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LinaMuellerPosts:566Joined: 09 Jun 2019, 13:222019 Reading Goal: 502019 Reading Goal Completion: 108Currently Reading:Bookshelf Size: 67Reviewer Page:onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-linamueller.htmlLatest Review:End of Tour by Pete Thron
3 out of 4 stars
Nobody’s Home by Robert Sherriff is a short autobiography that tells all the traumatic events that happened in the life of an Australian boy until the present day. As much as Robert went through horrible situations like beatings and rape, it was the lack of family love that caused the most psychological damage. His father, besides beating the child, never showed any affection and often called him “stupid.” The mother, who seemed to be a victim of circumstances, could never do anything and tolerated the abusive behavior of her husband (who in Australia, at the time, was considered the almighty family patriarch).
What I found most interesting in the book was the fact that the author, after having a terrible childhood and having been through degrading situations such as beatings, rape, and widespread indifference, yet he managed to achieve high spirituality, have a family and be happy. Few people win in life, and there is no question that Robert Sherriff is a winner. This book is a very positive story of overcoming obstacles and faith.
One negative aspect of the book is the fact that the chapters don’t necessarily follow a chronological order. For the most part, I considered it a valid poetic license, as if the author remembered traumatic events at random in consultation with a psychologist. There is, however, a chapter on Australian politics that has nothing to do with anything. In my view, the author should delete it.
Sadly, the book’s editing is not so good. I found some incomplete sentences, redundant articles, and inconsistent punctuation, but there is no doubt that comma misuse is a prevalent error and the main issue. I estimate there must be over 100 cases of comma misuse.
Summarizing the above, Nobody’s Home deserves 3 out of 4 stars. It is an exciting and thought-provoking book. After learning about everything the author has gone through, the reader wonders if the problems of everyday life are that problematic. The poor editing made me take one star off the score.
I recommend this book to any adult who is interested in stories of overcoming. I can’t recommend Nobody’s Home to anyone under 18. It’s not a matter of puritanism. The book, however, has descriptive scenes of pedophile sex abuse. And I’m not talking about something implicit but violent scenes describing a government agent raping a child. The author used a lot of profanity, as well. One can’t expect that the characters portrayed in this book who are pedophiles, alcoholics, and violent outlaws won’t use profanity in a dialogue.
When you have done, pray tell me
That I my thoughts may dim;
Haste! lest while you’re lagging.
I may remember him!
rumikPosts:461Joined: 21 Jun 2019, 10:37Currently Reading:Bookshelf Size: 26Reviewer Page:onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-rumik.htmlLatest Review:Long About Ten Years by Paul O. Snawder, Vera Hensley, Carol Wooten
Post by rumik » 11 Nov 2019, 15:14Reading about all those terrible events would probably make me too sad, so I’ll skip this one. Thanks for the great review though!Latest Review:Long About Ten Years by Paul O. Snawder, Vera Hensley, Carol WootenTop
Post by Meg98 » 11 Nov 2019, 18:55I think this book is a bit too heavy for me, so I’m going to pass for now. I do commend the author for overcoming his terrible obstacles… that is truly inspirational. Thanks for this thorough, excellent review! Cheers:)Oh love, never be afraid to fly Latest Review:Finding A Job in Tough Times by Dr. Tim JohnsonTop
FalconcrestPosts:205Joined: 23 Jun 2019, 13:092019 Reading Goal: 1002019 Reading Goal Completion: 15Currently Reading:The Girl In White PajamasBookshelf Size: 106Reviewer Page:onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-falconcrest.htmlLatest Review:We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz
Post by Falconcrest » 11 Nov 2019, 20:06There is nothing more tragic than abuse that has no place in this world. Whatever form it may present itself it’s unacceptable and a crime. Congratulations to the author for having the courage to write this book. I will be reading this. Thanks for the great review.Latest Review:We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies by Matthew TyszTop 4 posts • Page 1 of 1
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