Terrorized Childhood: Family relationships in One Native Life

 

Aboriginal people have always struggled since white people arrived in North America and claimed ownership of the land that had been occupied by Indigenous peoples for a thousands of years. “One Native Life” written by Richard Wagamese shows that family relationships were affected by separation, isolation and suffering. Even though Richard had not seen his biological family for more than twenty years, his relationship with them was filled with reconnection, love, and happiness while he had an horrible relationship with his adopted family.

In “One Native Life”, the relations Richard had with his adoptive family were unhealthy and less fulfilling. In fact, the narrator describes himself when he was a foster kid: “ As a foster kid I had rarely felt like a real part of family things. At celebrations, I was ignored for the most part. There was always a sharp sense of difference, of separation, and I learned to see things from the sidelines.” (Wagamese, 35) This passage shows how isolated and different young Richard felt the he lived with his adoptive family. Wagamese’s adoptive family was also denying him from expressing himself or to show any signs of his culture. In reality, Wagamese says “My adopted parents were pragmatic, concrete thinkers, for them, there were no grey areas. There was no room for flights of fancy or imagination. Everything was a regimen.” (Wagamese, 57) In other words, Richard could not do what he wanted to express himself as the Ojibway he was inside since the beginning. Moreover, he was told strictly how to behave by his adoptive parents when physical punishment was used a lot against him. As a matter of fact, the author describes in his novel what his childhood looked like: “ Physical punishment  was the rule in that home, and it was the last thing I needed. When I was strapped and beaten, it only exacerbated the trauma in me. When I banished to my room, it only embedded the isolation I felt.” (Wagamese, 74) All of that say Wagamese suffered from an enormous trauma form living with this family. They denied his culture as weak as making him feel alone and different.

Once he had reconnected with his biological family, Wagamese felt that he was finally suitable in this family culture as well as being himself. In his novel, Wagamese describes his reconnection as a life-changing moment: “ My reconnection led me to other things. I found ceremony and ritual, and through them O started to see myself as part of the great creative wheel spiritual energy that I learned exists all around us. Being a Wagamese was all about belonging, fitting.” ( Wagamese, 122) This quote displays that he finally felt a part of a family and culture, that he could express himself freely without any judgments. Further in the novel, the narrator expresses his thoughts about who he really is: “ “I am not a Wilkinson. I was never meant to be. I was created to be a male ; Ojibway human being.” (Wagamese, 123) This passage also shows that now that he reconnected with his family, he finally found who he truly is as well as developing healthier family relationships. In addition, the author also describe how the past circumstances had denied him the opportunity to reconnect with his culture: “ I laugh about it now, that collision of cultures,but back then it confused me. I was so desperate to reconnect, so needy for definition that the cultural anachronism was jarring. I wanted my people to be as tribal as I dreamed them. But time and circumstances had made that impossible.” (Wagamese, 135) In other words, Richard Wagamese had difficulties in the past with his adoptive family who denied him from his culture in comparison with his new family. Now that he behaves like an Ojibway, he wants everyone around him to share the new culture that he struggled to reconnect with since he was adopted.

In conclusion, Richard Wagamese’s relationships with his biological family were way better than the ones he had with his adoptive family. His biological family helped him heal from the horrible childhood he had as well as showing him his real culture. He finally felt happy and fulfilled with his actual family in comparison with his adoptive family. “One Native Life” shows us that everyone including families were affected by what white people were doing to them psychologically. This novel shows really accurately how many Aboriginal people’s life looked like at this time.

Works Cited

Wagamese, R. “One Native Life”. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre Publishers Inc., 2009.

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Discriminatory issues: Homophobia in our modern society

Several social problems had happened in our worlds such as poverty, famine, gender inequality, and homophobia. Even though society has increased its acceptance of gays and lesbians, homophobia is still present in schools, workplaces, public places and at home. People have negative reactions towards homosexuals because it is not considered the norm and does not respect gender roles that are established by our society. This is a problem that affects our society because homosexuals and lesbians still struggle with acceptance by other people, their families, and peers based on what is considered the norm by the modern society. All of that to say homophobia is still a social issue in our modern society and made worse because of bullying in schools and in the workplace as well as difficulties with the acceptance of their sexual orientation by their family.

