fp October 2000
Learning To Swim: a memoir
from the book...
...I am too small
to say no
only my body is so
slow it's waiting
for someone to
I am going away.
Unfolding in a series of exquisite narrative poems, Learning To Swim is a haunting true story about a tragic summer in a young girl's life. With startling power, it juxtaposes the beautiful summer Annie is supposed to have - picking blueberries with her brothers, learning to swim with her father - with the terrible secret she is forced to harbor.
Ann Turner's luminous memoir gently sheds light on the dark realities of abuse. In so doing, she extends a buoy to anyone who has navigated the choppy waters of childhood and adolescence, searching for a way to stay afloat.
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The book Learning
to Swim is an easy, but touching read. It is an emotional book to
and is close to her heart. It was confusing as to how old the main
at the time that she was abused and this makes it a little bit hard to
her. In the book she was cutting meat at one stage so I’d have to
she was around 10-ish, although the girl on the front of the book
her looks around 7 or 8 years old. The boy Kevin was probably older
than her but
you do not get much of a description of him so it’s hard put together
For him to have such control over her he must’ve been an older age but
described as one of “the kids from down the street” so I’m
he is still quite young as well.
I think that
the swimming related to the problems that she had faced with Kevin.
was abusing her she was finding it very difficult to learn how to swim
became scared of the water and what might be in it. But as soon as the
from Kevin had been ceased she let things go and conquered her fears.
this is a true story, things somehow relate to each other throughout
and tend to support each other and work out a happy ending for most of
bad/tough situations faced.
Kim, Year 10, Canberra, Australia