Review by Rayasaurus -- Le Mutt by Eva Elle Rose

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Review by Rayasaurus -- Le Mutt by Eva Elle Rose

Post by Rayasaurus » 01 Dec 2019, 17:17

[Following is a volunteer review of "Le Mutt" by Eva Elle Rose.]
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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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Post by Prisallen » 13 Jan 2020, 15:30

It is hard to imagine a person going through all of that and surviving. I admire the author for making it through and telling her story! Thank you for the wonderful review!

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Post by Rayasaurus » 13 Jan 2020, 17:59

Prisallen wrote:
13 Jan 2020, 15:30
It is hard to imagine a person going through all of that and surviving. I admire the author for making it through and telling her story! Thank you for the wonderful review!
It certainly is; I admire her as well. Thank you for your comment!

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Post by Reynaa » 14 Jan 2020, 09:18

This seems like such a heartbreaking sharing of the author's story. I admire her strength in sharing her traumas. Thank you for the insightful review!

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Post by Rayasaurus » 14 Jan 2020, 10:05

Reynaa wrote:
14 Jan 2020, 09:18
This seems like such a heartbreaking sharing of the author's story. I admire her strength in sharing her traumas. Thank you for the insightful review!
Thank you for your comment!

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Post by Tomah » 14 Jan 2020, 12:05

These sorts of stories often help us view our lives in perspective and be grateful for what we have. I'm not sure I'd like to read such an intense book right now, but it does sound absolutely worthwhile. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Kansas City Teacher » 14 Jan 2020, 13:26

Good point about the privileged / underprivileged backgrounds. That never even occurred to me. Good insight. :)
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Post by Rayasaurus » 14 Jan 2020, 14:34

Kansas City Teacher wrote:
14 Jan 2020, 13:26
Good point about the privileged / underprivileged backgrounds. That never even occurred to me. Good insight. :)
Tomah wrote:
14 Jan 2020, 12:05
These sorts of stories often help us view our lives in perspective and be grateful for what we have. I'm not sure I'd like to read such an intense book right now, but it does sound absolutely worthwhile. Thanks for the review!
Thank you both for your comments!

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Post by diana lowery » 15 Jan 2020, 09:09

"Underdogs overcoming circumstances" seems like a pretty popular theme. I am happy that the individuals who went through such struggles are able to write about them. I imagine it must be therapeutic.

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Post by Rayasaurus » 15 Jan 2020, 11:55

diana lowery wrote:
15 Jan 2020, 09:09
"Underdogs overcoming circumstances" seems like a pretty popular theme. I am happy that the individuals who went through such struggles are able to write about them. I imagine it must be therapeutic.
I certainly hope that it's therapeutic. Thank you very much for your comment!

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Post by Nerea » 16 Jan 2020, 02:28

I view memoirs as inspiring and comforting too. Sounds like the author went through a lot of suffering to get to where she is at present. I would love to read the book, but can't because I'm sensitive to some of the topics highlighted in the story. Thanks for the informative review.
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Post by Charlyt » 16 Jan 2020, 04:58

Such a harrowing experience. I'm glad the author was able to pull through and write a book about it. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Rayasaurus » 16 Jan 2020, 09:21

Nerea wrote:
16 Jan 2020, 02:28
I view memoirs as inspiring and comforting too. Sounds like the author went through a lot of suffering to get to where she is at present. I would love to read the book, but can't because I'm sensitive to some of the topics highlighted in the story. Thanks for the informative review.
She definitely did go through a lot; thank you for your comment!

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Post by Rayasaurus » 16 Jan 2020, 09:22

Charlyt wrote:
16 Jan 2020, 04:58
Such a harrowing experience. I'm glad the author was able to pull through and write a book about it. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Cotwani » 16 Jan 2020, 21:53

An intense compelling read, wow! I like when underdogs overcome their circumstances by grit. A pity about the dry writing style. Great review!
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