quarta-feira, 20 de julho de 2011

The book is one long, unconscious, confession, a cry for help.







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TUESDAY, 19 JULY 2011

Madeleine, the review

This is the concluding part of my three part review for the McCann Files. It will remain here for a short period until it is posted up on that site.
III Madeleine as a self-portrait of Kate McCann
Reading Madeleine is a weird experience.  
....“Choose your audience and write to it,” say the agents in their guidance to celebrity clients but for .......

The major chord, as it were, of the surface Readers’ Digest narrative – the....
The cultural poverty that she and her husband share and which makes them describe – and, I think, experience – situations of extreme elemental drama in cheap soap-opera terms makes one hesitate........

For the record of the last four years shows a deeply unpleasant underside to her complex personality.  It is not the evidence she provides in the book of her obvious human weaknesses — vanity amounting to self-obsession, a tendency to attack, sometimes physically, those who provoke her,  an obvious pleasure  in being indulged associated with a certain financial acquisitiveness: most of us share some of those characteristics and worse. No, it is much more serious: few people mean anything to her at all and  those that cross her...
  
Isabel Duarte McCannfiles
Such nice people, lawyers


Gonçalo Amaral, of course,  stood squarely in her way. Having fed the UK rumour machine against him she watched, presumably with satisfaction, his career implode.  Once his book threatened to bring the facts of the investigation to a British public almost completely unaware of them, she set out not just to silence but to destroy him, using the crone Duarte and the wealth at her disposal — none of it earned — to tie him up in Kafkaesque legal netting, his money seized, his freedom of speech gone, his family dependent on friends for financial support. It was a ruthless desire to hurt, not to defend, that is so clearly revealed in her pursuit of Amaral and his family, a campaign that almost succeeded when the police officer’s  wife broke down and begged her husband to seek a settlement with the pair....................
It is notable, by the way,  that Amaral’s memoirs  not only reveal a more cultivated individual than Kate McCann  — he actually shows awareness of the history and culture of his own country and an aesthetic appreciation of its landscape  — but a degree of humanity and warmth that is quite lacking in the icy heart at the centre of his adversary’s book. Unfortunately he is also less devious: he underestimated Kate McCann when she was almost within his power and he is still struggling to overcome his error. That side of her personal ledger is almost enough to cancel out the pity one should feel for such a disturbed woman.
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.......  When  she writes of her owninnocence, in contrast, the mood, the feel, the crucial scenes, deny her own words. The book is one long, unconscious, confession, a cry for help.


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