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The Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine
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Jul 30, 11

Read in December, 2009

Finished 11th February 2009.

This was a strange book. Hard to put down. I did not find a single character that I could feel true sympathy with, Gerald was arrogant and domineering. I wanted to shake Ursula for being so submissive and accepting of his mental abuse. The daughters were spoilt and immature. What a family but a good read and I was intrigued to find what his secret was at the very end of the book! I can't see why the events would cause Gerald to become so unloving and hard, can somone change so much so suddenly?
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Chana I also asked myself that question as the person he was before was kind and goodhearted. I think it is possible though if the event was traumatizing enough, which it was. He probably lost his identity, personality destroyed, he died in a way and had to make a new person of himself. That he did this in the physical world as well the emotional world was, IMO, interesting and good writing.

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Oska Fanga I am a little perplexed by Gerard.s disdain of his wife, but then again the environment for homosexuals was terribly hostile then,, it ceated monsters out of good ppl. A great read indeed and beautifuly written.

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