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A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic
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Feb 23, 2012

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A Thousand Cuts is as much a look into the social hierarchy of labeling and disenfranchisement that exists today as a comment on the frustration of children and adults alike when faced with a bully that seems to hold all the power. Lelic takes us from schoolyard bullies, to mean-spirited teachers to Lucia’s co-worker who has taken abuse in the workplace to a terrorizing level. This book will get under your skin. You will feel empathy for Lucia, you will feel sorry for Szajkowski, and your heart will break for the parents of the children killed in the spree. But mostly you will begin to have an eerie feeling creep up your back as you think about the many times you looked the other way and didn’t consider the ultimate result of seemingly harmless teasing. A Thousand cuts is a stark, blunt, no holds barred look at fear and abuse and what happens in the minds of victims who feel they have no place left to go.

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