Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tolson 4 TEARS* Reviews "Deaf, Dumb, Blind and Stupid"

Deaf, Dumb, Blind, and Stupid: Michael Anderson’s Fight for Life by Tremayne Moore @Mahntre is a story about a boy suffering from child abuse. Although fictionalized, the author states that it is based on a true story. There are too few books about abuse and its life-long effects on males.

What makes this book unique is in the format: A pastor explains to the congregation the tragic history of young Michael and educates the parishioners on the topic of child abuse. Woven throughout the pastor’s speech are snippets from the boy’s personal diary, read aloud to the attendees; the journals indicate the emotional devastation of abuse and the deep despair of the victim. Thus, there is a cautionary tale within the pastor’s eulogy, one that urges readers to become aware of abuse and its ramifications.

This could be considered a coming-of-age story because it takes the reader from the main character’s childhood through adolescence. During this time, Michael explains through the journals his observations of society, such as the hypocrisy of religions, the injustice in society, and the betrayals of love. He is a sensitive boy, thinking and feeling on a mature, meaningful level; he is wise beyond his years.

Through this novel, Tremayne Moore offers to open lines of communication of social problems such as abuse and suicide. He even developed a question guide for use by an individual reader or a book club. Deaf, Dumb, Blind and Stupid provides the necessary awareness of child abuse and how it may evolve into a tragic loss of human potential.

Review completed by Lynn C. Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story

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