As Life of a Bastard was entering the publishing stage, I selected several people from different parts of the world to read in advance and provide feedback. As I journey to publish this book, in the back my mind one needs to prepare themselves to receive positive and negative reviews. I have no idea how I will react to negative reviews, take it in stride is what I hope I can do.
I wanted a Chinese perspective since I am living in China and I encounter different outlooks on family life. The world criticizes the "One Child Policy," but in my view; it made having one child ever more important for a parent to provide a loving childhood and an expectation for society to receive a valued citizen. (China has since changed their policy)
This Review came from Isabella-written in Chinese and translated into English (by Sally Hu )
《Life of a Bastard》是讲述一个辗转于多个寄养家庭和社会收养机构的“流浪儿”的故事。确切说这是Javier Soto的亲身经历而并非一个简单的故事。Javier Soto从婴儿期就开始遭受的挫折和虐待令人瞠目结舌，难以想象。
I feel sorrowful about Javier Soto’s experience. I’m the mother of a three-year-old baby. It’s my first time to be a mother. So I feel confused and helpless from time to time.But I always try my best to love my child and try to create a happy childhood for my kid. I didn’t know there were many children of my baby’s age suffering the misfortune. I shouldn’t have shouted at my son for his breaking a cup.
Every child was born pure.What we give them, what they will give back. We always blame children for their mistakes, but we don’t know why they make mistakes. These adopted children are ignored by the society. It’s easier for them to make mistakes. But the society just blames them not to help them correct, which is not fair to these children.How can they grow happily without any concern? We pay nothing for these children, how can we expect them to pay for our society? I like a sentence very much. “When there is no way to go, there is still one way behind you, that is a crime.” Then who has pushed them to the road to crime?
We hope readers can know that there are many suffering children in some corner of the world through this book. Let’s take action to help them, warm their heart and help them build confidence in life. We also hope that all the adopted children can strive to be stronger and have a simple kind heart all the time like Javier Soto in the book.
Life of a Bastard Vol.1
“A Coming of Age Story in New York City’s Foster Care System”
Book Series by Damien Black
Illustrations by Laura Caiafa
"An uncensored account of Javier Soto’s life as he journeys through foster care. The story tells of a deserted child, robbed of his innocence and tossed through the evils of a 1980s’ American society. With survival becoming the ultimate goal, will he ever break free from the world of institutionalization? "
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