Homophobia is still an issue in public places such as where LGBT people work. In fact, A  2008 GSS survey have found that 42% american respondents who identified as either gay, lesbian or bisexual have experienced at least one form of employment discrimination where 27% of them have suffered from discrimination for 5 years prior to the survey. (Pizer,Sears, Mallory and Hunter, 2012) Even if workplaces have improved their acceptance of homosexuality, some countries such as the  United States still struggle with homophobia. Surveys have found that employment discrimination happens more than society is really aware. As a matter of fact, a 2009 survey also found that 58% of LGB respondents have heard derogatory comments about their sexual identity and gender identity in their respective workplace. (Pizer et al., 2012) Homophobia in the workplace has psychological impacts on the employees that are victims of discrimination at work. Despite the fact that gays or lesbians are less likely to be discriminated because of their sexual orientation in Canada, there is still a lot of work to do. In comparison with the United States, Canada is more tolerant but do not diminish homophobia enough. In fact, 34% of gay and 40% of lesbians in Canada have experienced employment discrimination (Angus Reid Public Opinion, 2011). Homophobic discrimination is present everywhere even if you cannot see it all the time which explains why it is a social issue in our world.

The acceptance of homosexuality from family members is still an issue in our modern society. This phenomenon was founded to be present in father-son relationship about homosexuality. As a matter of fact, a study on gay father/sons and gay sons/father shows that 68% of fathers of gay sons have shown homophobic behaviors prior to coming out in comparison to 52% of sons of gay fathers  (Bucher, 2014). Even though more parents are accepting homosexuality as something normal, there are still exceptions to the rule. In reality, coming out as homosexual seems harder than it seems for the LGBTQ youth in the United States. A study on LBGTQ youth families in California shows that in families with low level of acceptance, the LBGTQ youths were more likely to have less self-esteem, less social support, more risk to develop depression as well as a higher risk for substance abuse (Ryan, Russell, Huebner, Diaz, and Sanchez, 2010). Moreover, 56.8% of LGBTQ youth with a low percentage of acceptance by their family attempt suicide in comparison with 30.9% in high level of acceptance family (Ryan et al, 2010). Being accepted for who they are seems to be an important thing for LGBTQ youth in California. The less acceptance they received from their family, the more likely they tend to feel disgust about themselves and considering suicide at some point. In reality, 38.3% of LGBTQ youth with low acceptance of their sexual orientation by their family have had suicidal thoughts in the past 6 months in comparison with 18.5% of those with high rate of acceptance. (Ryan et al, 2010) All of that to say that not every families accept their children for their sexual orientation which proves that it is a social issue in our modern society.

Disregarding how much progress there has been made to solve the problem that homophobia cause, the LGBT community still get homophobic teasing at schools. Studies in the United States has found that in New York schools, 70% of the LGB students were harassed because of their gender preference/sexual orientation (Birkett, Espelage and Koenig,  2008). It also found that 40% of them experienced physical harassment due to their sexual orientation 64.3% felt unsafe because of it.( Birkett et al., 2008) The United States is not the only one to struggle with this issue in their schools. Canada is pretty tolerant towards homosexuality since gay marriage was legalized and everything. However, harassment is still an issue in our Nordic country. Indeed , 61% of gay and 66% of lesbians students were verbally harassed at school in Canada (Taylor & Peters, 2011). Teasing gets worst when countries like the United States reveals their statistics. As a matter of fact, an American’s study shows that in the United States, 86.2% of LGBTQ students were homophonically harassed and 66.5% because of their gender expression. (Taylor & Peters, 2011) Not only homophobia is a social issue in North America, it is also a problem in other countries such as Portugal. In fact,  in Portuguese’s schools, 30% to 50% of LGB youth have experienced homophobic violence, sexual violence, social exclusion and isolation. (Rodrigues, Grave, de Oliveira,& Nogueira, 2015) In other words, bullying is not only based on race and ethnicity in our modern schools, it is also based on the sexual orientation of the student and how they behave at schools to meet the gender roles which makes it a social issue.

