A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Elephant Man by Mariangela Di Fiore

Elephant Man by Mariangela Di Fiore. Illustrated by Hilde Hodnefjeld
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

53 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Annick Press Ltd.
first published in Norwegian 2013

Beautiful heart-wrenching story of John Merrick's life from birth to his legacy after death. The book doesn't dwell on his abuse but certainly tells the sorry tale of his young life and presents the ultimate story of being bullied for today's reader. Merrick is shown for the strong person he was inside, overcoming obstacles and hardships until the great change when he came to live in the hospital with his doctor friend. Then we see the tender, sophisticated man who wrote poetry, read books and discussed the arts with his visitors including a Princess. The writing is wonderful and compassionate concentrating on Merrick's character and the illustration captures his deformities while giving him dignity. A had a lump in my throat reading this and found it extremely well-done.

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