3 out of 4 stars
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Le Mutt by Eva Elle Rose is a memoir of a truly chilling tragedy-to-triumph life. She grew up in abject poverty with a mother who left her at a young age and a physically abusive stepfather, and it takes a long time for her to be able to truly get on her feet. Le Mutt is gritty and shows many unsavory parts of life, poverty, and marriage. It details the author’s climb up from the absolute worst place she could be in into a comfortable sphere of life.
My favorite aspect of this book is definitely how intense it is. The details are generally understated but that understatement only adds to the subtle horror Eva and the reader share. Each event lays a brick to build up to the house that is her life and none of the details included are truly frivolous even though some may initially seem so. The narrative is very obviously the true account of one’s life, and yet it also is a compelling, deep story.
My least favorite aspect of this book is the relatively dry writing style. Though the events themselves are incredibly interesting and compelling, the writing style itself is not. There is very little variety in the sentence structure. The dialogue generally reads more like a formal speech than something someone would actually say. However, the style is very similar to a very typical memoir style.
Considering both the intense and compelling nature of the story and the dry style of writing, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Le Mutt causes the reader to think both about Eva’s life and one’s own life. The narrative is an important one to consider especially for people who come from a more privileged background, but people from less privileged backgrounds can read this story and relate to Eva’s experiences as well.
I would not recommend Le Mutt for anyone who is sensitive toward any of the following topics, as they all occur at some point or another: sexual content, pedophilia, rape, physical violence, physical abuse, self harm, suicide attempts, and eating disorders. However, if one can handle those issues being spoken about, this book is a good read for anyone who likes to read tales of underdogs overcoming circumstances. The events of the author’s life are harrowing, but they are also a good reminder for just how much humans can take and still work their way into stability.
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