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- Print Length: 242 pages
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- Publisher: Blackbird Digital Books (January 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CS8YG34
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book was ridiculously depressing and dissatisfying. After you suffer through her whole stupid, sad life, no answers! The author dwells on all the awful stuff that happened to her - everybody has some lows - and passes over the good happy stuff. I must say I totally misinterpreted the title, lol! I thought, "I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry...." would finish up with "....but I'm not!" and there would be details on an interesting life well lived. But no, just drudgery and complaints.
I see it's rated highly and I am baffled. When you recount the people in her life who should have been there for her and weren't, I just want to line them up and slap them.
Hey, Susie, I'm here, you can apologize to me anytime you want. Thank goodness I only paid 99 cents.
Now to the cross-cultural promise: It is a book about Africa that is not. Susie is a white child in white Africa, and never knows a black person except as a servant, never attempts to know one. Given her upbringing and struggles, that drop-out is understandable, but it really should have been addressed. Today, you can't in conscience write a book about Africa that leaves out the black experience (oh, she mentions Mau-Mau briefly, and gives the nod to Kenyatta, but this is just stage dressing). Just as you can't write about 17th Century America and leave out Native Americans. Or write about a Deep South that is nothing but a round of julep parties. This story could have taken place as easily in Dorset as in Kenya. For this and for the back-pedalling at the end, I was disappointed in this book. You may say, as I often do, that you can't trash a work because of what it isn't. But this book hints at things it does not deliver. The writing is beautiful, and what there is of self-questioning is interesting. But alas, the promises dribble away.
But many others who have read Susie's books will also feel they know her. This is the mark of an exceptional writer - Susie draws you into her world and you experience the adventure with her.
In the case of "I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry" this means that we suffer, as Susie clearly did so often during her early life and also while dredging up the painful memories to put them on paper. Susie's writing is so evocative that once again we are with her, having to decide between parents at the age of seven and at zero minutes notice; finding that the chosen parent sends her away from the chosen country to a dreadful school run by nasty nuns; being told that she will now be going back to Kenya and, oh, by the way, Daddy is now remarried and has even had another child; being plunged into a household run by a neurotic and volatile stepmother and a father who is distant because he presumably does not want to rock the boat. And don't mention the mother!
As an adult, Susie plunges into another situation with which I am very familiar - she marries into an Italian family. I have not done that, but one of my daughters has, and Susie's experiences as a non-Italian daughter-in-law were very recognisable and not to be recommended.
I could go on with more about Susie's relationships with her mother, her father and her stepmother, how all those ended and the traumas involved. But I have said enough and do not want to tell you the whole story before you read it. All I will say is Get This Book. There are not as many laughs in it as there are in other Susie Kelly books, but I guarantee it will make you cry. Whether or not you have experienced anything similar you will come out in sympathy. If you have not, you will thank your lucky stars that your childhood and early adult years were not like this. There are of course happy times but the miracle is that Susie has survived to become the person she is and to entertain and inform us in that wonderful way she has.