|Plot Summary of A Brother's Journey|
|"The world was shocked when "A Child Called It" was published in 1995. In that book, which went on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide, Dave Pelzer told of horrific abuse from his mother and was emotionally and mentally terrorized by his brother Richard. Fortunately for Dave, he was removed from the Pelzer household by the time he was 13 year's old. Unfortunately, Mrs. Pelzer needed a new target for her alcohol-induced wrath. She began abusing Richard violently by beating him at night, shoving tabasco sauce down his throat, denying him clean clothes, and physically abusing him to the point of hospitalization. But this time, she made sure his wounds didn't show--she wasn't going to allow Richard to be taken, too. This is a story of Richard's struggle to survive years of abuse - and how he came to terms with his abusiveness towards his own brother. "
Jack, Resident Scholar
|" Richard Pelzer, after years of witnessing and even participating in the abuse fo his older brother, finds himself on the receiving end of physical, mental, and emotional abuse dealt out by his mother. Richard describes his role as his mother's informant during the abuse suffered by his brother, his dealings with guilt and confusion, self preservation and fear. When his brother no longer lives in the home, he shifts from predator to prey.
Richard gives his audience a very real decription of the abuse many children are forced to suffer, society's role in witnessing the abuse and his own journey through the pain and humiliation of abuse.
Angela, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of A Brother's Journey|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kids growing up/acting up?
- trouble in high school
- parental abuse
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- a kid
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- Very much smarter than other people
- physically sick
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 1 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to torture
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
- very unfavorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more dialog than descript
- significantly more descript than dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
- 76%-100% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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