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Un singulier garçon av Kate Summerscale
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Un singulier garçon (utgåvan 2016)

av Kate Summerscale

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Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2017Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his twelve-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, the boys told their neighbours, and their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning their parents' valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. But as the sun beat down on the Coombes house, a strange smell began to emanate from the building.When the police were finally called to investigate, the discovery they made sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm, and Robert and Nattie were swept up in a criminal trial that echoed the outrageous plots of the 'penny dreadful' novels that Robert loved to read. In The Wicked Boy, Kate Summerscale has uncovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality - it is not just a meticulous examination of a shocking Victorian case, but also a compelling account of its aftermath, and of man's capacity to overcome the past.… (mer)
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Titel:Un singulier garçon
Författare:Kate Summerscale
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Taggar:histoire de matricide - 19è siècle - Angleterre

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The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer av Kate Summerscale

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Beautifully written account of a tragic death and its consequences. Whilst the book is unable to get inside the child murderer's head, his actions as an adult suggest a remarkable commitment to people needing help. We learn that one answer to the question of what could be worse than a prolonged stretch in Broadmoor is Gallipoli followed by the Somme. ( )
  Roarer | Feb 20, 2020 |
The time: July 1895. The place, East London.

Robert Coombes, age 13, and his younger brother Nattie were spending their summer hanging around the docks, going to coffeehouses and theaters and splurging on things that caught their eyes. After ten days, their aunt realized what they were doing and went to their home to see what was going on. She forced her way in and discovered the decomposing body of their mother.
The boys were arrested for murder and Robert confessed to having killed her because of her brutality, especially toward Nattie . Like many children, Robert and Nattie sought adventure and escape from the reality of their lives based partly on the stories they heard and read. While Robert was portrayed as having a severe psychiatric disorder at his trial, called the “crime of the century,” penny dreadfuls, trashy novels full of adventure and death and attractive to young boys, were blamed for his actions-- much like violent video games are blamed for heinous crimes today. One newspaper wrote, “The truth is...that in respect to the effect of reading on boys of the poorer class the world has got into one of those queer illogical stupidities that so easily beset it. In every other age and class man is held responsible for his reading, and not reading responsible for man.”
The judge sent him to the most notorious criminal lunatic asylum in England. He was to spend seventeen years there. The same asylum had housed many future writers, one of whom became a major contributor to the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary provided thousands of quotations annually.
The head of the asylum focused on rehabilitation rather than punishment. That paid off for Robert who, after his release, went to Australia. He became a contributing member of society and was honored for his military service at Gallipoli during World War I.
While Kate Summerscale was researching the book, she found Robert Coombes tombstone. At the bottom was written “Always remembered by Harry Mulville & Family.” She decided to find out who Harry Mulville was and what their relationship said about Robert’s life.
The book is very detailed about the Victorian society in which Robert Coombes lived as well as the various places he lived. It includes somewhat graphic descriptions of Emily Coombes’s body and testimony from the neighbors and others about Robert and the living conditions in the home.
It’s an interesting biography of a violent murderer that was a headliner when it happened but ended up in a totally different place. ( )
1 rösta Judiex | Aug 12, 2019 |
Letto a rilento. Lo stile e l’impostazione sono simili a quelle dei libri precedenti, che mi erano piaciuti molto, ma qui l’esposizione è ripetitiva, piena di troppi dettagli di scarsa rilevanza che non incidono sull’efficacia della ricostruzione ambientale. Siamo sempre in età vittoriana e di fronte a casi di cronaca che hanno scosso l’opinione pubblica, ma questo libro sembra scritto con mano stanca: dà l’impressione che il filone felicemente individuato (puntare l’obbiettivo su una caso specifico per guardare attraverso di esso a un’epoca e a un ambiente ricostruendone i contorni) abbia esaurito la sua spinta propulsiva. L’aspetto più originale, o meno scontato, è il rilievo che viene dato alla possibile influenza dei giornaletti da quattro soldi (i cosiddetti penny dreadful) sulle menti degli adolescenti delle classi popolari che ne erano avidi consumatori e sulla discussione pubblica che ne è nata al tempo, anche e soprattutto, a seguito di casi di cronaca nera come quello oggetto del libro. Questo indica, mutatis mutandis, che nel dibattito attuale sull’influenza dei media (e quindi anche dei social) sulle menti degli adolescenti non c’è poi molto di nuovo sotto il sole. Detto questo, la lettura procede stancamente. La narrazione si risolleva, in parte, nell’ultima sezione, quella dedicata alla ‘redenzione’ di Robert, quando l’azione si sposta in Australia. Nel complesso, Kate Summerscale è, come sempre, accurata e si dimostra, una volta di più, dotata per la ricostruzione storica, ma è ora che imbocchi nuove strade. ( )
  Marghe48 | Mar 4, 2019 |
J'apprécie beaucoup le travail de K Summerscale, et celui ci est particulièrement instructif et surprenant. ( )
  Nikoz | Aug 3, 2018 |
This is the third book I read by Kate Summerscale because I like the genre she writes in, namely well-researched yet accessible non-fiction. The author does not use a scholarly style although she uses the right techniques for writing history. In this book, she unravels the story of two brothers who killed their mother in their father's absence in cold blood and then continued their lives as if nothing had happened until family and neighbours were alarmed. Summerscale used all kinds of different sourcesto explain what really happened and why. She does not stop after the boy's sentence (one of the boys was actually not sentenced), but tries to find out what happened to him afterwards. And this turned out to be the bigger surprise.
All in all, I was slightly disappointed because the author could not pinpoint why the boy had done what he had done, but I guess with the sources that were at hand, she did a very good job. It's the fate of the historian that his or her luck depends on what the sources deliver. At times, I found the writing a bit uninspired but that's mainly because it's not fiction and the author clearly wanted to add all the facts and procedures. If you're into this kind of books, it's recommended, but do not expect to read a thriller. ( )
  Trifolia | Mar 15, 2018 |
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Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, Robert and Nathaniel Coombes dressed themselves, collected the family's rent book from a room downstairs, and went out to the back yard.
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Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2017Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his twelve-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, the boys told their neighbours, and their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning their parents' valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. But as the sun beat down on the Coombes house, a strange smell began to emanate from the building.When the police were finally called to investigate, the discovery they made sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm, and Robert and Nattie were swept up in a criminal trial that echoed the outrageous plots of the 'penny dreadful' novels that Robert loved to read. In The Wicked Boy, Kate Summerscale has uncovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality - it is not just a meticulous examination of a shocking Victorian case, but also a compelling account of its aftermath, and of man's capacity to overcome the past.

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