Regarding psychological and behavioural impacts of homophobia in our modern society, researchers have found that homophobia can result in a higher risk of depression, increased in suicidal thoughts, substances abuse, suicide attempts, school problems such as  lower grades and difficulty to concentrate in class, a low self-esteem as well as mental and health issues. Some studies have found that in families with low level of acceptances, the LBGTQ youths were more likely to have less self-esteem, less social support, more risk to develop depression as well as a higher risk for substance abuse (Ryan et al, 2010). Moreover, 56.8% of LGBTQ youth with low percentage of acceptance by their family attempt suicide in comparison with 30.9% in high level of acceptance family (Ryan et al, 2010). The stress from coming out and being constantly harassed and bullied at schools put them at risk of depression, suicide, substance abuse, and school problems such as a decreased in schools performance and difficulties to concentrate in class. (Birkett et al., 2008) Finally, homophobia can results in mental disorder and health issues. In fact, high levels of perceived discrimination and fear of discrimination towards LBGT people result in a high link with psychiatric disorders, psychological distress, depression, loneliness and low self-esteem. (Pizer et al., 2012) 

There are no countries in this world that does not have social issues even in hog-industrialized countries. However, some solutions exists to solve the problem of homophobia such as creating a positive environment for the LGBTQ community. Indeed, creating a more positive environment where homophobic bullying is forbidden could be an important intervention to improve psychological outcomes for LGB students. (Birkett et al., 2008) To create a positive environment, a solution could be to provide more awareness to people by showing more advertising, talking more in schools and workplaces to help educate people about homosexuality is normal as well as helping creating a positive environment. Why does it matters? Well,  according to Stonewall’s 2014 research on homophobia in schools shows that 50% of primary teachers witnesses homophobic behaviour against boys who are not masculine or into sports. (Stonewall, 2014) Moreover, the study says “more than one in ten say that pupils whose parents or carers are gay are bullied, and one in five say that pupils who are perceived to be lesbian, gay or bisexual are bullied” (Stonewall, 2014) Lastly,  70% of the teachers who participated in the research says that they have been aware of a lot of homophobic comments by students against other students. (Stonewall, 2014) This solution would be efficient to help solve this social issue because it has been proved efficient in some schools that have tried this method. In fact, Brian K. Marchman, a high school teacher from the P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, teach a mini-unit about homophobia during 5 years and received positive results from it. Marchman says “In the five years I have taught this mini-unit, I have found that involving my students in working on solutions to homophobia within the context of the school community is the most effective technique for empowering them to think critically about their own predispositions regarding homophobia.” ( Marchman, 2002, 304) In other words, he says that homophobia prevention seems to provides great awareness and his students told him that it is an unit worth teaching.  (Marchman, 2002) Some organizations are working on solving homophobia by teaching awareness as much as they can in schools and public places. In fact,  the organism #StopHomophobia is an example of online international organism that supports the LGBTQ community as well as providing educational tools and advertising to stop homophobia. Their purpose is to report, share stories and help to build a community spirit. They also offered tools to prevent suicide among the LGBTQ community

Works Cited

Angus Reid Public. (2015). Opinion Most LGBT Working Canadians Experience Tolerance But Some Discrimination Persists. For Immediate Release Canadian LGBT Survey, 1-19. Retrieved October 17, 2017.

Birkett, M., Espelage, D. L., & Koenig, B. (2009). LGB and questioning students in schools: The moderating effects of homophobic bullying and school climate on negative outcomes. Journal of youth and adolescence, 38(7), 989-1000.

Bucher, J. (2014). “But He Can’t Be Gay”: The Relationship between Masculinity and Homophobia in Father-Son Relationships. The Journal of Men’s Studies, 22(3), 222-237.

Marchman, B. K. (2002). Teaching about homophobia in a high school civics course. Theory & Research in Social Education, 30(2), 302-305.

Pizer, J. C., Sears, B., Mallory, C., & Hunter, N. D. (2012). Evidence of Persistent and Pervasive Workplace Discrimination Against LGBT People: The Need For Federal Legislation Prohibiting Discrimination and Providing for Equal Employment Benefits. Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, 45, 715th ser., 715-779. Retrieved April 6, 2017.

Rodrigues, L., Grave, R., de Oliveira, J. M., & Nogueira, C. (2016). Study on homophobic bullying in Portugal using Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA). Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología, 48(3), 191-200.

