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A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
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Jan 10, 12

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Read from January 07 to 10, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

This is pretty much an older version of the story Room. The plot is simple -- Jaycee was kidnapped at age 11 and was "imprisoned" in the backyard room of Phillip who had sexual problems to resolve. For 18 years, Jaycee was under the control of Phillip and Nancy (his wife) and they pretended to be a family. It is a typical story of a girl who was abducted, used for sex, got pregnant and gave birth twice, and survived the great ordeal.

I would consider the novelty of the story would be more on Jaycee's personal reflections of the circumstances of her life. Despite the extraordinary and unusually long and dark tunnel she went through, she came out of it a winner -- greatly wounded but nonetheless, a winner. It is very simply written, quite confusing and off-tangent at times, but it is understandable that someone who went through such a life-changing experience would find it difficult to recount every detail of how it happened. It is good enough to appreciate the strength of character of this woman and how she would not let such an event obliterate her hope for a better future.

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