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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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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.
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.Read more ›
Hope the author continues to reach out and help others that are in such unbearable situations.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing, you actually feel you are living in his world. So graphic but described to were you feel his pain...very wonderful writing and full of every emotion you can have... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Koren Mattson
Have not had a chance to read yet but after seeing the interview with the author I am sure I will enjoy reading the bookPublished on October 24, 2013 by p jones
Did not care for at all. Does not keep you interested. No GOOD .Wish i could send back and get my money back.Published on August 3, 2013 by Linda Bennehoff
Mr.Milligan is changing peoples lives! This book is one you cannot put down. It's amazing he lived to write this book. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I wrote a review of the sister book to this set named God Must Be Sleeping. In keeping with my previous review about this writing work, I must once again state that I feel the... Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by anita kinnear
I heard of Gregg's book on the Rachael Raye show. I heard that all profits go to charity for the abused. Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by carol0902
This book is the beginning of the book to follow--God Must Be Sleeping--excellent book! Amazing story! The author is compassionate and I am so glad he told his story!!Published on January 3, 2013 by Beth Malik-Mukensturm
I started crying a few pages in and didnt stop the rest of the book. this book is very well written - its one of those things that the subject is just so awful, while you dont know... Read morePublished on August 22, 2010 by stacyk
A powerful account of Gregg's childhood and what a little boy had to endure growing up. I love the message that there is always hope. Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by jb