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All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Disturbing

This is possibly the most disturbing book I have ever read. I would read some, put it down, then go back to it again--needing time away to digest MacDonald's painful family stories. The author spares nothing in his brutally honest depiction of life growing up in the "So...
This is possibly the most disturbing book I have ever read. I would read some, put it down, then go back to it again--needing time away to digest MacDonald's painful family stories. The author spares nothing in his brutally honest depiction of life growing up in the "Southie" part of Boston. I felt broken-hearted for the MacDonald children and though I felt deeply for his mother and all the losses she suffered, I also felt angry with her at times for her reckless behavior in bringing child after child into a world in which she knew she could not provide for them. While the author expresses his legitimate anger toward the police and local government, toward Whitey Bulger and his consorts, and toward the culture of extreme pride to the point of silence, he seems to place little blame on a culture of parental negligence and irresponsibility. Why such a huge disconnect? Through Michael's eyes we see with stark clarity how the onslaught of drugs and organized crime can wreak havoc on individuals, families, and entire neighborhoods, and I am amazed and heartened by his ability to avoid being consumed by the entrenched culture of violence and despair and work to try to turn things around. I only hope there are more like him who can make a difference in some young lives. I recommend this book highly.

posted by JustMyTwoCents on April 19, 2011

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

OK

Not as good, but not as depressing as "Angela's Ashes."

posted by anonomas on April 26, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    I wanna know more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Their Story: Dismay Stormcloak.

    Lightkit wandered through the forest. She wasn't looking for a clan, nor was she looking for a Twoleg place. She wanted to be anassassin. Why not? Her clan was dead. Might as well be. Though, sh would need a new name. From the stories she heard from Skyrose, her mother, most assassin clans weren't too keen on “clan” names. Also, the gruff rogues that killed her parents had names like Katana, and Woe. <br>"What's a young kit like you doing in Bloodclan territory?" Sneered a voice. Glancing around, Lightkit realized she was in an alley. The cat in front of her was rather underfed and quite pitiful. So, she did whatever normal(ish...) kit would do. She puffed up twice her size and snarled at him. <br>"l can go where l want. Where is your leader?" Clearly taken bak by this small kit, he managed to lead her to a dumpster. <br>"Scourge, sir...the-there's a c-cat he–"<br>"Shut up, you idiot. I can smell her." A slender black and white cat came from under the dumpster. He had a collar studded with teeth.<br>"Who are you, intruder? Answer quickly, l'm a bit hungery and have no problem eating kittens."<br>Lightkit lashed her tail. "I am Lightkit, daughter of leader Ninestar. Tell me about this Bloodclan. I want to...join."<br>Scourge licked a paw for a while, considering. "Well. I like your spirit. However, a name like Lightkit can bring trouble. You will be Dismay. If you have any interest in learning some skills, you shall be trained by December. Go. Now." <br>She turned and smirked. 'This is what l wanted.' She thought before a cat jumped in front of her.<br>"Hello, “Dismay”. I am December. December Stormcloak."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Awesome!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    borrow not buy

    Disfuctional families and slums books true or fiction do nothing but make a little money for the authors do not treat the problems and when specific as to area and ethnic group and religion often backfires and leaves the reader with a deeper stero type in his mind . Since i had just read columbine the question of "evil" not ethnic religious bad schools poverty or gangs.....honor students with own cars and jobs to pay for their guns bombs ammo and computer savy.......who what why can be blamed? Should disfunctional be "entertainment"?

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    Posted April 30, 2013

    Angel

    *still kissing you*

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