A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness

by Dave Pelzer | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0452281903 Global Overview for this book
Registered by raralovestoread of Ponchatoula, Louisiana USA on 1/9/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by raralovestoread from Ponchatoula, Louisiana USA on Wednesday, January 09, 2008
From the back cover:

"All those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself." These words were Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality. Dave lived to tell his courageous story. But even after he was rescued, his life remained haunted by memories of his years as the bruised, cowering "It" locked in his mother's basement. Desperately trying to make something of his life, Dave was determined to weather every setback and gain strength from adversity. This book tells of Dave's journey to discover how a lost, nameless boy finally found himself in the heart and soul of a man who is free at last.

*It has been a few years since I've read this book, so I am not giving it a rating.*

Journal Entry 2 by raralovestoread from Ponchatoula, Louisiana USA on Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Today I am mailing this book to HeresDeb in Illinois so she can start a bookring.

Journal Entry 3 by HeresDeb from Grayslake, Illinois USA on Thursday, June 12, 2008
Thanks for the book raralovestoread! This book will be traveling to overseas soon to see the world! Thanks for allowing a group of us to finish Dave Pelzer's trilogy.

Shipping Order for the bookray:

1. Mountainflower (Switzerland)
2. Martjxox (Italy)
3. BOKWORMY (Portugal)
4. BruceAlexander (CO)
5. aberpeter (WA)
6. whiskeyjane (NM)
7. acountkel (NC)
8. mrsboknows (SC) <-- Book is here!
9. Rrrcaron (NH)

Journal Entry 4 by HeresDeb at To next on list in Mailed, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, July 14, 2008

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The bookring has started! This has been sent to Mountainflower, the first person on the list. Happy Travels, little book!

Journal Entry 5 by Mountainflower from Winterthur, Zürich Switzerland on Saturday, August 02, 2008
I'm sorry, I'm a little late to announce the arrival of the book. It arrived last Thursday (I mean the Thursday a week and two days ago...) and unfortunately I haven't had the time yet to look into it. But today I'm going to start reading and I hope that in a week or two, I can take it to my parents (who live near the German border) and send it on from there.

Thanks you HeresDeb for starting this ring! I'm really curious about this last book in the trilogy.


09/18/2008:
I sent the book on to Martjxox a few days ago.
I wasn't as motivated to read this book as I was for the first two books. I'm not sure why so, but it could have to do with the fact that you know from the beginning that David is going to be fine. Sure, you already know that before you read the first book, but ... well ... it's different with this one, somehow... I liked this last part of the trilogy and I was (almost) always curious how the story would go on, but I wasn't "I-can't-stop-reading-because-I-have-to-know-what-happens-next"-curious. But still a good read.

Thanks again for sharing!

Journal Entry 6 by Martjxox from Perugia, Umbria Italy on Friday, September 19, 2008
got it today!the book is safe into my hands! will read it as soon as i am finished with another ring!

OCTOBER 4th 2008

book read. Well, I do admitt that once you read the first book of the trilogy nothing seems the same. And of course the sequels no more come as a surprise for you.
Book leaving to Portugal as soon as I get the next bookcrosser's addresse, hopefully on Monday.

Journal Entry 7 by BOKWORMY on Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Just received in the post :)

Thanks you all!

Journal Entry 8 by BOKWORMY on Thursday, October 16, 2008
A quick easy read... I was happy to see that Dave came a long way :)

PMing next person!

Journal Entry 9 by BOKWORMY at on Thursday, October 23, 2008

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On the way to BruceAlexander in the USA !

Journal Entry 10 by BruceAlexander from Ruidoso, New Mexico USA on Friday, October 31, 2008
It's here - back in Louisiana (albeit temporarily), from whence it came! I'm going to jump into it next week when I'll have some anxiously-awaited free time to fully enjoy it.

Thanks for sending it to me, bokwormy! (and thanks for the lovely Portuguese stamps!)

