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A Beautiful World: One Son's Escape from the Snares of Abuse and Devotion Paperback – August 13, 2009

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (August 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608440516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608440511
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read several memoirs by survivors of child abuse ... including A Child Called It, Lost Boy, The Tricky Part, Somebody's Someone, etc ... and this book, A BEAUTIFUL WORLD, really stands apart.

First off, A Beautiful World has a unique structure. While most memoirs keep a linear year-by-year structure, A Beautiful World is more like four literary narratives. Instead of looking at a timeline, I felt like I was teleported into specific experiences, standing in the corner of the worn down living room, watching these horrific experiences unfold.

Secondly, the writing is amazingly poetic. Here is an example "Our neighborhood was a contorted dirty forgotten place. The last vestige of humanity unwashed. At the center of this life was Mother. She built a relationship with her children based on unadulterated guilt, manipulation, and violence. And as long as I can remember, I was her caretaker. I would spend hours in quiet waiting, at the edge of visibility. It was a worrisome devotion. A strong and ugly love." That poetic voice carries through the most graphic experiences, which I can't include here.

And finally, the most profound aspect is the ending. I won't say too much because I know my description won't do it justice, but if there was ever a 'literary device' that could capture the depths of how child abuse affects not only the child (by placing the most unbelievable, life-long, phychological burden) but also society as a whole, Mr. Milligan has perfected that with his ending. I bet the ending will frustrate some, leave others in disbelief, but for those who have been exposed to abuse, you will feel the 'truth' of how this story 'concludes' ... and you'll know that any other ending, any 'whitewashing', would have been a lie.

I hope millions will read this book, so we as a society can continue understand the profound and destructive effects of child abuse and we can find a way to stomp it out.
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From the first six words of the Introduction, you are drawn into the world of the author, Gregg Milligan, as he delves back into childhood and the last three years spent in his mother's home. Before Gregg's story even begins, the message of the book is as clear as if it were spoken - he shares his experiences hoping to help others "buckle down and bear the ride" through their own hell - and know that they are not alone.

Chronicling a young boy's endurance of incredible abuse, A BEAUTIFUL WORLD is a tribute to hope. Through the years of brutal molestations, beatings to the brink of death, horrific manipulation, and severe mental abuse - this young child keeps his hope alive. As time passes, seeds of awareness and independence slowly begin to grow inside Gregg's heart - molding into a plan of escape to save himself and his siblings.

The narrative is written with an exceptionally visual style, which plunges you deeply into the story alongside young Gregg. (FYI- If you research the author's background, you'll find that he is actually an award-winning writer - with his work winning first place in the Memoirs/Personal Essay category of the Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition, in addition to several other awards garnered over the years.)

Readers who join Gregg's journey will find themselves carried in the momentum of events, including a frenzied search for Gregg's younger sister while the children are left home alone. The night ends in unexpected chaos, and the story hurtles forward, opening the lens on Gregg's world to a full view of the horror endured.

In the face of the physical, mental, and emotional anguish, a valiant heart shines forth.
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Gregg made his own most beautiful world by choosing to overcome a horrific childhood. It was a difficult book to read because it is full of ugly truths and awful child abuse. But Gregg did it and his life will be judged not by what he accomplished (which is a lot) but that he chose to overcome that horrific childhood.
Hope the author continues to reach out and help others that are in such unbearable situations.
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This story is such of one that NO one could imagine having to Live. I am thankful for the family i have, are we perfect NO, but I can't fathom the pain and horror Gregg went through. Praise the Lord for the People in His life that helped him survive...gina jones
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Gregg Tyler Milligan writes in his book, "A Beautiful World," about the horrors that he experienced growing up in Michigan as a son of alcoholic parents. He was one of six siblings born to a vile evil mother who tormented and tortured her children more and more as her alcoholism progressed.

Gregg tried to protect his sister along with his older brother Carter, whom he idolized. As children raised with insanity they didn't always know that their parents were the crazy ones. They had to steal food to survive, and hide to keep alive. It is a miracle that they survived with their lives, letting alone their sanity.

Gregg is a true hero as well as a miracle. He didn't know how to tie his shoes or how to read until he was able to get the courage to call one of his older sisters for help. Tragically he thought as a child thinks,and believed that he had to wait until the next beating to call her. She had told them that the next time their mother beat them that they should call her and she would get them out of the house.

The older siblings bore scars also from having lived with the abuse and insanity inflicted on them. They escaped from the madness as soon as they were able. Gregg and his brother Carter would be left to take care of their little sister Lynn, although it was more of an excuse to beat Greg than out of real concern for their daughter.

One night when their parents were out bar hopping, the boys couldn't find Lynn. They were terrified of the attic but were sure that she was hiding there. They could hear her whimpers and had to be brave enough to go into
the attic to find her. After agonizing and paralyzing fear, they were able to get her out of the attic. She was as terrified of her parents as her brothers were.
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