Which made it just terrific. In masterfully understated prose, Coe explores the way particular adults fail these children, as well as the heartbreaking and horrific effect of violence and ignorance on an entire community. Anyway it was an interesting read, though not a pleasant one. Which is presumably what Amanda Coe intended. I didn't grow up on a sink estate, but I know that people from Rough Backgrounds are not really as she writes them.
I wonder if it will happen. According to a study by researchers from the University of Copenhagen, the Universität Koblenz-Landau, and Ulm University,. Something Horrid does indeed happen, and it is shocking, and I still feel a bit sick from having read it yesterday, but it is Not What You Think. As a great many books are. . Cariad Martin Read more related posts.
I don't remember why I bought , I may have seen a review of it some months ago, or someone might have recommended it to me. Handed over by her mother to the nominal care of her grandmother, Pauline goes to school smelly and dirty and shakes down other kids for money. No, actually, in this case. She comes from a family notorious for producing petty criminals, and she seems heading in the same direction, for she lies, fights, skips school and swears with abandon. Dave's mate Black Baz had knocked off a lorry depot the previous night, and there was celebratory cider and weed: they'd given Gary some of the weed, and it had sent him a bit mental, in a hilarious way. This is because the D-factor indicates how likely a person is to engage in behavior associated with one or more of these dark traits.
I remember there being girls like Pauline at school; I only hope that their home lives were not as bleak as hers. The first study, which functioned as a of the idea that a common core for dark traits might exist, saw 304 volunteers anonymously answer a series of questionnaires that assessed them on each of the dark traits. I can see links a plenty. Gemma Barlow is a relatively spoiled child from an average family. The character of the child Pauline, from just such a background, deserves a more rounded treatment than she gets. The study ; published in the it has major implications for our understanding of the driving force behind certain behaviors. Pauline longs for the simple luxuries of Gemma's life: her neatly folded socks and her clean hair.
A book that starts with the obituary of a child star and has the context of a film starring Dirk Bogarde as a paedophile well, who else would you have cast, in the 1970s? Not only do they hope to meet her, they also hope to get bit parts in the film. I don't know how old Amanda Coe is, but I suspect she is too young to remember what life was like in England in the mid-1970s, at least as an adult. I imagined that Coe would go on to describe all the abuse encountered by Gemma and Pauline, but after a while the novel relies on hints and subtleties to inform the reader that the abuse is still ongoing. Set against the background of a film shoot in the mid-1970s, it is superficially about an unlikely relationship between two girls from very different backgrounds, but in fact is a coming of age story and is about character and the crushing of assumptions. Pauline herself had got the giggles, Nan passed out.
Coe has explained that she wanted to make reference to what she refers to as a misogynistic violence that hung over society at that time, particularly with reference to the Yorkshire Ripper. Coe does not spare us the details of poverty and sickening abuse, and there were scenes that made me question whether the main aim was to solely shock and provoke. It is, as you say, a dark read and I personally was not expecting the ending. But the film becomes a catalyst for the forces of the dysfunctional adult world and its impact on both girls as playground bullying escalates with terrible consequences. Set in a gritty Yorkshire town in the 1970s, the story's plot centers on the budding relationship— friendship would be too benign a word—between 10-year-old classmates Gemma and Pauline. The film production becomes a subplot, told from the perspectives of the producer, Quentin, and a gossipy, ageing actress called Vera.
But with our mapping of the , one can simply ascertain that the person has a high D-factor. Two pre-adolescent girls from very different backgrounds, but each damaged by parental neglect, bond in an unlikely and unholy alliance resulting in unspeakable horror. The idea of the D-factor was inspired by that of the which was proposed by Charles Spearman in the early 20th century and theorized that people who perform well on one variety of cognitive task also tend to score well on other such tasks and tests, as well. The researchers tested their theoretical framework by conducted four different studies. But even with the light relief of the film set, there is no denying that this is an extremely disturbing story. I sat and read this in a couple of sittings on Saturday having collected it for Mr M from the library. Other Recommended Reading: This book has been compared to everything from to Lolita.
Not a feel-good read, but a compulsive one, which will leave a profound and lasting impression if you are prepared to leave your emotional comfort zone. I know enough to know that. Why does all this matter? The girls in Amanda Coe's gripping and disturbing novel, What They Do in the Dark Norton , are anything but sheltered. She is also critical of the fact that modern culture allows events such as murder to feature as part of light entertainment, and wanted to portray the harsh realities for once. Personality traits with negative connotations have long been used to explain why some people engage in behavior considered to unethical, morally dubious, or otherwise socially questionable. Lallie is undeniably talented, doing an assortment of impressions as well as a kind of Vaudevillian farce in her popular sitcom, and some of her most ardent fans are about her age.
By extension, it would also mean that would be more likely to display others, as well. A third girl, Lallie, is a spoiled but exploited 11-year-old television star whom Gemma idolizes from afar. No one bothered with the papers at Adelaide Road, a world already chaotic enough with event and titillation. Spoiled but emotionally neglected Gemma, who seems to have everything, and semi-feral Pauline, who has less than nothing, are two very different ten-year-old girls growing up in a tough Yorkshire town in the 1970s. The loss of innocence is reflected in the narration; the first chapters are written in a simplistic, child-like way and by the end it is frantic and complex. Raised in relative luxury, smug Gemma feels her secure life eroding with her parents' breakup. My system for rating books relies on whether on not I would revisit the novel again, and this book puts me in a very difficult situation.