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The Hiding Place A Finalist For The Prestigious Man Booker Prize, The Hiding Place Welsh Novelist Trezza Azzopardi S Lyrical Tale Of An Immigrant Family In Cardiff Has Been Compared To Frank McCourt S Bleak, Stirring Memoir Angela S Ashes But The Hiding Place Need Not Hide Behind Any Ready Made Comparisons Azzopardi S Astonishing, Tension Filled Debut Stands Assuredly On Its Own As A Work Of Tremendous Power And OriginalityThe Hiding Place Is Narrated By Dolores, The Youngest Of Six Daughters Born To A Maltese Immigrant Father And A Welsh Mother With One Hand Permanently Disfigured By A Fire When She Was Only One Month Old The Hand Is Beautifully Described By The Author As A Closed White Tulip Standing In The Rain A Cutoff Creamy Marble In The Shape Of A Saint A Church Candle With Its Tears Flowing Down The Bulb Of Wrist Dolores Has Always Been Treated As An Outcast Her Father, Frankie Gauci, Is An Incorrigible Gambler Who Bets Than He Can Afford To Lose On The Day Dolores Is Born, He Loses His Half Share Of A Cafeacute, As Well As The Apartment Above It Where His Family Lives Everything In Frankie S Life Is Potential Currency, Including His Family He Even Sells His Second Oldest Daughter Marina To Gangster Joe Medora In Exchange For A House And Money To Pay Off His Debts Dolores S Mother, Mary, Is Driven To The Edge Of Insanity As She Watches The World Around Her Collapse, Helpless To Save Even Her Children From Her Husband S Vices At Times, The Hiding Place Paints A Phantasmagoric Portrait Of Cruelty, But Trezza Azzopardi S Gracefully Exacting Prose Saves Her Tale From Becoming A Shock Fest Of The Sort You Would Expect On Daytime Television Talk Shows Azzopardi Forges Profundity Through Delicately Interwoven Double Sided Images Rabbits That Are The Children S Playthings, Until They Are Brutally Slaughtered By Their Father Trunks, Rooms, And Cages That Can Either Protect Or Ensnare And Most Abundantly And Most Significantly, Fire, Which Can Warm As Well As Ravage Even Dolores S Older Sister Fran Is Sent Away To A Home For Being A Pyromaniac, Craving Risk Like Her Father, Gambling On How Hot, How High, On How Long She Can Bear It While Some Readers May Wonder How Dolores Is Able To Relate Events That Happened When She Was So Young, It Is Easy To Associate These Stories With The Phantom Pains She Feels In Her Missing Fingers, Her Ability To Miss Something She Never Knew The Story Comes To Us In A Dreamlike Tapestry, Weaving Together Different Times And Perspectives Consequently, The Narrative Is Fragmented, Leaving The Reader With Half Tellings, Missing Details, Stories That Unfold Only In The Retelling, And A Sense That The Only Fact We Can Be Certain Of Is The Profound Meaning She Imparts Through Them The Hiding Place Is As Much A Portrait Of A Family S Destruction As It Is An Exploration Of How Memory Bends And Buckles Under The Weight Of Ruin, And How Blame Can Be Twisted Like A Flame In Draught It Will Burn And Burn I ve wanted to read this book for ages not just because it got good reviews and was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 2000, but because I m Maltese so it follows that I m very interested in anyone of Maltese descent who is a successful writer.I had read some excellent reviews of this when it first came out so I had very high expectations I did enjoy the sensuous use of language and the author s talent for evoking the sense of place and time, but I nevertheless had a few rather childish issues I ve wanted to read this book for ages not just because it got good reviews and was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 2000, but because I m Maltese so it follows that I m very interested in anyone of Maltese descent who is a successful writer.I had read some excellent reviews of this when it first came out so I had very high expectations I did enjoy the sensuous use of language and the author s talent for evoking the sense of place and time, but I nevertheless had a few rather childish issues with the content of the book Firstly, I read in an interview with the author that she never actually knew anyone similar to Frank Gauci arguably the main antagonist in the novel and I couldn t help feeling slightly short changed that she had depicted this Maltese immigrant as such a cruel and abusive husband and father as well as a crappy friend There were points when the novel almost took on the tone of misery lit Secondly, would it have been so terrible to have used Maltese words and phrases rather than Italian ones These could have been easily explained in little footnotes I resent the idea that Italian and Maltese are interchangeable We are discussing this book on Saturday for reading group, so my thoughts may change after chatting about it and I ll