Journal Entry 11 by BruceAlexander from Ruidoso, New Mexico USA on Tuesday, December 09, 2008
This was my least favorite of the trilogy - I had a really hard time slogging through it, if the truth be told. I am sorry and apologize for having taken so long to plow through it and holding up the ring all the while, but I had to force myself to pick it up and stick with it time and again. It just didn't hold my interest.

I found it just read like a textbook - dry and monotonous - consisting primarily of conversations and dialogue. I couldn't help but get the feeling that ol' Dave just wanted to continue along on that New York Times Bestseller bandwagon and reap the benefits. Dave says he'd rather go to a dentist than write a paragraph of text; I say I'd rather go to a dentist than read this book again! No offense!

I have PM'd aberpeter and am awaiting her reply for her address. As soon as I hear from her, I'll be mailing it off ASAP.

Journal Entry 12 by Aberpeter from Kirkland, Washington USA on Monday, December 22, 2008
arrived in the mail today. I should have time to read it soon as I will be working very few hours between Christmas and New Years.

Journal Entry 13 by Aberpeter from Kirkland, Washington USA on Wednesday, January 14, 2009
A great conclusion to the Child Called It trilogy. Anyone who has read the first two books should definitely read A Man Named Dave. Although it isn't nearly as good as the first two books, it wraps up any unanswered questions from the first two novels.


Journal Entry 14 by Aberpeter from Kirkland, Washington USA on Friday, January 16, 2009
I'll be dropping the book off at the post office today.

Journal Entry 15 by whiskeyjane from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Sunday, January 25, 2009
Book arrived safely. Will put it next on my TBR list. Thank you.

Journal Entry 16 by whiskeyjane from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Sunday, March 01, 2009
There are so many comments I would like to make about this book, especially about a certain irritating character new to this book, but I don't want to spoil anything for other readers. It was a pretty good book.

Journal Entry 17 by whiskeyjane at -- Mail or by hand -rings, RABCK, meetings, New Mexico USA on Sunday, March 01, 2009

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Journal Entry 18 by acountkel from Charlotte, North Carolina USA on Thursday, March 26, 2009
Received a couple of days ago.
Thank you for including me in the ring.

Journal Entry 19 by acountkel from Charlotte, North Carolina USA on Friday, April 10, 2009
I think after you read books like A Child Called It and The Lost Boy, you want to find out what has happened to the boy who was abused so horrifically. A Man Named Dave gives this story some closure. You follow Dave into adulthood and his struggles to make it on his own and succeed in his relationships. You also get a feel for why his mother did what she did. I am fascinated and in awe of the man who has become what he is after all he went through as a child. No one could make this stuff up and write about it. Dave is a lucky man to come out of this kind of child hood alive. I have nothing but respect for people like this. Thank you Dave for sharing your experience with us. I think we can all learn something from it.

I have PM'd the next person in line and will send off as soon as I get an address.
Thank you for including me in the ring!

Journal Entry 20 by PalmettoBuckeye from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina USA on Thursday, April 16, 2009
Arrived yesterday and is 2nd in line to be read. :)

Journal Entry 21 by PalmettoBuckeye from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina USA on Sunday, April 19, 2009
Even though we have a hunch that Dave turns out ok, its nice to have closure to his terrible story. I'm so glad he found his "happy ending"--if anyone deserves one, its this man. I admire his courage to stand up to his mother as an adult and his strength to persevere. Thank you so much for sharing this book with me. I already have rrcarron's address and will be sending this one on its way shortly.

Journal Entry 22 by PalmettoBuckeye at Mount Pleasant, South Carolina USA on Saturday, April 25, 2009

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Sent to rrcarron this morning. Thank you again for sharing.

Journal Entry 23 by Rrrcaron from Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I received this in the mail today, and have started it already. Thanks for sharing!
Ruth

Journal Entry 24 by Rrrcaron from Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Monday, May 04, 2009
My goodness, what a life this man had. It's wonderful that he was able to rise above it all, and even more amazing that he was able to forgive. I guess he would be the perfect man to take advice from, like in his newest help book. Thanks so much for sharing these reads.
Ruth

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