On March 5, 1973, after nearly 8 years of abuse, David, then aged 12, teachers from Dave's school risked their jobs by telling a police officer about his bruises, scars, and other visible marks of abuse. The fact that it was a real story made it way sadder. It began with long stints in the corner and quickly progressed to beatings, one such beating that caused Dave a broken arm. At age 18 he joined the in 1979 and served in the. Plus, how are you going to believe someone can recall graphic scenes from their childhood, but not what their mother looked like? He was made to get into baths with ammonia so as his body would burn and to put his arm on a live gas stove top.
The story opens at the end of the horrific journey of fifth grader, David Pelzer, through one of the most severe documented cases of child abuse. She made him stay in a bathroom filled with Ammonia. While they were gone, his mother attempted to force him to eat his baby brother's feces. She starves David at home. David was forced to wear the same clothing each day, which made him an outcast at school because he smelled bad. He realizes that Mother has stabbed him.
Finally the law steps in to save an innocent childs life and David he is placed in the care of the local authority. His mother, one day, suddenly changed into a completely different person: from a kind and lovely mother, she transformed into one who starved and tortured Dave. In one part David's mom is really nice to him and his brothers and in a few years she is treating his brothers the same but is beating him constantly. The book tells of a little child, Dave, the protagonist, who goes through many troubles throughout the book. She tried to force him to lie on top of the hot stove. The abuse began in the first grade.
Mother never tried to hide her abuse of her son, forcing him to go to school in clothes he had been wearing for months at a time and filling him with stories to tell anyone who should ask about his bruises. This timeline uses his date of birth and rescue date as bookends and then one gleans from the narrative Dave's age and grade levels in which the abuse took place. Dave now realized that his hopes of being rescued are a fantasy that will never come true. He was allowed to eat leftover cereal portions from his brothers' breakfast if chores were done before school. Dave refuses, but Mother smears feces all over his face, stopping only when Father, Ron, and Stan come home. What we learn in Dave's story is that child abuse is real. This book is horribly painful and violent and is only uplifting if you read the two following books.
I can concede that the family members may have lied. Dave is an outcast in school. When officials would become suspicious, Mother would charm her way out of interviews or con Dave into believing the worst was over, and she would no longer torture him. Consequently, this leads David to steal food from school. He remembers each abuse in vivid detail, clarity and full color descriptions.
There's a different something in Dave's story that will keep different people reading. His younger brother Richard Pelzer also wrote an account of his own about growing up with their abusive mother. His father stood by and watched with a drink in his hand. She was making weird faces and sometimes crying. . Dave felt love from both his parents, especially on holidays and special trips into town while his father, a fireman, was working a twenty-four hour shift. Yet I must say this book is extremely poorly written.
A trainwreck of a book. Some parts of it were very disturbing, which when coupled with vivid details of the abuse that the author had to endure, making it one of the most depressing books I ever read. Another thing we learn is to not back down in that fight, of course there will be road blocks, but if you champion for a child as those special people in Dave's life did, you can help. I can imagine going through some things the little kid when through but not all. You get to witness these horrific tales, however you are also able to so see how much courage this little kid had to have to keep fighting and to win his torturous battle with his mother. She would starve him for a period of time the most she did was 10 days.
His mother was called in to answer questions. He is telling about his life when he was young. Very soon, Dave found himself being rescued. It was all about this author's childhood gone horrible with the extreme abuse, the torture and suffering. Dave was put through hard times and at some point lost hope in his dreams and doubted the humanity of mankind, but in the end because of his strong will he was able to overcome his problems and make a better life for himself. Catherine drives her sons to school.
His father never came home and his mother had lost her brightness and love of life, resorting to alcohol to get through the day. In the book he refers to his relatives by pseudonyms. When mother gave birth to two more sons, the punishments only became harsher, as the privileges of the other boys became more luxurious. Why was he the one who was treated so horribly? His mother, once loving, turned into a monster, leaving both emotional and physical scars on her child which will haunt him for life. It is soon revealed Marlborough might have been a better choice: life at Repton was a living Hell. The book has never explained why the mother suddenly turned crazy and why Dave was the hapless scapegoat.
This time, the nurse called in the principal. It ends with his first job, working for. His name is David Pelzer and he is the main character in the book. Some parts of it were very disturbing, which when coupled with vivid details of the abuse that the author had to endure, making it one of the most depressing books I ever read. After school, Dahl worked for Shell, despite the headmaster trying to dissuade him because of his lack of responsibility.