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Book Review Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcattera 1996 A True Story Arrow Publishers In this review I will critically evaluate the concepts the author presents regarding young people and culture I shall provide a concise overview summarising the main strengths and weaknesses of the images portrayed On Completion of this I will move on to consider my own responses both personally and professionally In conclusion I shall reflect on issues raised which have increased my knowledge and understanding of young people and culture Comments will be made on any implications this may have for my future practise as a social science worker The novel Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcattera unfolds the true account of friendship and how human instincts deal with abuse and other life changing experiences The scene is set in the mid 60s in the American mid-Manhattan neighbourhood of Hells Kitchen Four inseparable CarcatteraL1996pg23 friends Lorenzo the author Michael Tommy and John devise a plan to steal food from a hot-dog cart that goes wrong almost resulting in the death of a man Their lives now change forever in one non-intentional moment The book is fundamentally about revenge and retribution following the physical sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of the guards in the Wilkinson home for boys where they each are sentenced to twelve months Skipping to the latter part of the book now eleven years later The year 1981 the four have now been released individually their lives have moved on but collectively each have grave memories of the abuse they suffered In a chance encounter John and Tommy meet a former guard Nokes in a resturant and get their anticipated revenge by killing him in cold blood Each of the men now has to confront their past Michael now an attorney and Lorenzo a newspaper writer together devise a plan to manipulate the court case attaining redemption and innocence once again Carcattera covers various themes
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