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A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
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Sep 15, 2011

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bookshelves: biography, true-crime
Read from September 15 to 18, 2011

I was really disliking the simplistic writing style and incomplete sentences; the book seemed to have been written by a child. Then it dawned on me that essentially she was a child, at least insofar as education was concerned. Kidnapped at age 11, Ms Dugard essentially had a fifth grade education. I give her full points for guts, as she doesn't mince around the most unpleasant aspects of her captivity, and I think she has written an honest account of her experiences. I could have gone without some of the filler, like the recipes and journal entries. I don't understand why she isn't outraged at the situation: a paroled offender kidnapped her with the aid of his wife and held her for 18 years! She should be howling for his execution, or at least castration, but just peters out into thanking the people who helped her after her liberation and expressing a vague interest in helping the animals. I was left with the feeling that I was more outraged over the situation than she was.
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