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Ugly - Constance Briscoe
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Ugly - Constance Briscoe
Advantages: Excellent plotline...Characters...M emories
Disadvantages: How dare you ask for this!?
About two years ago, my grandmother suggested that I read this book as she found it utterly inspirational. Now, my nan's read a few books in her time, and I never passed off an opportunity to read a classic story about an innocent girls powerless prejudice.
One of the things that really struck me about this book is the way Briscoe conveys herself. She uses clear, vivid and honest memories to express her feelings of inferiority and separation.
"Ugly" is a moving book about a childhood lead in dismay, expressing the importance of not only having a dream, but what you have to cope with to successfully get there.
Constance Briscoe, referred to in the book as "Clare" begins as an 11 year old girl, with a "loveless childhood" Clare is indeed unloved...but unloved is not the word to describe how she was treated. Abused,tortured and forced to live a life of solitude, feeling inferior and an obvious deprivation of love. But there was one thing that could never be taken from Clare: her hope, belief and rare talents.
Briscoe explores her childhood memories, mostly painful. The fact that an author can openly show emotions and personal grief is something which gives a quality stamp on a good book. The cover shows an image of Clare, however reading a book, understanding an authors characterisation and building up an image of a character can lead to a unique picture in your head; this is exactly what this book does. I'm surprised I hadn't heard of this book before as it would have tought me so much about what people have to go through in life, making me more tolerable of the little things that depress me. Ugly has definitely taught me this, opening my naive eyes to a painful world of suffering and the consequenses of having nobody to turn to...
In the book, Clare's mother is portrayed as an evil woman with no love for her young offspring. Clare's mother points out all of Clare's flaws, making her feel bad about herself, physically and mentally torturing her. Briscoe describes her pain using some strong laguage, effectively allowing me to empathise with how she felt during this tough time in her life.
The character of Clare is shown as being very tolerable with her pain. Through the bed wetting stage, a new father and the arrival of a younger sibling. I admire the book for how it expressed a true story, by a truly inspirational author. I hope that other people can enjoy this book, as it taught me many a lesson in life.
Clare had a dream of being a judge, she wanted to be different, which she already is; but was discouraged by her unsupportive family.
Clare tried to show how she was feeling inside, but she was not listened to at all by anyone. She was despised by her family, encouraged by her teachers; Clare was only a child, but she had unique potential and grades which only support this.
Clare has to make a decision..live with her family, or live a life of her own where she can be free and safe.
But, you'll have to read to find out which path she takes...
Ugly is available in most good book retailers and on Ebay for around £6.99 for a new copy, and £4.99 for a used copy. I hope my review can be useful to potential buyers.
Summary: An utterly amazing book, will have your heart in your throat...