Real Beast: Abused by Brian Arthur Levene: A Book Review

Real Beast: Abused
Author: Brian Arthur Levene
Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography & Memoir, Modern History
Publisher: Gully Gods Publishing
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 232
Source: This book was given to me from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Brian Arthur Levene’s fifth book, Real Beast: Abused, is the true story of the marriage between a beautiful young woman, who struggles to break free from her own middle-eastern religion, culture, and ethos of sexuality and an American who has different ideals. The conflict transforms the couple’s capacity to love, nearly destroying each of them in the course of their lives together. The immersion of Laila into the materialistic and carnal ideals of the western world is also her escape from an abused past. 

Neither her striking beauty, the purity of her husband’s devotion and love, nor the birth of a son is enough to overcome malicious desires to consume her adopted culture and its trappings. Money, and her submission to sexual deviance cultivates this insightful story of the inescapable and inseparable psychological realities of abuse, love and culture—vices that bring out the Real Beast.

      My Review: Brian Arthur Levene’s book, Abused is a memoir that tells the story of his marriage to a young Pakistani woman. She is a woman that has been abused by her parents, and she has been struggling to break loose from the struggles that haunts her past and present. The author tries to help his wife through his love for her. However, he finds that his love nor her son can satisfy her. This memoir tells the effects and aftermath of an abused woman.

     Even though this is a memoir, its focus is on his wife and how his wife has been traumatized by the abuse of her parents and her culture. His wife Laila is a Muslim, but the author is a Christian. Because of their religious differences, Laila’s parents breaks all ties with her. At first she seems alright with her marriage to her husband. She is in the U.S. and has a son. However, her parents abandonment of Laila affects her deeply and she then begins to feel guilty and depressed for what she has done. She misses her parents and went back to visit her.

     Laila comes across as cold and manipulating. We learned that she is emotionally-damaged, but she does mean things. To be honest, I found that I didn’t like her and could not relate to her. This may be why the author calls her a “real beast”.

     Overall, this story is about a broken marriage because of the traumas of a woman who has been abused past and present. It is also about a man's love for his wife who tries his best to make her happy. To be honest, I didn’t know what it would entail. This book has heavily adult content and graphic scenes, violence, and adult language, which I will admit, I skipped all of them. It does focus on their religious and cultural differences. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the aspects of the psychological aftermath of abused victims, and people who are interested in cross-cultural marriages. It’s just this book just wasn’t for me.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


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