10 thoughts on “The God Suad

  1. says:

    As a four year old boy Paddy saw his father who had hanged himself from a tree in despair at his wife's early death from cancer Paddy was sent to an orphanage school run by nuns in Wexford The nuns believed suicide was a crime and a grave sin so when Paddy could not help talking about what he had seen he was told he must be lying because people did not do that and beaten unmercifully This was in 1955 and it took thirty years for Paddy to find out the truth about his origins and to be reunited with some of his family He had been in the industrial school for several years before he was even told that he had a younger sister in another school The nuns who cared for many boys behaved not just harshly but with ignorance and cruelty The best option most boys could see for themselves in later life was being a priest as this was the main role they saw for men and Paddy became an altar boy which helped him see kindness from people in the town In Dickensian manner the boys all ate from a bowl and spoon so years on Paddy had no idea how to use a knife and fork or what rashers sausage and eggs were A twisted gait of one foot worsened and at first young Paddy was beaten for it then polio was mentioned by a doctor and he was sent to hospital in Wexford He never saw the school again He was made to stay in hospitals with old dying men around him who expected to die of operations and caused the boy continued terror that he would die in turn This went on for years The leg disimproved and he had several operations including brain surgery No responsible adult was recorded on the charts permitting operations Paddy finally got to mix with other young people and attend schooling again and while he reuired a wheelchair after a time he was able to marry and have children and live independently and he is now a disability campaigner I remember this book being discussed when it first came out in 1988 and no real discussion of clerical abuse of position had taken place; the media did not uite know what to make of it However it was discussed on shows for adults such as the Late Late Show and everyone became aware of what had been going on behind closed doors

  2. says:

    I found Paddy's experiences as a young child so hateful that they were difficult to humanise therefore difficult to want to feel anything other than distance from As his story progressed and he interspersed his Narrative with present day conjecture I found it easier to empathise with the young boy rather than just feeling utter horror A traumatic moving account that everyone should share a common responsibility for to ensure it cannot happen again

  3. says:

    Paddy Doyle writes this book in a restrained adult voice but with all the detail and perspective of the child who suffered In light of recent revelations it is sadly not too difficult to accept that such an outrageous misadventure kept occurring to this orphan First terribly harmed and then placed in authority care Paddy fared little better physically or emotionally He did manage to form attachments only to have them broken Nevertheless this is not a misery memoir but a spirited tale of ultimate achievement despite the most awful hardships The author is to be commended for his life as well as for his literary achievement A very worthwhile read as are his other works

  4. says:

    This was the story of a young boy who became an orphan when his mother died of cancer and his father committed suicide His only recollection of his parents was recurring nightmarish thoughts of his father's hanging body He went to an industrial school and was beaten sexually molested and emotionally abused by the nuns there Later he developed some kind of problem with his legs – the book never really explains it – and is shuffled from one hospital to another In the end he becomes happy and is married with children It was an inspiring book to read because you know that there's a happy ending at the end and that the author survived I would've liked detail about what his medical condition was because it's never explained exactly what was causing his disability Because he was a child there seems to be a lot he didn't understand and as a result much is left out of the narrative I wish the adult author had filled in some of the blanks Although perhaps the author didn't do this because he wanted to write from the point of view of a child who was confused about what was happening to him and therefore didn't really clue the reader as to what was going on either to give them the sort of sense of helplessness the child has If so it seemed to work pretty well – but it still left me wanting information Also the book really skimmed over his teenage years – it went from the time he was still a child leaving the hospital until he was a grown man married and even only says if you think about that It's as if the author decided oh this is getting too long – better just explain the next 20 years in one page then jump to where I am nowIt just cuts off after he leaves the last hospital I really wish I'd found out about his time with children his own age and his adjustments in fitting into society

  5. says:

    Not really what I was expecting This book talks about the author's medical condition and various operations than about the nuns who were responsible for him growing upThat said it is astounding the ignorance with which he was treated As if he was a malingerer rather than having a genuine need for medical attention

  6. says:

    Depressing as expected but blasé about what happened to him as if he accepted his mistreatment There was no anger It read like a case study I don't usually read these types of books I read 'A Child Called It' years ago found most of it unbelievable and have not read another one since I am highly concerned about both publishers making money off of other people's misery and why anyone would want to read about abuse I also don't understand why parents would allow their children to be the model for the covers of such books I was persuaded to read this by a friend whose opinions I value I will go back to not reading these types of books again now and not being persuaded by other people's opinions It seems I was right after all

  7. says:

    While this story is tragic in it's own right and highlights the ignorance of the nuns and the doctors in Ireland at the time I can't stop feeling that Mr Doyle is a complainer it feels repetitive and whinny some of the details so trivial that I can't understand why he harps on about it let alone remember it it's not the story that feels repetitive but the writing style i think In saying that what do I know of the memories of a man that went through something so terrible that one wouldn't wish it on their worst enemy

  8. says:

    This was another hard hitting memoir about the cruel treatment dealt out to children by the Nuns in Ireland It is a tough dark depressing read and I felt as if I was being attacked by a Dementor when reading it as all the happiness in my life was draining out of me page by page It is a real horror story but was too dark and draining for me to complete it These books about the Nuns are soul destroying and it takes a determined reader to plough through them

  9. says:

    Having been exposed to similar treatments from the Catholic Nuns in my own upbringing around the same time period I find this an accurate account of life for the Irish poor in Eire Thankfully I didn't become a hospital's 'lab rat' However it did bring to the surface a number of repressed emotions

  10. says:

    I read this book many years ago and met him at a book signing in Rathmines in Dublin around the same time early 1990s I think It was an honour to meet him He is a true survivor having been subjected to such evil as a child by those nuns who acted in the name of God while doing so His was one of the first public cases of this nature in Ireland I remember

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The God Suad

The past they tried to hideHis mother died from cancer in 1955 His father committed suicide shortly thereafter Paddy Doyle was sentenced in an Irish district court to be detained in an industrial school for eleven years He was four years oldPaddy Doyle's prize winning bestseller The God Suad is both a moving and terrifying testament of the institutionalised Ireland of less than fifty years ago as seen through the bewildered eyes of a child During his detention Pad As a four year Before I Wake oldPaddy Doyle's prize winning bestseller The God Suad is both a moving and terrifying testament Conceptos De Relatividad Y Teoria Cuantica of the institutionalised Ireland Vanished Kingdoms of less than fifty years ago as seen through the bewildered eyes My Brothers Love of a child During his detention Pad As a four year

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Surgery at the age of ten by which time he had become permanently disabledThe God Suad is the remarkable true story of a survivor told with an extraordinary lack of bitterness for one so shockingly and shamefully treated In Paddy Doyle's own words 'It is about a society's abdication of responsibility to a child The fact that I was that child and that the book is about my life is largely irrelevant The probability is that there were and still are thousands of 'me' This was anothe