Monday, March 19, 2007

THE FALL OF AN ANGEL


I have not read the Roth Trilogy, but watched the television adaptation of the books by Andrew Taylor. The technique of going backwards in time as a why-did-it rather than the normal who-dun-it was extremely well done.
We followed Rosie's journey from an adult psychotic mass murderer back through time to a very spoilt jealous teenager, and then back again to a little disturbed 5 year old, who cut the wings off birds. I think one of the real lessons we can learn from the series is the difficulty of dealing with anyone who has no remorse, and is prepared to lie with a straight face. Our society cannot cope with the barefaced psychotic liar, because our police powers and psychiatric services are geared up for the normal person and their "rights".

Will our liberal "don't punish anyone too severely" society breed more murderers?

Will young child murderers such as the killers of Jamie Bulger go on after release to be perfect citizens, or have they been irrevocably compromised by their despicable acts?

The Roth Trilogy left many questions unanswered, or perhaps the answers are not what we want to hear.



2 Comments:

Anonymous crimeficreader said...

I can't comment on the TV programme as I didn't see enough of it. I'll be buying the DVD sometime very soon to catch up.

But, you said this, Norm: 'Our society cannot cope with the barefaced psychotic liar, because our police powers and psychiatric services are geared up for the normal person and their "rights"'.

Personally, I don't believe that Norm. I think the "expression of rights" is now entrenched in the abnormal person and not the normal person.

We are now forced to embrace all sorts of variations to the norm, but with no enduring respect to the norm.

I consider Blair, one of the leaders of this change, to be one of the "abnormals", in this respect. He does nothing to promote confidence in anything "normal" anymore; he's changing the landsscape to something that is anathema to the citizens of the UK.

Where the Tories, under Major dug holes like puppies; Labour's grandees filled them with dog shit. (No surprises there then!)

Oh, we have a lot to learn and to react to!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

"I consider Blair, one of the leaders of this change, to be one of the "abnormals", in this respect. He does nothing to promote confidence in anything "normal" anymore; he's changing the landsscape to something that is anathema to the citizens of the UK."

I totally agree with you on this, Rhian.
For example I don't think my left of centre views have changed since the 1960's, but the "centre" has moved leaving me behind!

3:57 AM  

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