let you know I read this in a couple of days and found it really readable and engaging enough that I wanted to keep reading it and finding out what had happened I was drawn in by the style of the writing too, which in the main I enjoyed I wasn t a huge fan on the structure of the book going back and forth in time and found the second part of the book where the main charact We are discussing this book on Saturday for reading group, so my thoughts may change after chatting about it and I ll let you know I read this in a couple of days and found it really readable and engaging enough that I wanted to keep reading it and finding out what had happened I was drawn in by the style of the writing too, which in the main I enjoyed I wasn t a huge fan on the structure of the book going back and forth in time and found the second part of the book where the main character is all grown up a little weak I live in Cardiff, so enjoyed the cardiffness of it all although tiger bay in the 60s is very different to now and not something I m familiar with Ultimately though, although I could see the positives in this, I just never got emotionally involved in it The themes of the book are quite harrowing and bleak, but I felt unaffected by it and felt very much removed from it all, not caring for any of the characters really.I guess it just didn t feel real to me, it felt like I was reading a story, something made up which I know I am, but to feel really caught up in a book, you need to believe in it turned out most people in reading group really liked it but found it too bleak Made me feel like maybe I was a psychopath as I didn t connect to it This is an amazingly powerful novel about a struggling working class family in Cardiff, Wales It begins in the early 60 s and travels to the end of the nineties using the various horrifying revelations in the memory of Dolores, the youngest sibling in a family of six daughters, to move the tale forward Poverty, immorality, superstition, mental illness and illiteracy set the stage for abuse, neglect, dysfunction and deprivation that defies the imagination Each successive memory is progressivel This is an amazingly powerful novel about a struggling working class family in Cardiff, Wales It begins in the early 60 s and travels to the end of the nineties using the various horrifying revelations in the memory of Dolores, the youngest sibling in a family of six daughters, to move the tale forward Poverty, immorality, superstition, mental illness and illiteracy set the stage for abuse, neglect, dysfunction and deprivation that defies the imagination Each successive memory is progressively worse than the one preceding it.This book will have a profound effect on the reader This is not a book one will easily forget as it exposes the wounded family with all of its fatal flaws the children and the parents are all scarred by something There is physical abuse, human trafficking in which a child is bartered into slavery, another sent to foster care, another beaten brutally, another permanently injured in tragic circumstances, all tortured by each other in one way or another, as well as by society Even those that escape the environment bear the marks and damage of memories they try to suppress The depths to which some will sink in order to survive, for purely selfish reasons, will astound the reader The inability of others to live and or fulfill their natural family obligations, as they are thwarted by life s haphazard circumstances, will pain the reader They cannot find a way out of their circumstances so their dreams and enormous obligations remain unfulfilled Their stories will keep one turning pages Ignorance and superstition stifled and destroyed many lives This book opens a window onto their suffering If you read it, you will not be sorry, although you will surely be extremely saddened to learn of the hopelessness that existed for these characters at so many stages of their lives The one part of the book that disturbed me deeply, was that the kindest, often unjustly, suffered the most, while the guilty often escaped punishment, although their actions caused monumental suffering for others Perhaps that is true to life, unfortunately the guilty often do get away unscathed leaving a trail of misery in their wake I m quite particular about family dramas, I either love them or loathe them with little I between This however I adored The tale of the childhood of sisters brought up by a pair of runaway parents one from Malta one from the valleys is a wonderful, evocative and occasionally emotionally wrought tale that looks at the lives of the working classes and how the memories of children can be so different from the truth Family secrets and twists galore, stunning writing Bingo.

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