Before the Knife: Memories of an African Childhood

Before the Knife: Memories of an African Childhood

by Carolyn Slaughter
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Before the Knife: Memories of an African Childhood 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where is the rest of the story?? What happened to the parents and sister? How did they die? What happened to Virginia? This seemed like a very UNFINISHED story. What had the possibility of being interesting turned into a disappointment. Nothing pulled together in the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The life of Carolyn Slaughter is like no other. Imagine having parents who are present throughout your life all the time, but seem to despise you. Going throughout life without the feeling of love or comfort from neither mother nor father is extremely unbearable. Her father who began raping her at the tender age of 6, had issues of wanting to be in control at all times, whereas her mother, going through a state of depression, simply did not notice her. After reading this, you will appreciate the positive-sum-gain relationship you had with your parents, where each person gives and receives love, whereas she and her parents had a zero-sum-gain relationship because she was the only one giving the love and never receiving the love. The ending was great also, but it leaves the reader wanting to know more about her life after her teenage years.