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They Cage the Animals at Night (Signet) (edició 1985)

de Jennings Michael Burch

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"One rainy day in Brooklyn, Jennings Michael Burch's mother, too sick to care for him, left him at an orphanage, saying only, "I'll be right back." She never returned. Shuttled through a series of bleak foster homes and institutions, he never remained in any of them long enough to make a friend. Instead, Jennings clung to a tattered stuffed animal, his sole source of warmth in a frightening world. This is the poignant story of his lost childhood. But it is also the triumphant tale of a little boy who finally gained the courage to reach out for love-and found it waiting for him."--Cover.… (més)
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Títol:They Cage the Animals at Night (Signet)
Autors:Jennings Michael Burch
Informació:Signet (1985), Paperback, 304 pages
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twas a bore. ( )
  Inho_Yukine | Oct 29, 2020 |
I absolutely loved this book. The story of Jennings Michael Burch is both heart-wrenching and uplifting. The book vividly captures that sadness and anxiety that envelop a young boy who is shuffled between orphanages and foster homes. I found the narrative to be remarkably authentic. I know some reviewers have wondered aloud if the author embellished his experiences to make them even more harrowing than they were. Others have aptly noted that the writing is far from perfect. But the fact that Burch doesn't come off as a Faulkner, Hemingway or Steinbeck makes the book even more authentic. True, the emotional roller coaster ride readers experience as Jennings is bounced back and forth from his home to various facilities is draining. But that's the whole point. I can't recommend this book highly enough. ( )
  brianinbuffalo | Feb 23, 2020 |
As a nine year old, this book killed me. So sad. I loved it. I was a bit obsessed with orphans/foster children though. ( )
  Katie80 | Oct 8, 2018 |
Meh. This was an easy read, moving along quickly, but not especially gripping, and not interesting writing. typical of an amateur writer. I suspect that much of this was fictionalized. Or, perhaps it was a collection of the experiences of a number of different children in the homes. But some of the stories just seem suspect, particularly the last, where he's made to stand in a pee-soaked sheet all night and then stand naked in front of all the kids. Why was there ever only one adult supervising 150 or more children in those homes at any one time? Really? And always the mean ones? The nice adults seemed to work only marginally. I also suspect the whole episode with the Dailys was made up. If he'd been whipped at the home, Mrs. Daily would have seen the marks when she bathed him. And just why were SO MANY people SO MEAN, especially that first womon, Mrs. Carpenter? It takes a lot of energy to be that mean. Who has that kind of energy to spare, especially when they're somewhat desperate themselves?

I have no doubt that he did grow up in homes and had a difficult childhood, and that horrible things happened to the children in those homes. But in watching a video of him with Michael Jackson when he was towards the end of this life, it seemed as though perhaps he wasn't quite "normal". He begged, tearfully, for MJ to promise, like a 5 year old, that they'd be best friends forever. He comes across, even in the book, a little backwards, and it's not a stretch to think he might have elaborated on his stories. He was, after all, trying to sell a book. ( )
  Lit_Cat | Dec 9, 2017 |
It was good, but not exactly what I expected from the blurbs on the front and back covers. I was glad for the author that it wasn't a situation where he was in an institution or foster home constantly, but yet, each time he got to go home and then had to go back into the system, it was heart-breaking to read. I was glad the story had a somewhat happy ending--and also glad to see that Doggie stayed even into adulthood. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Sep 10, 2017 |
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"One rainy day in Brooklyn, Jennings Michael Burch's mother, too sick to care for him, left him at an orphanage, saying only, "I'll be right back." She never returned. Shuttled through a series of bleak foster homes and institutions, he never remained in any of them long enough to make a friend. Instead, Jennings clung to a tattered stuffed animal, his sole source of warmth in a frightening world. This is the poignant story of his lost childhood. But it is also the triumphant tale of a little boy who finally gained the courage to reach out for love-and found it waiting for him."--Cover.

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