The Magic Castle: A Mother's Harrowing True Story of Her Adoptive Son's Multiple Personalities-- and the Triumph of Healing

The Magic Castle: A Mother's Harrowing True Story of Her Adoptive Son's Multiple Personalities-- and the Triumph of Healing

by Carole Smith


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When Carole Smith and her husband decided to take on a foster child that no one else would have, they knew ten-year-old Alex would be difficult. But nothing had prepared them for the unruly, self-destructive boy who stormed into their lives. Alone with Alex during the day, Carole was baffled by his infantile tantrums and violent, self-hating behaviors. Exasperated, she tried relating to him as the two-year-old he appeared to be, and finally, a door to Alex's mind began to open.

With the help of psychiatrist Dr. Steven Kingsbury, Alex's tormented mind revealed a host of personalities, each born in a horrifying episode of Alex's past -- each carrying a memory too powerful for his conscious mind to handle. As the personalities came forth in the safety of Alex's inner, secret castle, they unleashed stories of abandonment, brain-washing, and sexual abuse by those Alex trusted the most. In the spellbinding tradition of Sybil and When the Rabbit Howls, here is a fascinating true story of the human mind; of innocence shattered by inhuman cruelty; and ultimately of love's power to transform fragments into wholeness -- tragedy into triumph.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312171964
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/15/1998
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.68(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Carole Smith is a former schoolteacher who lives with her family in Massachusetts.

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The Magic Castle: A Mother's Harrowing True Story of Her Adoptive Son's Multiple Personalities-- and the Triumph of Healing 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some factual errors regarding the use of the star in a circle symbol and its relationship to literal satanism. Most upsetting is the idea of babies being murdered and sacrificed. No physical evidence of the remains of these poor babies have been found anywhere in the United States to date. Reminiscent of the "satanic panic" literature which was prevalent in the 70s and 80s. Writing is adequate but the subject matter adds nothing to the current understanding of how memory works. There are other, less sensational accounts of people who have survived horrific child abuse and rape. This book also probably NOT appropriate for adolescents.
justablondemoment on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a tough one for me. Books like this make me want to find the abusers and go 'postal'. Then I want to find the survivors and warm fuzzy them. Alex's story is one that needs not just to be read but taken into the readers soul and left there never to be forgotten. Even though this story was years ago still there is much understood about this mental illness and that is so very sad. It was hard to read they way it was wrote. It seemed the style was one of jumping around and I had to go back and forth alot which tends to irrate me. Given that one tiny peeve it was a remarkable read. Filled with all the disgust for the villians to fill an ocean and all the admiration for the victim for the courage to survive and heal.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
This story will break your heart. The things this young man had to endure were horrible. Not for the weak of heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kenneth Laning, an F.B.I. agent and a conservative Christian, investigated 200+ so called occult crimes. He began his project firmly believing that occult crimes existed and the tales of breeders kept perpetually pregnant to provide unbaptizrd infant for sacrifice, etc. He concluded there was NO evidence to back up the claims.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I again used this book in my classroom as supplimental reading. Students engaged in very insighful discussion. Truly a study in compassion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This boy's story was so very emotional and shocking, I truly cried at his pain. I read Magic Castle in two days. I was amazed at the courage and strength of this child! This is a story you will want to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a reader at all i hate to read, but when i started to read this book i got so into it i could not put it down. it is a great book and a sad story. The way this boy over comes his struggles is amazing and heart warming. This book is well woth the time and money you put into it. TWO THUMBS WAY UP!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having just finished a unit on abnormal psychology and touching on multiple personalities, i had several students in the class read the magic castle. I think it gave them a personal insight into how multiple personalities work. Very interesting book. I would highly recommend it to read.