Ryan, C., Russell, S. T., Huebner, D., Diaz, R., & Sanchez, J. (2010). Family acceptance in adolescence and the health of LGBT young adults. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 23(4), 205-213.

Taylor, C., & Peter, T. (2011). “We Are Not Aliens, We’re People, and We Have Rights.” Canadian Human Rights Discourse and High School Climate for LGBTQ Students. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie, 48(3), 275-312.

Nerve and 1:54 movie review

In the past week, I injured my foot while doing sprints and working too much in a standup position which made it worst. I have to take some rest for a whole week minimum which makes my day boring. However, the activities that don’t require movement are movies and books. I decided to watch some movies and review them as well as books in my next post. 

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1:54 – Yan England French movie (2016)

1:54, a social / psychological drama thriller, tells the story of Tim, a 16-year old timid yet brilliant student (played by Antoine Olivier Pilon), who has been suffering from bullying in school and seemingly non-stopping intimidation and menace for the last 5 years by some of his schoolmates and particularly at the hands of the arch-bully in his school Jeff Roy (played by Lou-Pascal Tremblay). Tim who lives with his father (played by David Boutin) after his mother’s early death, cannot confide in his own father despite the latter’s efforts to get to the bottom of what is ailing his son.

Tim’s situation becomes even more precarious in his grade 11 years, because of his continuing friendship with classmate Francis (played by Robert Naylor), a gay youth and Tim’s own sexuality issues and his increasing infatuation with Francis, although Tim is reluctant of going public about it. Tim is reluctant to go to the school authorities as he is “no snitch”, but finds solace in the friendship of Jennifer (played by Sophie Nélisse), a schoolmate who takes Tim’s case to heart. After a dramatic outing of Francis, and Tim’s erratic behavior distancing himself at least publicly from him for the fear of being exposed himself, Francis commits suicide despite Tim’s pleas.

Viewers gradually learn that Tim used to be a star runner but had stopped a couple of years back when his mother died. Mr. Sullivan (played by Patrice Godin), the coach of the school running team, is pushing hard to have Tim return to racing, and eventually, Tim decides to do just that — mainly because he sees it as his opportunity to get even with Jeff. His move to join “Les Coriaces” a sports club for the sole ambition of qualifying for the Nationals for the 800 m running event, the specialty of his tormentor and school star athlete Jeff. This is Tim’s way of getting even with Jeff for all the suffering Jeff has caused. The title 1:54 is the time Tim has to make running the 800 m to qualify to the Nationals for the distance

1:54 is a movie made by Yan England, a popular teen tv show actor in Quebec. He decides to put all the great young actors of Quebec youth in this movie that literally made cry all movie. Tim is a 16 years old boy who is hiding his homosexuality since the beginning of his high school journey with his boyfriend Francis. Jeff, one of his long time enemies, bullied them since the beginning with his other bully friends. Jennifer, a girl in the athletism team, tries to help Tim get over it. However, Francis had enough of all this bullying and said publicly that he was gay while Tim denied it because he did not want Jeff to bully him more.

One day, Francis threw himself down a bridge while saying “I love you Tim”. Tim could not stop thinking about him since his death, and what comes next is even worst than we ever thought.

This movie gave us a sense of what bullying really looks like. I’ve never seen portraying so harshly what victims felt like from getting bullied. All actors played their role incredibly well which make the message clear: We need to do something about bullying in schools. And if you are a victim, don’t be afraid to ask for help, to seek the police or even counselor at your school, YOU MATTER.

10/10

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Nerve (2016) – Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman

High school senior Venus “Vee” Delmonico longs to leave her home in Staten Island for college, but is afraid to tell her mother about being admitted to the California Institute of the Arts, as she is still grieving from the death of Vee’s brother. Her friend Sydney becomes popular in Nerve: an online reality game where people either enlist online as “players” or pay to watch as “watchers”. Players accept dares from watchers, receiving monetary rewards. Sydney and her other friends chastise Vee’s unadventurous nature. When Vee refuses to talk to her crush J.P., Sydney approaches J.P. herself and reveals that Vee is interested in him. J.P. rebuffs her, and Vee walks away embarrassed.

