by Bazhe OOO iUniverse
Category: Fiction / Autobiography
0 pages; ISBN: 0000000000
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Anne K. Edwards
There are many ways to make childhood a miserable experience and such is the story in Damages, a multi-level tale that can apply to a larger percentage of the world's population than expected. Misery doesn't recognize family position or income when it comes to children.
That such is true gives the reader a shared experience with the main character as he returns home to care for an ailing mother after his father's death. He remembers of his childhood as overshadowed by the importance of his father's position and not being allowed to have any friends who weren't socially acceptable. The result was a loneliness that followed him into manhood where he made devastating mistakes in relationships as he searched for an identity and a place to belong. A life spent trying to please his adoptive parents and the long search for his biological parents leaves the main character seeking friendship and fulfillment and finding none. He discovers his true self as a young man in full blown rebellion against the constraints of family and society which makes him an outcast.
Damages is a thorough study of what makes a person who they are, a solidly based tale of the development of the man from the influences of childhood and youth. Two stories in one, a young man's search for self while trying to prove his worth. Recommended reading for anyone who prefers to break away from formula tales.