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Cracks by Sheila Kohler
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Apr 09, 2012

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Cracks was a short and somewhat disturbing read. It is able to excite the reader but lacking in depth at the same time. It does not bore you with endless chapters nor does it puzzle you with complex characters. Even if described by Sheila Kohler in another way, you feel like the girls develop no notable personality and they differentiate from each other only at first sight. It's like all the girls on the swimming team seem to feel about things the same way. I was able to relate to them only through their human passions, needs and jealousy. Also I couldn't understand why Di should be the captain of the swimming team for she does not show any more authority nor does she love Miss G more than the others do. And even Miss G herself, so passionately portrayed by Eva Green in the film directed by Jordan Scott, stays only in the shadows of the trees, as an obscure and untouchable figure. The only one refusing to fit in is Fiamma. Poor girl. She had no idea about the world she would enter by attending this boarding school in South Africa.
However, the fact that it grows to be more and more disturbing is what keeps the story alive. You want to know what's going to happen to Fiamma, even if you have already seen the film. You feel there is a build-up to something terrible and you see the cracks of a shell which is filled with human cruelty and wild passion. You know it's waiting to burst out. And this is exactly what it does.

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Sheila Kohler
“If you find the truth within you, it will save you. If you ignore it, it will destroy you.”
Sheila Kohler, Cracks

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