RE: RARA-AVIS: Horrible Terrible Awful things happening to children.

From: Ron Clinton (
Date: 28 Apr 2009

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    > That reminds me: far and away the most disturbing book I've ever read
    about child
    > abduction/abuse is Sabine Dardenne's I CHOOSE TO LIVE. This was written by
    > Belgian girl who was abducted from her bicycle on her way to school. She
    was held
    > in a bunker under an abandoned house for months and used as a sex slave.
    > other little girls held by the same sociopath died of starvation when he
    left them for
    > a two week vacation. Dardenne's survival is a testament to her extreme
    > and intelligence.
    > Patrick King

    The last line may be true and give an otherwise exploitative and prurient work inherent value, but I simply would not be able to read that type of book. As a reader of genre fiction that is definitely not of the cozy variety -- horror, suspense, noir, hardboiled, etc. -- I read a lot of rough and tough stuff. But kids and abuse and torture...that's the one place I can't go.

    Anyone else? Or am I just overly sensitive in this regard?

    Ron C.

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