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"Talking in Whispers" By James Watson conveys the message of the importance of democracy and the sickening liberties taken by the governments of a country under a dictatorship

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Alan Campbell 3Q "Talking in Whispers" By James Watson "Talking in Whispers", by author James Watson, conveys the message of the importance of democracy and the sickening liberties taken by the governments of a country under a dictatorship. The author uses realistic characters and creative styles of writing to illustrate the great need for political freedom and the brutality used by a fascist government to prevent any sort of freedom given to its subjects. The plot of "Talking in Whispers" is based on the very disturbing events of 1973 when General Augusto Ugarte Pinochet seized total political control after deposing Salvadore Allende and curtailing all other political activity. In the book, as in real life, the government committed many atrocious acts in order to keep control and stamp out democracy. There were many thousands of 'Disappearances' and killings by the hand of the Junta. Some people were killed in the streets, some taken away never to be seen again. ...read more.

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One of these is the torture scene. In my view this is a very well written section, with the descriptions of the experience, of the sounds, the smells, the pains. The author describes Andres' feelings, how he could hardly breath during the interrogation because he was "choking on his blood" and how "He could not staunch the bleeding". He describes the sheer agony of his "burning" armpits during the Pendura and the convulsions that shot through his body. The use of two interrogators, Snake the "calm yet poisonous" doctor and the impatient and hateful Hog, let Watson show that the greatest mercy that the fascist torturers would give is to let the "patient" breath and the greatest punishment of death would be carried out by any willing torturer or blood thirsty villain working for the Junta. Another incident that informed me of the desperate situation in Chile was the shooting of a young man running from the "Black Berets", Chile's fanatical citizen-soldiers who committed atrocities under the name of the Security, in the middle of the street. ...read more.

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Also James Watson creates a strong emotional atmosphere when Andres witnesses the dumping of corpses in a river. Watson effectively reinforces the message of the book with his use of language to create emotions of fear, sadness and despair. The author varies his writing style; he uses effective utilisation of short or single sentence paragraphs. These put emphasis on the subject, like the torture scene where Watson has written "His time hard come." This informs the reader of the importance of what is next to happen. It is especially effective because, being in one paragraph of its own, it tells the reader that it is a single focused thought, one of so great importance, that nothing else can be included. In conclusion, this is a superb book not only because of the brilliant and captivating plot, but also for the way that it was written and how it informs the reader of political freedom and the situation in Chile. "Talking in Whispers" enthrals, entertains and educates the reader. It is excellently written to show the importance of its theme and to engross any reader. ...read more.

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