Furious, Vee signs up as a player on Nerve. The game collects her personal data and explains the three rules: all dares must be recorded on the player’s phone, earned money will be revoked if a player fails or “bails” a dare, and a player must not report the game to law enforcement. In addition, the top two most-watched players will compete in a highly sought-after final round. Her first dare is to kiss a stranger at a dinner for five seconds. Vee kisses Ian, who is reading Vee’s favorite book. He starts dancing around the dinner and sings to her on a dare, revealing that he’s another player. The watchers then dare Ian to take her into the New York City, believing they make a good couple.

In the city, Vee is dared to try on an expensive dress. Ian is also dared to try on formal attire. Vee and Ian find that their clothes have been stolen, and are dared by the watchers to leave the store in their underwear. They return to Ian’s motorbike, where they find a bag of clothes paid for by watchers. Vee is then dared to get a tattoo chosen by Ian, who draws out a tattoo and refuses to show Vee. When Vee becomes impatient, he distracts her with Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” on the radio, one of her brother’s favorite songs. Vee raps along with the song until the finished tattoo is revealed to be a lighthouse. Ian’s next dare is to ride his motorbike through the city blindfolded at 60 mph, using Vee to steer his body; once completed, the two kiss. Vee and Ian soon become among Nerves top players.

I did like that movie. It was fun, different, and also looked a bit like Hunger Games. It is not the replica of Hunger Games, but the concept is pretty much the same. I was really happy about the end of the movie which is what I expected and wanted while watching what this game was causing to other people. I recommend you to watch this movie 🙂 

8.5/10

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The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens Novel Review

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In the past years, I always read authors that I knew from my friends, family, or from newspapers. However, even though the author is not a best seller, it can still be an amazing book. Nonetheless, I found this book while reading a magazine at my local library. It was recommended for a summer lecture. The synopsis really got me to borrow the book and read it. There is the synopsis I am talking about: 

Five days. Four hikers. Three survivors. From Lori Lansens, author of the national bestsellers Rush Home Road, The Girls and The Wife’s Tale comes to a gripping tale of adventure, sacrifice, and survival in the unforgiving wilderness of a legendary mountain.
On his 18th birthday, Wolf Truly takes the tramway to the top of the mountain that looms over Palm Springs, intending to jump to his death. Instead, he encounters strangers wandering in the mountain wilderness, three women who will change the course of his life. Through a series of missteps he and the women wind up stranded, in view of the city below, but without a way down. They endure five days in freezing temperatures without food or water or shelter and somehow find the courage to carry on.
Wolf, now a grown man, has never told his son, or anyone, what happened on the mountain during those five days, but he can’t put it off any longer. And in telling the story to his only child, Daniel, he, at last, explores the nature of the ties that bind and the sacrifices people will make for love. The mountain still has a hold on Wolf, composed of equal parts beauty and terror.

To be honest I did not finish the book all the way cause hiking stories are not really my favorite. Nonetheless, It could please an outdoor passionate and somebody who loves stories about people who get lost in the forest and everything. According to the Toronto Star, “The hero of this narrative is himself reborn emotionally over the course of his ghastly ordeal on San Jacinto Mountain. For a guy once on a mission to end it all, Wolf Truly morphs into a man with a passion for life, soon to become the father of the son for whom this engrossing saga of renewal and redemption is written. With The Mountain Story, Lori Lansens has written an epic work suffused with raw emotional power and resonance.” The book had some good criticisms, but it is definitely not my type.  

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Book review

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Back in high school, I have read a lot of books for my French classes, and this was one of them. I was always patient by mental illnesses and psychology, especially illnesses like bipolarity, Asperger Syndrom, Schizophrenia, and Borderline Personality Disorder. This book covers Autism which is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. According to AutismSpeaks.com, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.” Moreover, certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism. They include gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and phobias. Anyway, this is a synopsis of the book: 

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective and narrator are Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns, and the truth. He hates the colors yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbor’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

 

I really enjoyed reading this book back in high school, it really helps me understand what Autism was about. I really started to get my interest about psychology after reading this book. My cousin has autism and I have got a better understanding of what his mental disorder was about. I recommend this book for everyone who wants to get an idea how and why people with Autism (Asperger Syndrom) act this way. I believe everyone should take the time to read books about mental disorder before judging them. Great book, and a great story. 

