Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)

The novel put V. The piece seeks to explore the darker side of family interactions and the extend to which blood can blind when placed in front of an extreme moral code. The Dollanganger family has two loving parents and four well-behaved children. Changes must be made when there is news of a death in the family. There are a lot of letters.

I knew little of the book before I began reading it, save that V.C. Andrews presented a high-impact incestuous storyline throughout. However, as scandalous as it sounds, the reader may better understand this underlying thread once they are able to explore the novel and series a little deeper. The characters come to life on the page, particularly the narration through the eyes of Cathy. As the surrogate mother, the reader is able to see her enter a forced maturity, from the apple of her father’s eye to fending for herself while protecting her younger siblings. Chris has the same maturation, though he presents as a little more standoffish before an intoxication with power, which some readers may justify while others condemn strongly. Other strong and supporting characters help fuel the cruel undertone of the piece, including The Grandmother and the children’s mother herself, giving the reader a sobering look at the extent to which some will exact their own moralistic code in order to keep some in line. Other readers may see an ongoing vapidity in these two, out of touch with what children need to foster strong and healthy characters. The story was surely disturbing on many levels, though I cannot see the extreme scandal in today’s more open-mined society as would have been present in the late 1970s and early 80s. Surely, as the book is deemed “Young Adult Horror”, those who read the book at the time have grown, as I have, to better understand some of the literary and societal nuances not grasped at the time. Not to say that this is condoned behaviour, taken out of context. I would like to read the rest of the series to see what is to come… but must wrestle with my TBR pile in order to give it the time it deserves.Kudos, Madam Andrews, for a fabulous and surely memorable opening novel in this series. I will return to see how these flowers grow and what blossoms emerge. This book fulfils Topic #2:Remember… in the Equinox #6 Reading Challenge.Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge:

The novel put V. The piece seeks to explore the darker side of family interactions and the extend to which blood can blind when placed in front of an extreme moral code. The Dollanganger family has two loving parents and four well-behaved children. Changes must be made when there is news of a death in the family. The replies to the letters are slow. The entire Dollanganger brood are overjoyed when Mother receives word from her parents that they may come to Virginia. There are certain conditions. Mother had to hide the children until she could convince her father to write her back into the will after she was thrown out of her childhood home. He does n’t know anything about the children and ca n’t be made aware of it. The children are forced to accept that their mother knows what ‘s best for them. The children are introduced to their grandmother when they arrive at the mansion. The children are locked in a room on the upper floor so as not to let anyone know they are there. These children must follow a strict regimen that includes moralistic rules and strong biblical teachings. It takes a week, a month, and then more than a year for them to be stashed away. They become the surrogate parents to their younger twins as they mature into young adulthood. The prison they are trying to get out is worse than they could have imagined. With the wickedness only increasing and their mother beginning to plot out her own life, winning her parents over after a scandalous union that saw her banished fifteen years ago, these children learn that they will have to fend for themselves. It is time to take action, or remain in this gloomy attic forever, because of the hormones and blood boiling at the deception they faced. At times, it ‘s chilling and graphic, and I want to know more. Recommended to the reader who has heard all about these pieces or remembers them from when they were released, but not a good book for readers who can not stomach some odd inter-familial behaviours. I did n’t know much about the book before I started reading it. A high-impact incestuous storyline was presented by Andrews. The reader may better understand this underlying thread once they are able to explore the novel and series a little deeper. The characters come to life on the page. As the surrogate mother, the reader is able to see her enter a forced maturity, from the apple of her father ‘s eye to fending for herself while protecting her younger siblings. Chris has the same maturation, though he presents as a little more standoffish before his intoxication with power, which some readers may justify while others condemn strongly. Other strong and supporting characters help fuel the cruel undertone of the piece, including The Grandmother and the children ‘s mother herself, giving the reader a sobering look at the extent to which some will exact their own moralistic code in order to keep some in line. The vapidity in these two may be out of touch with what children need to foster strong and healthy characters. The story was disturbing, but I do n’t think the scandal of the late 1970s and early 80s would have happened in today ‘s society. Those who read the book at the time have grown, as I have, to better understand some of the literary and societal nuances not grasped at the time. This is taken out of context. I would like to read the rest of the series. I have to wrestle with my TBR pile in order to give it time. The opening novel in this series was wonderful. I will go back to see how the flowers grow. There is a collection of others at A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge. Group/show on com

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