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A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic
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Jul 17, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 17 to 23, 2012

Lucia is a detective working what should have been an open and shut case. History teacher Simon has a reputation for being a little odd and when he comes to a school assembly and starts shooting no one can say they are completely surprised. This tragedy shakes everyone involved to their core and while Lucia is expected to just write the report and move on she chooses to dig a little deeper. Lucia discovers that Simon has been harassed not only by his students but by other teachers and these incidents grow until two students intentionally break his leg during a faculty-student football (soccer) match. Simon isn’t the only one who has been harassed though, and when one of his students commits suicide after being brutally beaten Lucia begins to see the school has a habit of turning a blind eye to its problems.

This is by no means a “feel good” book and while the story resolves there is no happy ending, which you can expect considering the subject matter. Lelic handles the issues of a school shooting, violence, and bullying with great care and this is what makes the book what it is. He opens up different ways of looking at the incident and gives the reader something to think about. The story is told through multiple perspectives. Lucia is the main voice, but there are chapters from many of those involved from the parents of students, the headmaster, other teachers, and students. Each of these voices adds a new layer and all of them are written with sincerity.

Lelic brings to life many issues that are present in today’s schools and while the book is set in England the issues are, for the most part, universal. This is not a lazy Sunday or beach read kind of book even though it isn’t very long and can be read quickly it’s filled with heavy thoughts and there are sections which will leave you feeling numb. While this is a book I’d recommend you should know what you’re getting into before you start and read with care.

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