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By Mary Decker on 08-20-14
A prosaic tale of recovery and redemption
Would you listen to Saving Alessandra again? Why?
Saving Allessandra is a beautiful, prosaic tale of recovery and redemption. The story works on many levels, touching the raw emotion and loss of self and self-worth a victim of abuse can experience all the while trying to maintain an appearance and carriage that is proper for the time.
The story is told in a combination of journal entries and descriptive narrative that give the reader a good sense of both time and insight into how Alessandra allows herself to feel and describe what is happening. This can be a difficult method of writing because a journal is very personal and how the character approaches it, and how they write about what happens reveals quite a bit about a person – in what they say, how they say it-- and what they leave out, Christine Maria Jahn does an excellent job of maintaining this balance.
What about Pearl Hewitt’s performance did you like?
All of this is enhanced by the narration of Pearl Hewitt who does an excellent job of not only reading the book but adding the tone and nuance needed to heighten the emotional levels without going over the top. All in all a pleasant 'read'