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The novel Reading in the Dark is written by Seamus Deanne This book is written from the viewpoint of a little boy who explains the episodes of his life as he grows up Apparently Deanne said in an interview with the Irish Times that the accounts in the story are taken from his own family along with the other families in his neighborhood in Derry Northern Ireland As I read the book I didnt think it was a true story but presumed it was fictional I think I thought this because it was all about hauntings and ghost stories and it didnt strike me as being a true account someones life After I read it I found out that all of the accounts in the story are true and it changed the way that I evaluated at the book I now saw the book as the authors way to explain himself and let the reader know where he is coming from rather than just any fictional story I think that he stresses how the episodes in his early life really effected him and ultimately resulted in him becoming a writer Before I realized the author was the narrator of the book it was not as personal and I didnt feel so much for the narrator However when I found out he was writing about himself it became more personal and it gives the reader a real sense of what his life was like while he was growing up The book points out in various ways that the narrator was not like the other kids in the story He was always associating with adults rather then socializing with kids his own age The only time that he went out with kids his own age it ended up in a disaster Irenes boyfriend punched him This event discouraged him even more from socializing with kids his own age Several chapters of the book were devoted to
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