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The Apology Was Unfounded
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 April 2022
Oh dear.....this was going to be an easy 5* till I read her acknowledgements at the end, then she blew it. One of her characters is a Muslim woman and she apologised for writing her, worrying if she was written correctly or not.....sigh......I doubt she'd have done the same writing a Catholic or Jewish or Sikh character, or even an Irish or Welsh or Scottish person...and I personally find it a little sick-making that because it's a Muslim she apologises. Because of course they can get the needle and create merry hell if they reckon they're offended. Well, tough luck I say.....this is what happens when you're part of the minority, I'm afraid. People don't mean offence but the minorities thrive on taking offence, especially THAT minority......and there was no need to apologise in the least and I wish she hadn't. I was so gutted to read it.
She gave us some Devonian at the beginning in order to explain what they're talking about but then the things I didn't understand she hadn't included !! "That's the badger" and "He's just in a vake" and "She leaves the message on read" though perhaps she meant unread there ?
The story was a great one told by the three very different mothers and there were no mistakes, either, which is highly commendable. I just wish she hadn't felt it compulsory to apologise for being who she is, pretty much. When are we to stop saying sorry and prostrating ourselves because we happen to be born white ? I'm more than a little sick 'n' tired of it myself. This still is a white majority Christian country and I for one am not apologising for that and I don't think any of us should. Just remember they have it a lot better here than WE would in one of their countries, so stop with all the self-flagellation !!
Such a great shame as this review ended up being totally different to the one I had planned on writing and all because of this......