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Remembering Judith - A true story of shattered childhoods by [Joseph, Ruth]
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This hauntingly moving tale of a daughter's devotion to her anorexic mother tugs at the heartstrings and plays on the mind for long after you've finished it. PRIMA MAGAZINE

About the Author

Ruth Joseph worked as a freelance journalist for IPC magazines and has just completed an M.Phil in Creative Writing at Glamorgan University. She is a Rhys Davies Competition and Cadenza prize-winner and has been published by Honno, Loki, New Welsh review and Cambrensis. Her prize-winning story, Patchwork is featured in 'Ghosts Of The Old Year' published by Parthian, 2003 (ISBN 1902638271). Her first solo collection of short stories, 'Red Stilettos' was published by Accent Press Ltd in Sept 2004. (ISBN 0954489977) Ruth lives in Cardiff, Wales.

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  • File Size: 1349 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (July 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 21, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NWZLQA
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Dysfunctional families exist in every culture and country. Each of them is unique within the confines of its community. But some exist in such a wide concept we are taken with the matrix of the dysfunction and how it came to be. This is so true of "Remembering Judith-A True Story of Shattered Childhoods." A story of unhappiness that traces its roots to the exodus of Jewish children from the European continent to the insecurity of a strange country and family life in WWII England and into the post war boom of the 50's and 60's.

Although we have heard of those children who were spirited out of Germany and other European countries prior to WWII, we have little information on how they adapted and survived being taken from their families and sent into a world they were unprepared for. Taking teens and younger children and trying to immerse them into a culture, lifestyle, language and sometimes even religion that they did not understand and were unprepared for had to leave a lasting impression which, in some cases, led to fear and lifetime dysfunction. "Remembering Judith" is the story of one teen girl who left her home in Germany to become a lifelong resident of England. Her story is both a celebration of the human ability to endure and a handbook for the emotional devastation of separation from family and culture.

Judith is transported to England as an adolescent and learns very quickly that she must be the master of her own destiny. Just as she begins to become her own woman with a job she loves and a future she is determined for herself, she becomes ill. During her illness she meets the man she will marry. A good man at the time, but a man unsuitable to her. Feeling alone, abandoned and trapped she marries and has a daughter.
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Wow, I don't know what to say, how to put this in words. I've gone through every emotion imaginable reading this, the strongest being sadness and anger. What a tragic, compelling biography...I was unable to put it down because I couldn't wait to see if poor Judith's life got any better. I am definitely recommending this to my friends and family. I just wish I could give the author a big old hug.
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I got this when it was offered for free a while back, and just finished reading it. It's an autobiography of a girl whose mother suffered from anorexia (though I don't think she explicitly said so), and the problems her mother's illness caused her family.

Though it starts off with really lovely phrasing and style, it eventually becomes repetitive. Timelines become somewhat confused as Ms. Joseph incorporates flashbacks abruptly into the modern narrative. Though its tagline suggests she will explore her mother's childhood as well as her own, there is very little mention of the unfortunate circumstances of her mother's girlhood (sent to England to avoid Hitler's march across Europe).

The raw emotions come through, but it also seems Ms. Joseph would benefit from therapy as she harbors so much guilt for her mother and father's problems, when clearly she is not to blame. By the end of the book, I wanted to shake Ms. Joseph and tell her just that, as she dwells on her inner demons.

I hope writing the book was cathartic for her. It is an interesting enough read, but as a memoir in need of editing and not a full-fledged autobiography.
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This tragic story had lots of potential, but never lives up to it. The first two-thirds of the book is an endless repetition of the dysfunctional, hellish relationship among the author, her manipulative mother, and her cold and hateful father. There comes a time where she has gotten the point across and fails to hold her reader due to the absence of new material. Once the author's mother dies, she continues to describe the abuse from her father, which she allowed, in the same fashion. She has a wonderful husband and two beautiful children who barely exist in this writing. To top it all off, she really has no resolution. In the brief final chapters, it is apparent that the passing of her parents and her attempts at working through the damage of her childhood remain essentially unhealed. I found this a frustrating and almost endless book. If you are dealing with anorexia in yourself or your family, this might be helpful. If not, it may not be worth your time.
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This book is Amazing in its description of... well, anorexia, but also of older times, food, relationships and the Jewish Culture. Ruth Joseph is a truly good author.
But it is necessary to Point out one other thing she describes so well: pain. Her own pain and her mother's pain.
This book tells a really sad and shocking story that makes you Think "can this really be true???". The Pictures in the book says; "Yes, it is true". Ruth JOseph has really had a living hell, and so had her mother. This book really captures it.

The book sometimes felt a bit slow, and it was often painful to read, but i give it 5 stars anyway, because it is so vivid. And, of course, i want to say that Ruth Joseph is incredible brave in telling us her story!
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I applaud Ms. Joseph for writing this Memoir about the traumas of living with an Anorexic mother and mentally abusive father. I was horrified that no one helped this poor girl during her young and informative years. The constant neglect from both of her parents is really hard to read and I grew angry myself that these two people were allowed to inflict their issues on their helpless child. The lack of even buying basic necessities for their daughter as she outgrew her clothing was more than appalling. Yes, there is some repetitiveness in this book, particularly about food dishes and preparation and the constant illness of her mother. Nonetheless, the pain and neglect of this woman's childhood comes through loud and clear. I can only hope and pray that Ruth has realized that she need not suffer any form of guilt about her mother's illness and her father's anger. She was a child and not accountable.
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