Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Girl, A life in the shadow of Roman Polanski by Samantha Geimer

Samantha Geimer became notorious as the victim of a sexual assault by Movie Director Polanski back in 1977.
In this some what patchy book, Geimer takes us through her life from her small town beginnings to her arrival in Los Angeles and life through to 2013 with many stops, bumps and attempts to claim back her life as the shadow of the perpetually fleeing Polanski hovers over her life like a never ending cloud.
Geimer is interesting because of the perspective that she takes regarding what happened to her when she was 13, so young and so vulnerable, her insights and perceptions are quite fascinating and way more balanced than you would be expecting.
One of the things that really struck me was how even handed Geimer attempts to be and I think that it would be in that fact alone, that many readers would come to see her as a very admirable person indeed, especially when one thinks that for more than half her life the media have been hounding her, no matter her age or her entitlement to invisibility.
This was a good read,not full of earth shattering revelations, not too demanding excepting the assault which is not easy to read and this type of book isn`t easy to recommend. Sympathy or Sorrow for Polanski...I don`t have a scrap!
This book is available in all good Bookshops and through the Library Service.

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