Description or summary of the book: This volume seeks to expose the hollowness of condemnation divorced from understanding in relation to the Bulger murder trial. People have almost become desensitized to random murder. It is often explained away by madness, sexual fantasy or rejection. One murder in recent times reduced every person to silence: the abduction and beating to death of a helpless infant by two ten-year-old boys. How and why did two innocent boys kill another? Is childhood innocence a myth? And what punishment could fit such a crime, assuming that children are fit to stand trial for murder? Blake Morrison went to the trial in Preston, and discovered a sad ritual of condemnation with two bewildered children at the centre. He looked for possible explanations in the boys' families, their dreary environment, their fantasies, their exposure to violent films. He evokes the worst feats of parents through candid and raw memories of his relations with his own children, and delves into his own childhood to reveal the worst thing he has ever done, to show how easy it is to go along with cruelty.Blake Morrison is the author of two collections of poetry, 'Dark Glasses' and 'The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper', and is co-editor of 'The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry'. His memoir, 'And When Did You Last See Your Father?' won the Waterstone's/Esquire Award for non-fiction and the J.R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography in 1993.
Estimated reading time (average reader): 15H42M55S
Other categories, genre or collection: Literary Essays, Age Groups: Adolescents, Age Groups: Children, Causes & Prevention Of Crime
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