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I found this book right when I needed someone to let me know that the "Thorny Path" that I have taken is not the wrong path. That it is just the rare path that our PC society isn't okay with. But other people do take the path I am on and find "freedom".
Two years ago, I decided to be happy, and started doing what I wanted to do with my life. As you can imagine, I caught alot of backlash from friends and family.
What a refreshing book.
Would you listen to The Little Voice again? Why?
Yes. The book has lots of details about current life.
What other book might you compare The Little Voice to, and why?
What does Ralph Lister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He gave character to the charecter.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
How parents and teachers have a long lasting impact on his is life.
Any additional comments?
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The story is about main character Yew's journey of self discovery. Yew displayed challenging behaviour as a child and in an effort to overcome this the adults in his life conditioned into him a blind deference to authority. As a teen and adult he then conformed to the expectations of authority figures even when it ran counter to his own interests or what he believed to be ethically correct. He then came to discover that this made neither him or the authorities he was conforming to happy so spiralled into a rebellion.
Although I enjoyed the story overall, in some parts his just describing the behaviour without acknowledging harm he caused or his sense of shame felt quite ackward to read. Even if he didn't agree with his carers methods, clearly he did require stirring away from fighting and looking up girls skirts. Discribing unhelpful smashing of windows as activisim when it's the sort of thing that actually undermines and distracts from activisim also grated on me.
Many young people with huge uni debts may also struggle to see Yew's negative perspective on being provided a free uni education and the fact Yew saw Uni having no value in and of itself if it didn't result in particular employment outcomes.... well I wondered if this part of the narrative could of been filled out more. Was he pushed into a particular course for example? Overall inspite all my frustrations with the character the book was thought prevoking and did point towards misspriorties and problems in our society. I do still plan to read Joss Sheldon's other books.