During childhood his mother fosters boys, despite the jealous turmoil it arouses in her son. Until the bond triggers an event that profoundly changes everyone. Especially Robert.
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At twenty-eight the son returns to face his mother. Written in two startlingly original voices, Rocks in the Belly is about the destruction we wreak on one another in the pursuit of our own happiness; how we never escape our upbringing; and a stark reminder that the most dangerous place for a child is within the family. This is not the style of book that I would willingly pick up to read, the back cover sounded very confronting, challenging and dark, and it was right! Both of them are haunted by their past, but are caught up in the roller-coaster ride of love and guilt.
It is written from two points of view, the one of the extremely troubled eight-year-old boy who just wants to be loved by his Mum and Dad and his twenty-eight-year old adult version, who unsurprisingly wants the same thing, but is haunted by childhood guilt and betrayal.
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Please try again later. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Fantastic first novel set in Australia.
Dark and challenging but amazing writing by an English man. He gets Australia! Highly Recommended. I found it difficult to identify with the main character who is not at all likeable. I spent a lot of the book wondering what mental illness he was suffering from! One person found this helpful. An interesting read but disturbing that this storey could be based on a true story.
I became frustrated with our grown lead character behaving like a child. I was pleased to complete this book. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. The book arrived as described. Format: Paperback. Although quite dark in it's content at times, the author injects a dry sense of humour via an eight year old's thoughts into what could otherwise be quite a depressing book.
This is a book about how people who are hurting, can hurt others. How not listening to each other, not speaking to each other before it's too late can leave regrets. The story is about the neglect and jealousy which the boy who is never named feels almost constantly, for the children his parents foster, and for a boy called Robert more than any of the others. All he appears to want is love and to feel secure in his relationship with his parents, but instead he feels like he's not 'enough' for them or why would they want all these other children?
Bauer captures a child's feelings perfectly, the way waking up and remembering that Robert, the current foster child, is still there give him " The characters, other than the protagonist didn't really have huge parts, but were well written all the same. The mother is a woman on a mission and although not for bad reasons, it does seem to be at the expense of her own son.
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His father however, seems more in tune with his son's feelings and I liked his character much more. As another reviewer has said, this might be a good book for reading groups as people are bound to have different views. Even if he thought he was, the boy in this story just craves love and attention and it's surely more circumstances and the people around us each with their own issues who influence this. Perceptively written, disturbing yet realistic.
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We know after reading the first delightful poem in this collection that we are not in Walt Disney World fairy tale territory; Perry is more closely and easily aligned with The Brothers Grimm. It's clear to Today's book of poetry that there is ample sub-text at every turn. There are primal urges vying the limelight right along with with primal fears, these fairy tale creature might be searching for salvation but Perry is reaching for illumination.
Perry deserves our admiration for the consistency of his conceit and how his new universe is such an eerie parallel to our own. This morning's read here at the office was a celebration, these poems ripping off of the tongue like bon-bons for the brain.
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They only taste like candy, the reality is far more substantial, nutritious. Perry is not the guy want reading to your children before they retire for the night - not if you ever want them to sleep. This is for the grown-ups. Perry goes that extra step, he even arranges for you to feel empathy for that notoriously evil old wolf and his sad lanterns. Today's book of poetry says to jump into this water head first.
Perry has woven us into these myths, given them back to us to consider once again.