The Kite Runner Novel Review

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Khaled Hosseini is an author that I have just discovered which is weird because apparently, it was a New York Times Best Sellers and also a motion picture later on. My best friend recommends me this book and some others for this summer to diversify my reading. I was actually reading the same type of book all the time which is one of the reasons I got bored at some points. So let’s talk about The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini. 

This novel is about a young Afghan boy during the war between Russia and Afghanistan. He lives with his dad, Baba, his longtime friend, their servant Hassan. He is named Amir. Rape, Bullying, love, and death are themes related to this book as well as friendship. Hassan is like a brother to him. However, he can’t read or write. He is a good kite runner, he always knows where the kite is going to land, which Amir found really impressive. However, Amir got kind of bored from Hassan because other people would make fun of him because he is a Hazara. Hazara is considered fake Afghans according to his physical features. He has a flat nose. The book is relatively hard sometimes, but a beautiful story that gives you a better knowledge about the Afghan culture. It also shows how Afghans have struggled to get their independence against the Russian troops. Politicals events are portrayed in The Kite Runner which makes it really interesting. There is a summary of the book. 

it tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his half brother. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime. According to the author, it is a father–son story, emphasizing the familial aspects of the narrative, an element that he continued to use in his later works.Themes of guilt and redemption feature prominently in the novel, with a pivotal scene depicting an act of violence against Hassan that Amir fails to prevent. The latter half of the book centers on Amir’s attempts to atone for this transgression by rescuing Hassan’s son over two decades later. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies. A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

Even though it is not my kind of book, I believe that I learned a lot from reading it. We don’t have all democracy around the world like Afghanistan did. It is important to realize that those countries need our help. We need to act and fight for World peace. I did enjoy my reading but it is not my favorite book. However, I recommend it for people who love culture type of books and also that love books about war. 

Central Park by Guillaume Musso Book review

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This book was on my summer reading list and I’m proud to say that Guillaume Musso is a brilliant author who makes near-death experiences really interesting. For example, he makes things that would never happen normally in our everyday lives possible. This time, it has a serial killer killing women with a piece of their lingerie from the other victim. They all had lost their something which linked them to one man. They were all looking for something and this man was the one who pretends to find their things, walk into their homes, no doubts that he could harm them. 

The plot is really interesting and Musso gives you a good background story of Alice, a 38 years old woman who works as a cop in Paris, France. She represents the modern woman that our society is trying to portray to our young girls. She is working in a male environment and she has a strong character/personality. It does match with what the society wants our young girls to be. She doesn’t let Gabriel make decisions easily. She wants to have control of the case about the man who killed her baby. We learned that Gabriel is not what he pretends to be which makes the book more interesting. Throwbacks in time are really helpful to understand the story and why Alice is so sensitive and fragile. She lost her baby and her baby on the same day and lost the opportunity to get revenge on her baby’s killer. There are a lot of suspense and action in the novel Central Park about the serial killer and how he is related to Alice’s story. The lies, the betrayal, the emotions make this book a masterpiece like Guillaume Musso always does. I couldn’t stop reading this book when all the actions came into only after the first chapter. There is a synopsis below of the book. 

Alice and Gabriel have no memory of the night before…yet they won’t forget it any­time soon.

New York, 8 am. Alice, a young Parisian cop, and Gabriel, American jazz pianist, wake up on a bench in Central Park hand­cuffed to one another. They don’t know each other and have no memory of having met. The night before, Alice was at a party with her girl­friends on the Champs-Elysées and Gabriel was playing piano in a club in Dublin.

Impossible? And yet… So many ques­tions leave them con­founded. How did they get them­selves into such a dan­gerous sit­u­a­tion? Whose blood has stained Alice’s shirt? Why is one bullet missing from her gun?

Alice and Gabriel are left with no choice but to team up to figure out what is hap­pening to them and get back to their normal lives. What they are going to dis­cover will turn their lives upside down.

I really recommend this book to every group of ages. Like I said, Guillaume Musso is a master in near-death experiences books. I also like the little citations that he puts on every chapter, it makes me think about how life is about little things, it makes me understand some concepts about life. It feels like philosophy to me. 

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