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Ungolden Silence: A Thought Provoking Novel Paperback – December 13, 2007
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About the Author
Born in 1958 with cerebral palsy, Lydia Earnestine Brew, has never allowed her disability to stand in her way. She graduated from Sterling High School, Victoria Junior College, and Texas Southern University. Rapists depend upon the shame and humiliation of the victims to assist them in going unpunished for their heinous crimes. If everyone learns the value of disclosing rape, our society will be better. Ungolden Silence makes the reader aware of the value of going public with any form of rape and gives examples of what can be done.
Top customer reviews
Let me start off by saying that this book was amazing.. and horrible, an easy read and a very hard read, fascinating and terrifying. Yes contradictory.
This book is well written, easy to read and follows the life of a woman and the people who love her. It is about abuse and rape and how it impacts not only this woman but everyone who loves her and how this rape impacted everyone. This made it a difficult read, yet in a way I was glad I read it. Hard as it was to read about this topic, the story made me think and I glad I read it. We need to make this topic less taboo and more about the crime. I will be asking my 16 year old daughter to read this and then talking about it with her. No I am not wanting her to read about rape and hear about these things, but I do want her to know that no matter what happens talking about it is the right thing.
I think every woman and man should read this book. I think serious judicial concern and effort should be made before any young person reads it. While this is a topic we need to talk about and remove the stigma attached to the victim, not every young person could handle the topic. My daughter can and we will talk about it (she is 16). I need her to know that talking about it is the right thing and that no matter what happens, she can always tell me anything.
Despite the difficult read and the emotional toll this book took on me, I highly recommend everyone read it. There is a quote in the book that sums this feeling up:
""Silence is not golden. It is not golden at all when it allows people to do things that are wrong."
I give this book4 out of 5 clouds because of the emotional toll it takes on the reader, but I give it 5 out of 5 clouds for making you sit up and pay attention.
Ungolden Silence brings out different emotions because it deals with a sensitive topic. Any type of abuse causes a difficult change in the victim’s lives. Rape is a violent act mainly against women that leaves a lasting effect on the victims. This was expressed throughout this book and needs to be read by all women young and old.
This was an emotional book to read that provides a powerful message. I could relate to Beatrice and Elaine story and my heart went out to them. The last portion of the book touched on the laws behind the act which did not keep my interest. However, this is a book worth reading and I recommend it to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.
3 Stars=Okay Page Turner
I will honestly say that the actual writing of this book could have been better, at least in my opinion. Much of the story was intriguing, and I liked Beatrice and Elaine for the most part. Their story was heart-wrenching. And through their story, others opened up to other various stories of rape under many different circumstances. At times, I struggled to keep all the stories straight. But this again went back to the author's purpose--educate about rape.
The fourth section of this book contains quite a treatise on rape. It explores the law and the different types. My interest sometimes waned, but the author never lost her passion for the topic even when I lost the passion for her story. There were no sex scenes, and the profanity was incredibly mild. I also appreciated all the references to God.
If you are interested in learning about rape through the eyes of both the victim and the aggressor, you will want to check out this book!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.