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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 Originality The 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 studied this as part of course at uni we were covering contemporary literature which involved having the writers who just so happen to teach at UEA coming and talking to us about a novel of their own, and a novel by another author that inspired them, although Trezza Azzopardi chose not to do this Anyway, 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, 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 haphaza 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 o

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