An extreme experience.
A heartbreaking autobiographical novel.
The author testifies to bewildering crimes, occurring in Italy, just three decades ago, inside a family and in a mental hospital. Unimaginable crimes almost too absurd to believe possible, that no one has ever before dared to expose to public scrutiny.
Actual events chronicled from a reality so bizarre, so nightmarish, where demented and criminal madmen continued to segregate, abuse, and torture a sane and innocent young woman almost to the point of no return.
A story of illness and despair, loving kindness and hatred, healing and romance, friendship and superstition, loneliness and loss, envy and revenge, electroshock and the worst psychical and physical abuses in an asylum turned house of horrors.
Yet, on a distant horizon, the only hope: A deliverance through the miraculous devotion of love.
My Heart Stopped Beating was a pretty good book. I was a bit confused with some of the suggestions, and what was happening because I was reading too quickly, and the way that they translated it to be closer to the author's voice made it sometimes difficult to tell what was going on.
So it's not a book to read quickly, but it's one that, at a reasonable pace, will be finished in no time at all and have not been confused because it's less then 200 pages.
This book was emotional, and it portrayed a strong girl, then a strong young woman, who endured hardships beyond imagining. It's frightening that somebody would do that to others, even if it was 30 years ago.
It was scary, and hard to think about, and I really, really, really didn't like the aunt, she was mean, bitter, and manipulative, and just not a nice person, and what she put Chamed through, it was inhumane. I hope that she at least went to jail at some point because of her actions. What she put Chamed through...no one should go through that.
Through the pain and suffering, Chamed was a great character, and this was a great book! I hope you guys check it out if you can!
Read: July 18th, 2011
Source: Pump Up Your Book Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded like a really great book!
Published: July 31st 2011
Chamed is not the registry office name of the author, yet it is not a pseudonym. She lives in Tuscany, she works mostly abroad, as a painter on canvas and porcelain. Some of her porcelain works are displayed in exhibitions in Italy, Sweden and Poland, France, Portugal and Brazil. My Heart Stopped Beating is her first novel. A second novel by her is forthcoming.
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