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Breath in the Dark by [Hersey, Jane]
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From the first lines of Breath in the Dark, there is a powerful sense that this is special. The simplicity of Jane's style, the clarity of the child's voice and the intensity of emotion fired in those few words had me hooked from the start. From the first moment, we know that there is much that is outside our comprehension; that we are inside a child's mind. Jane expresses the beautiful mix of confusion, faith and fear that characterises her childhood effortlessly. The dark, misty night that hangs over the opening scene hangs over the whole story, like the glow that is just as likely to be the danger of a fire as the safety of a streetlamp. The opening image is apt - if not inspired - as Jane's story constantly oscillates between these peaks of hope and despair, yearning to be mothered by, but always playing mother to, a woman teetering on the brink of death. It is a portrait in trauma. Not only does it contain all the elements of a highly moving memoir, Jane's rendering of these is so original as to give the impression of never having read them before. With little knowledge of the problems that a difficult childhood creates, we can foresee the profound effect this will have on Hikey's later years. Slowly we realise the effects this existence has - and will come to have - on Hikey: not only through the occasional comparisons we can draw with her peers, as she comes into contact with the outside world, but also through the changing thoughts and feelings she relates. We don't notice the passage of time in the story, because Hikey herself has no concept of it. There is so much more I could say about Breath in the Dark, it's excellent narrative, incredible intensity and the unfakeable ring of truth it carries - but this could fill pages. Every part of it is an extremely powerful reading experience: it is heartbreaking and fascinating in equal amounts. -- HarperCollins HarperCollins This is a simply stunning book. It is moving, emotive and raises crucial issues regarding children and young adults who act in a caring role in the UK. This caring role may not only be for mental health issues of course, but also a range of physical health problems. The profound physical, psychological and social impacts that this role can have on young people is starkly presented in this autobiography...I found myself both moved and haunted by this book...A key text for clinicians, students and carers and parents themselves.' -- Madness and Literature Network

Product Details

  • File Size: 956 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Matador; 2 edition (January 23, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 23, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I0YZ2GU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed reading this book and felt the suffering she was experiencing. I wish more was explained about why the mother was so ill and unable to care for her children. Also what was wrong with Jane herself. Maybe a second book will offer more insite. I feel as though the ending just left me hanging mid story.
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I enjoyed this book and now I'm going to read the 2nd book. Jane is Very strange to say the least. Maybe that is what is keeping me interested. The story ended abruptly. I was left hanging in an odd spot. Interesting read though.
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Felt sorry for the girl and her brothers ...Very miserable life for these young children. I understood why she was overcome by depression and horrible anxiety and just plain mentally unstable ...but the story just focused so much on her trying to fill herself up as it was a comfort thing for her...but repetitive to the point that I could not wait until the book was over. Hope book II she finally can become comfortable in her own skin and finally lead more of a normal life which she can focus on a better future for herself and learn that she can live without all the fear and abnormal thoughts...and enjoy being a productive and happy person...and try to put the past behind her.
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You feel for young Jane and her horrible existence; however, the repetition numbs your mind. I would have preferred if the author summarized after a while instead of daily accounts. I prefer the Martha Long books,because the imagery is so vibrant.
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The first time I read Jane's writing, the beginning of Breath in the Dark, I about passed out. It was so descriptive and so amazingly told from the mind of a six-year-old that I immediately knew it was the best I'd ever read on Authonomy and the best I was ever likely to read. Her words are imprinted on my mind like engravings in stone, and they inform one of the tragedy of little people caring for victims of self-neglect or of disease in the most memorable way imaginable. Thank you, Jane for tremendous inspiration; you are a heroine who should be heeded and who should never be forgotten. James Ivey
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This was a pretty good book however, some of the things in it were so far "out there" it was just beyond my way of thinking. The ending was pretty bad.....just kind of left every thing hanging. I would not really recommend unless you want something dark and unbelievable.
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Jane Hersey's style of writing will take you straight back to her childhood making you feel like you are living her story with her. Heartbreaking. I have read both of her books twice and am on my third time.
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If this is a true story, I greatly empathize with the author. With that being said, the repetitive style is mind numbing. I felt as if I were reading the same page over and over.
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