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10 thoughts on “A Hole in the World: An American Boyhood

  1. says:

    Ok, now hear this, everyone who liked that piece of shit A Child Called It If you want to see an example of a credible, well written account of child abuse, pick up A Hole in the World Oh, I mean, Rhodes s books is nowhere near as fascinating as Dave Pelzer s I mean, who on earth could possibly be interested in reading a book about child abuse where the mother doesn t stab the child in the heart with a carving knife and rub a shit covered diaper in his face That s real writing for you but unlike Pelzer, Rhodes, a Pulitzer Prize winner for The Making of the Atomic Bomb, manages to write his story without coming across as narcissistic, self congratulatory, and untalented all at once The prose in the book is spare and striking, and the story is told without an ounce of sensationalism or self pity.

  2. says:

    I m not a fan of books about child abuse I m well aware of all the horrors that take place in our world and there are than enough accounts of them living in my brain as it is I require no further goading to sustain my outrage Nonetheless, I am extremely glad I took the time to read Richard Rhodes s memoir of his childhood Writing as a man of over fifty, Rhodes has a perspective on his past that allows him to both make sense of it and acknowledge his own sometimes maladaptive responses to his experiences Nowhere in the book does he wallow in self pity, nor does he make excuses for his later struggles with alcoholism or his broken marriages Instead, Rhodes presents with painful clarity the events of his growing up in Kansas City his mother s suicide when he was barely a year old his father s inability to maintain a stable home for his boys, allowing them grow attached to families with whom they roomed and then taking them away abruptly and without further contact his father s later marriage to a sadistic woman from whom he refused to protect his children and his brother s valor in seeking the help that eventually got them removed from their father s care and placed in the tough but stable residential farm home for boys in which they finished growing up Rhodes coming of age, his gradual development from nearly fatal victimization to self reliant if damaged manhood, makes for fascinating reading at times absolutely heart wrenching and at times deeply encouraging I highly recommend this book for anyone wishing to understand the lasting effects of childhood trauma and also for those dealing with those effects themselves Rhodes did not set out to write an inspirational book, but he has done so despite himself and with a great levening of realism that makes his story all the valuable.

  3. says:

    Along with its prose, what s beautiful about this book is that it s not sensationalistic, hyperbolic, or sympathy seeking Rather, it depicts a well balanced, middle aged man attempting to achieve peace despite and reconciliation with the traumatic abuses of his upbringing A Whole in the World is as courageous as it is intelligent and humbly restrained Highly recommended.

  4. says:

    The writing is excellent the story is crushing and frightening This an abused child memoir, but it encompasses so much of the author s life in order to give the reader a bigger picture The abuse is the crushing part The frightening part is the author s inner world after the abuse He is just somewhat frightening to me in both his pain and his rage He gets help, quite a lot of help in many ways by many people His older brother Stanley experiences another trauma in the school the boys go to after they are removed from the family home It sears into him in a way that is heartbreaking I do understand the hole in the world concept being both an adopted child even with excellent adoptive parents there is still a baby with a hole in her world where the birth mother is absent and there is a hole in my world where my deceased son is absent from this world I sympathize and empathize, and thank the author for sharing his story.

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    I read this right after re reading Scott Peck s People of the Lie and was astonished at the similarities My motivation was the realization that there are some people in my own family who have been acting with evil intentions and in a destructive way towards their own children, now adults I had been in the middle for many years but now realize that we all need to be alert and aware to this issue and protect children from harm caused sometimes by those who should be taking care and giving unconditional love This book is brilliantly written and moving I met Richard Rhodes back in the 80 s when I was at the University of Kansas and still a resident of that state my mom and sister still live in Shawnee Mission, KS and I had bought that book a few years ago only because I recognized his name Only now though did I open up and read it Amazing how these things happen in one s lifeyou buy a book, it sits on your shelf and then one day it becomes a life changing experience.

  6. says:

    This was a powerful book The best thing about it is its lush writing style and descriptions.But the pain and abuse Richard Rhodes and his brother dealt with was painful and depressing Recovery was difficult The abuse seemed to scar the both of them They eventually ended up at a rather lovely orphanage that encouraged hard work, though I wonder about allowing kids that young to slaughter animals That was kind of creepy But it was amazing reading about how they survived their childhood, going from being deprived of food to having as much as they need to eat and how they struggled to become whole.

  7. says:

    I grew up in Independence, MO, down the street from Drumm Farm where Richard Rhodes lived in this book , and went to school with many boys from there This book gave me so much insight into, and empathy for, those odd mean orphaned outsider classmates and their struggles Rhodes s achievements are amazing considering his obstacles.

  8. says:

    Very powerful story of the effect of neglect and abuse Richard s life stays with you long after you finish the book The story was interesting to me from a local standpoint as well Richard lived at Drumm Farm in Independence, not far from my home.

  9. says:

    A friend of mine mentioned this book while we were chatting at the xerox machine I m so happy he did Rhodes has written a beautiful, restrained memoir first, telling the story of a hellish childhood without self pity or drama, but then recounting his rescue from that abuse with real joy He s also exceptionally careful about what he can and cannot remember, a scrupulousness unusual among memoirists A truly extraordinary book.

  10. says:

    I have long enjoyed Rhode s books on the history of the Manhattan project and the wider nuclear weapons history at large This book was a totally different departure It is about his life growing up in Kansas City during the 30s and 40s, the same time period as my own father and in the same town Because of its setting and timeframe I felt it offered me a little insight into my father s upbringing as well Major similarities.

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A Hole in the World: An American Boyhood When He First Published A Hole In The World In , Pulitzer Prize Winner Richard Rhodes Helped Launch And Legitimate A Decade Long Publishing Phenomenon The Memoir Of Abused Childhood In This Tenth Anniversary Edition, Rhodes Offers New Reflections On The Abuse He And His Older Brother Endured At The Hands Of Their Terrorizing Stepmother And Negligent Father He Also Describes Readers Powerful And Moving Responses To His Book, Considers His Changing Sentiments As The Years Have Passed, And Provides Additional Details On His Brother Stanley, Who Remains The Author S True Hero In This Moving Memoir