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A Life of Turmoil: The Short Stories of Ana Franken, 08150017 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
It’s hard to imagine that the person who delivered you into this was world — the person you call mother; would be the one capable of tearing you apart: becoming the living, breathing nightmare that drags you to hell and back. What’s worse is your brothers seem to be brainwashed by your mother’s adoration for them that they’d rather stay oblivious to the cruelty inflicted upon you — sometimes even gaining pleasure from it! And father? Well, you’ll just have to grab yourself a copy of the book to find out about him. Ana Franken, the protagonist of this story finds herself in such a predicament. When reading this story I couldn’t help but think of Poetic Injustice; this innocent unassuming child didn’t deserve that; no child deserves to be treated the way she had been. I had to keep reminding myself that the book was a work of fiction and not really true; the story was narrated in the first point of view which had me going through the motions with the character. There were times I was sad for her and other times angry and disappointed, while I voiced in my head what I would have done. Though if there is anything I’ve learned, is that it is always so easy to say what you could have done until you’re actually placed in the situation: then everything isn’t so clear and easy anymore. The book was well written and even though the main theme was sad; the words spoken by Ana were poetic in some instances. In a story like this, you find that there are characters you’ll sympathize with and ones that will test your very last nerve. I’d recommend this novel to anyone interested in the theme.
This was a very emotional read. “A Life of Turmoil” is a narrative of a young woman named Ana Franken, who recounts her abusive childhood in her mother’s home. She is physically and emotionally abused by her mother and her brothers. Somehow, she finds the will to survive the trauma inflicted upon her by her family, and reach adulthood, where things begin to change for the better. Even though there were times where Ana’s story felt overwhelming, once I started reading it, I was unable to put it down. The short stories are more like journal entries, and Ana’s voice draws you in. I definitely recommend this book.