The Happiness Inquisition
One day a child is admitted to hospital, the victim of abuse.
Five people of different ages find themselves caught up in the series of events that leads up to this tragedy.
But who made the anonymous phone call that set these events in motion? And why did they do it?
Cover illustration by Neil Smith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
For this price? You have to read it! November 6, 2012
A very big message in a small book. Written in a clever way this book makes you think about the cause of how people's mind work and the effect it can have on the innocent. Are you sure this story is not about your neighbourhood and did child abuse really happen?
Why would I want to, I hear you ask. Good question.
Nōnen Títi has written and published this book in light of the upcoming referendum on the "anti-smacking" law. It's a relatively short narrative that could be read in under an hour, showing the disastrous effects of one anonymous telephone call. It is set in a neighbourhood where everybody is afraid of the police and of each other, of being "dobbed in" and of having their children taken from them.
While the story is written in third person, we see events through the eyes of several characters and each person's perception of the incident that started the action.
This story is bleak. There is no happy ending although characters do come to realise that perceptions may have been wrong and conclusions jumped to that were not altogether correct.
If you're against the "anti-smacking" law, this may be a book that you buy to distribute to those whose sensibilities are not so clear-cut.
A terrifying and eye-opening read.
Naida Mulligen (The Southland Times)