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Why I Killed Peter

by Alfred, Olivier Ka (Author)

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The final book, in my Christmas Day stack, has been read. Another graphic novel, this one disturbing. I was left with questions . . was this story - about childhood sexual abuse - true? The book, on the flyleaf, is classified as an autobiographical graphic novel. . . a bit of online research confirms that it is, indeed, autobiographical. There is a starkness to the story . . the facts are presented matter-of-factly . . without embellishment and with an amazing lack of emotion until the final chapters. The book is graphic, descriptive and somewhat cathartic . . the illustrations and photographs stark and very effective. The book left me feeling conflicted . . . is it a painful memoir or a masterpiece? Five stars . . not for the feint of heart.
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  idajo | May 8, 2016 |
In graphic-novel format, Oliver describes how a friendly new priest arrives in town and ends up sexually molesting Oliver at a youth summer camp. The incident haunts Oliver, until finally, as a 35-year-old, he decides to confront his demons by putting it all down in a graphic novel and returning to the summer camp. A memorable presentation of a searing experience. I can see it inspiring similar victims. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
The art is very well done, but the English translation is...not. Read the French language version. ( )
  Beezie | Mar 16, 2011 |
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I think it’s probably more effective as therapy than reading material, but it does shed light on the emotions of someone trapped in this kind of situation.
 

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 156163543X, Hardcover)

"Peter was a populist priest. He was cool. He was funny. He was no priest, just a regular guy. It’s like I had another uncle. A great one, who laughed, who sang, who tickled. Until he took us for summer camp. Until we were so close, temptation came in the picture." Based on a true story that the writer experienced himself, this graphic novel presents very simply the grey areas in such a situation, how he had tucked the whole episode deep within him but then how his rage and self-pity let it all out and finally revisiting the man when close to death and his coming to grips. A very moving , topical and important work, sensitively presented.

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"'Peter was a populist priest. He was cool. He was funny. He was no priest, just a regular guy. It's like I had another uncle. A great one, who laughed, who sang, who tickled. Until he took us for summer camp. Until we were so close, temptation came into the picture.' Based on a true story that the writer experienced himself, this graphic novel presents very simply the grey areas in such a situation, how he had tucked the whole episode deep within himself, but then how his rage and self-pity let it all out, and how finally revisiting the man when he was close to death helped him come to grips with it."--Amazon.com.… (more)

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