Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star Hath had elsewhere its setting And cometh from afar . . . Hence in a season of calm weather Though inland far we be Our Souls have sight of that immortal sea Which brought us hither Can in a moment travel thither And see the children sport upon the shore And hear the mighty waters rolling evermore.
William Wordsworth, Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory
For Clare Blatchford Rees An inspiration
Mass hysterical outbreaks rarely have identifiable inceptions, but the date I remember most vividly is Sunday 16th September, when a young child in butterfly pyjamas slaughtered her grandmother with a nail-gun to the neck.
And I am filled with something I can hesitantly call joy.
A seven-year-old girl puts a nail-gun to her grandmother's neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Is violence contagious?
As chilling murders by children grip the country, anthropologist Hesketh Locke has his own mystery to solve: a bizarre scandal in the Taiwan timber industry. He has never been good at relationships, Asperger's Syndrome has seen to that. But he does have a talent for spotting behavioural patterns, and an outsider's fascination with group dynamics.
Hesketh has no obvious reason to connect the South East Asian case with the atrocities back home. Or with the increasingly odd behaviour of his beloved step son, Freddy. But when his Taiwan contact dies shockingly, and more acts of sabotage and child violence sweep the globe, Hesketh is forced to make connections that defy the rational principles on which he has staked his life, his career and — most devastatingly of all — his role as a father.
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In the wake of a series of baffling murders committed by children, anthropologist Hesketh Lock investigates a scandal in the Taiwan timber industry and wonders at his stepson's odd behavior before making a shocking connection upon the death of his Taiwan contact.… (more)