a list of bad things that happened to her, instead of a true memoir with reflection and good storytelling. The Girl in the Book is a 2015 American drama film written and directed by Marya Cohn in her directorial debut. It’s hard to overstate the achievement, of relaying years of real trauma with poetic immediacy. Locked in a basement, tied down, kept there overnight to ponder death, rats scurrying around her feet. It damages the book’s addictively blistering flow, but at the same time, she expands the story’s bounds of emotional intelligence. If any one character could be "precious" it would be sweet Maude. This was billed as a "Glass Castle" type of book, but the only correlation is that the author had a horrible childhood. I do not enjoy translated titles, and could immediately pick up that this was not originally written in English. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. That child was Maude, on whom her father. Little, Brown and Company, You won't be able to shake the harrowing memoir. The Only Girl in the World is an extraordinary memoir about madness, control and the survival of horrific childhood abuse. Her parents were mentally and physically cruel to her and I feel sorry for her. Were there no people who could have rescued her? Didion the ogre sets excruciating expectations....often of a tortuous nature and demands satisfaction....AND then OMG there's Raymond the vampire! My father believed the world was divided between those who were mentally and physically strong, and those who were weak and lazy.
The book's description lays out some of the torments Maude Julien's parents inflicted on her from birth in the guise of producing a "superhuman" creation.
My multiple audible gasps while working through The Only Girl in the World were partly a result of its author’s ability to so artfully capture the meaning and depth of her survival.
The Only Girl in the World is an inspiring testament to the resilience of the human spirit.Maude Julien’s childhood was defined by the iron grip of her father, who was convinced his daughter was destined for great deeds. The first half is especially stunning: Her writing ferociously juxtaposes childlike innocence with the increasingly unhinged. Never reveal anything’”.
Raised in the most horrific of circumstances, by a mother acquired by the father just to provide him with a child he could mold into a super person, and a father who has to be insane, she found the will to survive. The challenge, on the face of it, is to turn what amounts to a horror tale of abuse and captivity into something readable and literary.
I've said this before but just wanted to reiterate - my rating of a memoir reflects my experience of reading the book, not a judgement on the authors live. The way Julien, in real time, traces her father’s decay, or how music goes from a tool for survival to a mode for expression, creates poignant character and motif arcs that elevate the material. • The Only Girl is published by Virago (£18.99). The story was so bizarre that I could hardly believe it was a work of non-fiction. Heartbreaking, touching and beautifully written. Maude Julien's father Louis chose his future wife and mother of his child, Jeannine, when she was only six and he was 34. Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book.
He is the stuff that nightmares are made of, every child's boogeyman. Refresh and try again. His plan began when he adopted Maude’s mother and indoctrinated her with his esoteric ideals. "My father took my mother away from her family when she was 6 years old," she says.
He is the stuff that nightmares are made of, every child's boogeyman.
But maybe that is a product of her upbringing? ", On her father's ideas about weakness and strength. Julien’s care for telling her story in a lucid way is evident, and strangely empowering. Smiling finds no favour in his eyes either. So I had to learn a lot to get out of my mental prison. Start by marking “The Only Girl in the World” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Her eventual escape, coordinated by a music teacher as she aged into her teens, marked the culmination of an unfathomable ordeal. Free UK p&p over £10, online orders only… Your purchase helps support NPR programming.
The story was so bizarre that I could hardly believe it was a work of non-fiction. The Only Girl in the World NPR coverage of The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien and Adriana Hunter. What Maude endured is unimaginable, and I can only say thank God for a savior (no spoiler here) and the light at the end of the tunnel. But he was her father, and the horrors he inflicted were as if ripped from Grimm's fairytales at their. This may have been because she did not have a good sense of herself. To see what your friends thought of this book. Julien, a therapist specializing in psychological control, makes her creative nonfiction debut by telling her childhood story. from the ... Little, Brown, $27 (288p) ISBN 978-0-316-46662-2. I'm so glad Maude made it through to the other side so that she can share her story with the world. She had to wait on him hand and foot. Julien convinces you not with the details of the story, but with the way they’re presented — with the book itself. My father had a megalomaniac personality, and from a psychopathological point of view, we consider that he was paranoiac. I won a copy of, The Only Girl in the World, in a Goodreads giveaway. 3.5 stars. ‘Do you want to be the village idiot?’ he asks if he catches me gazing up at the sky with a smile on my face. She was a genius. "He sent my mother to the university ... so that when he would later have a daughter, the little girl would not have to go to school. Your face must be serious and expressionless in order to confuse your adversaries. I wasn't allowed to let the bells tinkle, as it meant that I was moving. A very well-written memoir, and equally sad and inspiring. We experience the exhausted, pained release of the book’s final line right along with her.
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