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Dragonslippers : this is what an abusive…

Dragonslippers : this is what an abusive relationship looks like

by Rosalind B. Penfold

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Reading this books made my stomach turn that is how well this graphic novel is written. I read this novel in a a few hours which says something about how compelling the story is. The author uses a pseudonym not only for her her own privacy but also to illustrate that fact that "Rosalind B. Penfold" can be any person who goes through and survives domestic abuse. ( )
  MariaKhristina | Nov 25, 2009 |
This autobiography tells, through a pictorial diary, the story of a successful woman who was in an abusive relationship. It offers caution against ignoring the warning signs of abuse and offers inspiration for women who want to break free from abusive relationships. The animation and cartoon style conveys a message that sometimes cannot be captured in words. This is particularly useful when illustrating the devastating impact of emotional and verbal abuse, which is not easily articulated. It provides a view of the whole family and the impact experienced by each member as an incident is occurring. The book effectively demonstrates warning signs of control and power that may occur in the beginning of an abusive relationship. The reader also gains an important and rare insight by witnessing abuse through a child's eyes.
  dvrcvlibrary | Feb 1, 2009 |
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This book is very informative about domestic violence, and shares about the cycle of violence and the impact of emotional abuse. The drawings in the book are very powerful.
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Rosalind B. Penfold is an appealing, successful thirty-five-year-old businesswoman running her own company when her parents, worried that she works too hard, invite her to a country picnic-party one weekend. There she meets widower Brian and is swept off her feet. Romantic and exuberant, with four loving children, Brian seems like everything a woman could possibly want, and Roz falls deeply in love. But soon Roz begins to notice troubling signs that Brian is not what he seems. A pattern of lies and petty cruelties begins to emerge that, over the course of their decade together, comes to encompass a litany of physical, mental, and sexual abuse appalling in its scope and malevolence. Often too traumatized and ashamed to admit the true extent of what she is experiencing, Roz instead pours her anguish into a series of graphic diaries that provide a touching, profoundly shocking, and completely original portrait of domestic abuse.

An extraordinary visual testimony, Dragonslippers presents the many warning signs of abuse and offers a frank examination of the psychology of both abusers and victims. Above all, this is the story of a woman who fights for and finds the strength to break free.

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