Monday, August 22, 2011

My Heart Stopped Beating: Review

From Goodreads:
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 Review:
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 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!

Author: Chamed
Read: July 18th, 2011
Source: Pump Up Your Book Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded like a really great book!
Publisher: MindLeaves
Published: July 31st 2011
4/5 Hearts
3/5 Books
3.5/5 Stars

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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Stops on the Tour:
Monday, August 1
Interview at Pump Up Your Book

Tuesday, August 2
Spotlight at Review From Here

Wednesday, August 3
Guest Post at Review From Here
Interview at Literal Exposure

Thursday, August 4
Interview at AllVoices

Friday, August 5
Guest Post at Pitching Pencils

Monday, August 8
Interview at Beyond the Books

Tuesday, August 9
Guest Post at One Day at a Time

Wednesday, August 10

Thursday, August 11
Interview at American Chronicle

Friday, August 12
Guest Post at The Book Connection

Monday, August 15
Guest Post at Finding Our Way Home

Tuesday, August 16
Interview at As the Pages Turn

Thursday, August 18
Guest Post at Inkyblots

Friday, August 19

Monday, August 22

Tuesday, August 23
Interview at BlogCritics

Wednesday, August 24
Interview at Book Marketing Buzz

Thursday, August 25
Guest Post at Life with Karen

Friday, August 26
Review at Life with Karen

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