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Web of Angels by Lilian Nattel
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Jun 28, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction

** spoiler alert ** Before I read this novel, I knew nothing about a mental illness called DID or multiple. I feel sympathetic toward people with this illness, but at the same time, I am curious if this may actually be just another example of the western society’s apparent penchant for creating new mental illnesses by giving new names to human phenomena that are merely idiosyncratic parts of certain people’s personalities, rather than really being a disease.

Regardless of whether this illness is legitimate, I think Nattel wanted to raise awareness that there are people suffering from this, and that there are pedophiles like Cathy’s parents, Debra & Rick, who seem normal from the outside but then are actually creeps who hide behind their computers and commit sexual crimes. But it was not very credible that Debra was a pediatrician and Rick was a university professor, because, in reality, I don’t think highly educated people, let alone highly educated couples, are very likely to be pedophiles, though I acknowledge that it can be anyone and such things don't necessarily have strong correlations with appearance, social status, occupation, and so on. The novel also seems to illustrate the tragic consequences that sexual abuse can have on victims' lives, which is nothing new, however.

I have long been wondering why pedophiles exist. If the answer is that they have been sexually molested themselves in their own childhood, then this can’t be the only possible cause because then what should be the cause for the history's very first pedophile? So there must be other possible causes. And I wonder if the current law set against pedophiles are justified or fair, because I felt some of them are just ridiculous. For example, in the novel, pedophiles, once convicted, are disallowed from going near or even touching children for certain period of time, if not for their entire lifetime. I wonder how much, if at all, the law sees such perpetrators as victims themselves, rather than just giving them a harsh treatment as if they’re monsters or criminals. Or perhaps they shouldn't be seen as victims or criminals in the first place, but rather this may just have to do with their individual personality which shouldn't be considered abnormal, though I find it difficult to understand how one can become sexually excited by children, who have very little or no sexual traits developed in the first place.

Overall, I didn’t like the novel. The characters & events were not very credible & realistic, the plot was uninteresting, and the subject matter was not something that was dear to my heart, at least at this point in time of my life.
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message 1: by Trinity (new)

Trinity Thanks for the spoilers with no warning...

message 2: by A (new) - rated it 2 stars

A Please don't give out spoilers without any warning! Now I can't read this book! :(

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