Slonim Woods 9: A Memoir
ISBN: 0593138856
EAN13: 9780593138854
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 7, 2021
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.69" H x 9.25" L x 6.13" W
Weight: 1.12 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

A stunning firsthand account of the creation of a modern cult under conman Larry Ray and the horrifying costs paid by his young victims: his daughter's college roommates

In September 2010, at the beginning of the academic year at Sarah Lawrence College, a sophomore named Talia Ray asked her roommates if her father could stay with them for a while. No one objected. Her father, Larry Ray, was just released from prison, having spent three years behind bars after a conviction during a bitter custody dispute.

Larry Ray arrived at the dorm, a communal house called Slonim Woods 9, and stayed for the whole year. Over the course of innumerable counseling sessions and family meetings, the intense and forceful Ray convinced his daughter's friends that he alone could help them achieve clarity. Eventually, Ray and the students moved into a small Manhattan apartment, beginning years of manipulation and abuse, as Ray tightened his control over his young charges through blackmail, extortion, and ritualized humiliation.

Daniel Barban Levin was one of the original residents of Slonim Woods 9. Ray coached Daniel through a difficult break-up, slowly drawing him into his web. After two years of escalating psychological, physical, and sexual abuse, Daniel found the strength to escape from Ray's influence and take control of his own life.

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My preference has always been to get lost in the book that I am reading. It started slowly, and I lost interest quickly. Basic daily movements didn't need a book to be written about them. I disliked leaving a book unfinished once I started, so I kept reading. I didn't realize how bad the story was until I emerged at 80% complete, but it was still slow. It is understandable to see how this could happen. A complete megalomaniac is perpetuated by young minds. I don't like the ending, but I think the healing will never end.
   Different kind of story
I still don't understand how people get sucked into cults. I' ve had some weak moments in life, but I can't seem to understand how people connect to cults. I can't seem to understand the premise of the book and writing.
   Fascinating Story
I worked in code enforcement for the town of Piscataway and met Larry Ray a number of times. The dialogue described in this book was included in my encounters with Larry. Larry was a con artist in many ways. I met a woman who I had seen doing yardwork in her underwear. I feel bad for the victims of this story and hope that one day they will recover from Larry Ray's torment.
   Powerful and moving!!!!
It is rare for a young author to write a book of this magnitude. I was amazed that Daniel took his trauma and allowed himself to be vulnerable, so that others may benefit from his experience. I was a mother of a college age child and it chilled me, but now my daughter is reading it. We can both be moved by the Daniels story in different ways. Highly recommend. It is for all ages. It is!
   May No Student’s Dad Living on Campus Blend into The Woods, Again
Daniel Barban Levin is a writer and a person of courage. The author shares the unfoldment of horrible brainwashing and abuse in a non- judging voice, expressing his accounts with such vulnerability and child- like innocence. Colorfully poetic expressions that are sensitive and gentle spare the reader from vicarious trauma. Daniel's bravery and perennial perseverance to survive and thrive post severe trauma, offers tremendous light and hope to any victim, as well as offering greater clarity on what the warning signs of a cult may be for those not fully aware.
   A Remarkable Story
It would be hard to believe that what happened to Mr. Levin was so clear and honest. That's the genius of this work. The tale of several Sarah Lawrence students being gaslighted, abused, exploited, and terrorized by the parent of one of their roommates is hard to believe. Mr. Levin's courage and skill in revealing his thoughts and emotions takes the reader into the experience without scaring them to death. The story of what this man went through and how it happened was beautifully told.
   Trauma Bond Story
I have worked with many victim- survivors of varying severities of abuse and torture, and this is a short story. I am relieved that Daniel was able to escape the situation, as many are still trapped by the psychological methods used by Larry. His daughter became part of the problem. The book could have been improved by giving more information about the effects on others and their loved ones. Hope author is getting therapy for his recovery.