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    Bound by Chains of Love: Michele Magwood Speaks to Bruce Clark

    http://bookslive.co.za/blog/2012/08/...sex-fleas-god/

    Bruce Clark tells Michele Magwood how his escape from Scientology changed his life for the better

    Don’t be deceived by the cute cover of Love Sex Fleas God. Sure, it contains the “confessions of a stay-at-home-dad” that it promises, and it’s worth reading for these wry, perceptive confessions alone, but it also contains an astounding story of survival and redemption.

    Consider that the title of the book was going to be The Chain Locker. The chain locker is a tiny, dank chamber on board Scientology ships where the massive chains for the anchors are stored. It’s also where disobedient children are stored for days, weeks, even months, marinating in bilge, scrabbled by rats. Bruce Clark’s teenaged sister once spent three days in a chain locker. He was fortunate, he only got thrown overboard and he at least could swim.

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    Bruce Clark Bares All at the Launch of Love, Sex, Fleas, God

    De Jager advised Clark to write a non-fiction account of being a stay-at-home dad. Clark started with the ending but then his inspiration disappeared. He began to look back at why he was a stay-at-home dad – he could not get a job, because he was not properly educated which, in turn, was because he was raised by a zealous Scientologist mother who did not believe in formal education.

    The book eventually morphed into part novel, part non-fiction and, as Clark delved deeper into the self-pity and anger that had consumed his earlier years, the first part popped into his mind: “This book is not about self-pity, not in a country full of angry people, is it about anger”. He had the beginning and the ending and knitted them together. Clark revealed how, if he had written the book when he was a child, it would have been about hope. If he had written it as a young adult, it would have been full of seething rage. Luckily, he did not write the book until now and, for that reason, it is a simple story about the cathartic power of love.
    http://umuzi.bookslive.co.za/blog/20...sex-fleas-god/

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