Review: Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
Reviewer Persis ("Perky") Granger: Perky is
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of Science in Teaching at SUNY Plattsburgh.
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Author: Richard Edward Noble
In Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother, Richard Edward Noble takes us into the life, the mind, the very soul, of a young boy in the hardscrabble mill town of Lawrence, Massachusetts in the mid-1900s. The third child of a frequently absent alcoholic seaman and an abusive mother, Richard silently observes the interrelationships of those around him and struggles to understand his family and reconcile it with the catechism taught by the nuns at his school and the social mores evident elsewhere.
Noble does an excellent job of capturing the observations, understanding and emotions of a young boy, wise beyond his years, wiser than any child should have to be, who teaches the reader the difference between, in the author’s words, “discipline and abuse, between a spanking and a beating, between being scolded and being harried, between learning and indoctrination.” A hauntingly troubled story, Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother will take you to the dark side of a damaged child’s brain.Click Here To Purchase and/or Find Out More About HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER