Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son - Gordon Burn Reviews
Description:ISBN 0571222838 / Author: Gordon Burn / Genre: Crime / Thriller / Story of the Yorkshire Ripper
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Pages: 276, Hardcover, William Heinemann Ltd
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by - written on 24/06/01, updated on 24/06/01 (Very useful, 139 readings)
How bizarre do you have to be, to compulsively murder and sexually mutilate 13 women? Gordon Burn makes an honest attempt to delve into the life that Peter Sutcliffe once inhabited as a 'normal' human being. This book is a study about how someone could develop such hideous and murderous tendancies without their nearest and dearest suspecting a thing. Whilst it has to refer to the murders themselves, this is not the focus of the work and is therefore not treated as such. The book is more inclined towards that of his upbringing, his relationship with his family, the quality of relationship between his mother and father, not forgetting the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 17/02/01, updated on 17/02/01 (Very useful, 705 readings)
Do you remember the 1970's and early 1980's? Were you even born then? If so, then you will probably recall the name Peter Sutcliffe - also known as The Yorkshire Ripper. Sutcliffe was a serial killer who, for many years, terrorised women in the North of England, striking quickly and unexpectedly and yet somehow always eluding capture, sometimes seemingly by the skin of his teeth. "...somebody's husband, somebody's son" (sic) is Sutcliffe's story. Yet, it is not really a 'true crime' book, since Sutcliffe's murders and attempted murders barely merit a mention. The stated aim of the book, which author Gordon Burns wrote ... Read the complete review
by - written on 27/01/01, updated on 27/01/01 (Very useful, 91 readings)
I read this book the back in the early 90’s and although quite some time has passed, I still remember it in some detail. At that time, I found it lived up to my expectations in regard to details of the places and people involved in the murders and, to a lesser extent, the how and where they were carried out. However, I was disappointed by the amount of ‘hindsight’ which Gordon Burn chose to include in his re-examination of the 1980’s most notorious murders. The reader is treated to page after page of detail relating to Peter Sutcliffe’s ‘matrimonial problems’; his wife Sonia’s mental health problems ... Read the complete review
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