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Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood (edição: 2017)

de Pauline Dakin (Autor)

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"The unforgettable memoir of a family betrayed by a cruel deception Pauline Dakin, a well-known CBC journalist, spent her childhood on the run. Without warning or goodbyes, her mother twice uprooted her and her brother, moving thousands of miles away from family and friends. Years later her mother revealed they'd been running from the Mafia and were receiving protection from a covert anti-organized crime task force. When her mother decided to go into protective custody, an exhausted Dakin planned to disappear as well. But before that happened, she made a horrifying discovery. Her family's strange existence was based on a bizarre hoax, a web of lies manufactured by trusted loved ones. Complete with hit men, body doubles, and undercover agents, Run, Hide, Repeat is a memoir of a childhood steeped in unexplained fear and menace. Dakin's story stretches credulity but it was all too real. Gripping and suspenseful, it moves from Dakin's uneasy acceptance of her family's dire situation to bewildered anger at a cruel charade. As she revisits her past, Run, Hide, Repeat becomes a redemptive story of the power of love to overcome betrayal and deception."--… (mais)
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Título:Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood
Autores:Pauline Dakin (Autor)
Informação:Viking (2017), 336 pages
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Etiquetas:Read in 2018, Memoirs

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As many others have mentioned: there is insufficient material to propel an entire book. The writing isn't terrible but there is no real story; I spent far too much time thinking there was going to be an amazing twist which would justify telling this tedious tale in such detail, only to be disappointed. ( )
  fionaanne | Dec 6, 2019 |
I found it to be very slow-paced and difficult to get into. Also, the choice was made not to be upfront about some important issues and instead have things unfold for the reader in the same way as the author had them unfold, at least in certain parts of the book. Sometimes that works, but I don't think that it does in this instance. The reader comes to understand something before the author came to understand it due to the fact that the author was raised to believe certain things that the reader was not. Once I realized an important plot point, I was only interested in reading about when the truth comes out, and I ended up skipping a few chapters to get to that part. I hate to do that, but it wasn't holding my interest enough to continue and I didn't want to put the book down altogether. I wanted to understand why things happened the way that they did. This story needed to be told and I'm glad that the author wrote this book. I think that her story will help others. ( )
  SukieClaus | May 21, 2018 |
I enjoyed this memoir very much. The story is incredible, and shows how someone's mental illness can affect so many lives! In this story, Pauline and her younger brother, Ted, are often pulled from school or moved to another city with their Mother (Ruth)...usually following family friend, Stan Sears and his wife, Sybil. Ruth is obsessed with secrecy, constantly warning her children never to tell anyone anything about their lives. Why? What is going on?

We find out as the story unfolds. The story of the delusions suffered by Stan, and how he has managed to convince Ruth of their truth, provides an insider perspective of how mental illness can affect the lives of children. Both Pauline and Ted had challenges in their marriages, and in connecting to their father. How Pauline, in particular, came to terms with Stan's impact on the family is the most interesting aspect of the book because of her honest portrayal of her feelings. ( )
  LynnB | May 3, 2018 |
When Pauline Dakin was 23 years old, her mother and United Church of Canada minister friend, Stan Sears, arranged for her to meet with them at an out-of-the-way New Brunswick motel. They wanted to explain why it was that Pauline, her younger brother Ted, and mother Ruth had been on the run since Pauline was around seven. Pauline was told that because Sears had counselled an ex-Mafia operative (who’d been trying to mend his ways) and because Ruth had been married to a man (Pauline’s father) whose success in the financial sector was due to his connections with organized crime, Sears and his wife, Sybil, as well as Ruth Dakin and her two kids were (and continued to be) under the surveillance of organized crime. Crime kingpins apparently believed they possessed too much information about mafia operations. According to Sears, an elaborate shadowy anti-Mafia system (known only to Canada’s Privy Council) was in place to protect members of the two families. Trusting Sears and her mother, Pauline lived in a sort of paranoid state for some years after this meeting. She was frequently updated by Sears and/or her mother as to the activities of “O”—organized crime—and the forces of good that were attempting to keep the Sears and Dakin families safe.

