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Ge aldrig upp
by Michael Alonzo
First line: Jag sprang in pÃ¥ apoteket.
Back cover blurb:
I Ge aldrig upp berÃ¤ttar Michael Alonzo, den fÃ¶rre sÃ¥ngaren i kultpunkbandet KSMB samt Stockholms negrer, sin egen historia. Det Ã¤r berÃ¤ttelsen om hur han lever med en kvinna som utÃ¥t sÃ¤tt Ã¤r kÃ¤rleksfull och god, men som inom hemmets vÃ¤ggar snart visar sig vara en djÃ¤vul — en kvinna som slÃ¥r och misshandlar sin man. NÃ¤r hon senare vÃ¤ntar parets barn bestÃ¤mmer hon sig dessutom fÃ¶r att hon inte vill ha Michael som far, varpÃ¥ hon kidnappar pojken och fÃ¶rsvinner.
Naket och sjÃ¤lvutlÃ¤mnade berÃ¤ttar Michael Alonzo om hur han av sonens mamma blir frÃ¥ntagen rÃ¤tten att trÃ¤ffa sin son. Och vi fÃ¥r dÃ¤refter fÃ¶lja den svÃ¥ra kampen fÃ¶r att fÃ¥ honom Ã¥ter.
Thoughts: This book is interesting in that it tells the tale of a man who was physically and verbally abused by his wife. It’s not often you hear stories like that, and some people even refuse to believe that such cases exist. Alonzo, whose tale it is, really had to struggle, not only with having been abused and had his son stolen away, but with not being believed and almost being ridiculed for what he had experienced.
At some points during the book, I was almost boiling with rage, because it was all so completely unfair. If you are a man, and you are a father, and you’ve fallen out with the mother of your child(ren), it’s almost impossible to win back your rights to spend time with your child.
The book could have been better, but it still earns itself a C.