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The Slave Across the Street by Theresa L. Flores
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Aug 27, 11

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Read in August, 2011

Perhaps because the author spent so much time emphasizing that doubt of this story is a form of re-victimization I feel the need to start this review with I do not doubt the veracity of the story. Nor do I doubt that Theresa felt she had no options. Nor do I doubt that this type of thing happens more often than we might believe in the United States. All that said, I can only give the book two stars. It was a quick and easy read, not due to the content but the simplisitc writing style. Perhaps the writing style was reflective of the 15 year old whose experience were being told. The commentary at the end of the book struck me as a somewhat extraneous means to attempt to validate the story. The editing in those ending commentaries was quie weak - multiple misspellings and other typographic errors. But the biggest concern that I have with the book is that it struck me as rather racist (despite the commentary, buried in the end, that this was not its intent) painting Chaldean men as evil and vicious. I don't know any Chaldean men but I can't believe that because those in this book were tied up in whatever business likened to the mafia all Chaldean men are evil and vicious - any more than all Mexican men are involved in drug cartels or all Italian men are somehow tied to the Mafia or.....It is unfortunate that the publication of this book comes at a time when the Arab world is seen in a largely negative light by Americans and that while these Arab men are not Muslim I believe this book will fuel the hatred. All in all, I found it to be a superficial presentation of a complex issue.
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Mary I do not view this book as racist. I think because she had such a traumatic experience with these men it may come across as pretty strong.


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