Dakin’s story was far better suited to be a newspaper or magazine feature piece than a memoir. At over 300 pages, it is an incredibly tedious read. It doesn’t take too long for the reader to figure out that though Sears apparently functioned well in the “real world”, he was mightily deluded (in a full-blown psychiatric sense) and that Ruth Dakin was as well. The author tries too hard to defend her mother, even going so far as to suggest she possessed sound critical faculties! Yes, really. Clearly, Ruth and Stan had more than just a few screws loose.

I completed the book only because I was curious about how Dakin would explain this folie a deux—not particularly satisfactorily, it turns out.

In more capable hands, the story might have made for an interesting book, but Dakin is such a bland writer and provides so many unnecessary details, it didn’t stand much of a chance. In the end, I felt the all-too-familiar resentment that occurs when I’ve persisted with something that I had doubts about from the start. Books on people’s capacity to delude themselves, and take vulnerable children with them along for the ride, can be valuable cautionary pieces. So much of this book, however, was repetitive, saccharine, and unnecessary. Clearly, my response is not that of the majority, but I’d still advise: don’t waste your time! ( )
  fountainoverflows | Apr 2, 2018 |
Run Hide Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Pauline Dakin marked for absolutely fascinating reading.

Pauline Dakin is a Canadian, award winning journalist (radio, television and print), producer, and is currently a journalism professor. Run Hide Repeat is her first book. It's a memoir - and it's one you won't be able to put down. Truth is truly stranger than fiction.

"When all had been revealed, I wished it to be unsaid. As unsatisfying as my previous ignorance had been, it was better than this story, and easier to live with than my struggle to weigh the truth against the possibility that...that what?"

The book's opening chapters introduce us to twenty three year old Dakin. Her mother Ruth and Stan, a family friend have decided that Pauline can finally be told the truth. Why they moved from one side of the country to the other, not once but twice, following Stan and his wife. Why they often left at the drop of a hat, leaving without saying goodbye to neighbours and friends. Why they often missed school. Why they were cautioned to never tell anyone the details of their lives.

The answer? The Mafia was after Ruth and her children. The running, the precautions, the moves and the secrets were to keep them safe.

Dakin moves the telling of her story from past to present. The reader has the knowledge of the adult Dakin, but it only makes the childhood memories all the more perplexing. And somewhat ridiculous. There's no way this could be true - could it?

Pictures of Ruth, Stan, Dakin and her brother and father enhance the memoir and give a human face to this unbelievably true story. Halfway through the book (and this was in one sitting), there was still no answer to the 'why?' Curiosity had me picking the book up every spare moment until I finally reached the final pages.

The telling of Run Hide Repeat is a complex and deeply personal personal story. Telling your own story to the world is brave. "An unforgettable family tale of deception and betrayal, love and forgiveness" is an apt description from the publisher. ( )
  Twink | Nov 27, 2017 |
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"The unforgettable memoir of a family betrayed by a cruel deception Pauline Dakin, a well-known CBC journalist, spent her childhood on the run. Without warning or goodbyes, her mother twice uprooted her and her brother, moving thousands of miles away from family and friends. Years later her mother revealed they'd been running from the Mafia and were receiving protection from a covert anti-organized crime task force. When her mother decided to go into protective custody, an exhausted Dakin planned to disappear as well. But before that happened, she made a horrifying discovery. Her family's strange existence was based on a bizarre hoax, a web of lies manufactured by trusted loved ones. Complete with hit men, body doubles, and undercover agents, Run, Hide, Repeat is a memoir of a childhood steeped in unexplained fear and menace. Dakin's story stretches credulity but it was all too real. Gripping and suspenseful, it moves from Dakin's uneasy acceptance of her family's dire situation to bewildered anger at a cruel charade. As she revisits her past, Run, Hide, Repeat becomes a redemptive story of the power of love to overcome betrayal and deception."--

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