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This review is from: A Friend Like Henry (Hardcover)
This is a book about a very emotive subject, but it is so poorly written you can develop no affection for the characters.
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Initial post: 10 Feb 2009 20:45:18 GMT
The Sky Is Empty says:
Wow, what an amazingly pithy, well judged review. Marx, Lenin, Martin Luther King, Abe Lincoln - they can all rest easy. The greatest commentator of our age has spoken. It's probably a fair bet that if you asked Nuala Gardner if she thought of herself as a writer or mother first it wouldn't take the greatest leap of imagination (an ability clearly and sorely lacking in the reviewer) to find the answer. I'm sure we can all agree that the reviewer's comments speak more of their own puddle deep character (as she refers to the actual people in the book - characters!! what is this? Disney?) than that of the events in this book. And yes, befre you ask 'book club mum' (oh, the delicious irony!), I am the parent of two autistic children. I'm thinking now of writing a book of mine and my family's experiences of autism and sending you the first copy. I can't wait to plaster your laser precise, nine word review (if you could struggle to manage more I'd appreciate it) all across it.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2010 00:44:06 BDT
I haven't read this yet, but bought it online. Have just read Stand Up for Autism and commented favourably for the author, who is writing an account of her experiences. At times it was so like my experiences.
This book I look forward to reading from earlier reviews on here. I totally agree that the important thing is for the author Nuala to write it from the heart and for it not to appear as a ficton reader would read it. I myself know that Autism and diagnosis and the appropriate help from governement departments is time consuming by the parents, if the author is covered alot, so be it. I am glad that you have felt so strongly to comment as no doubt I may have done in the future, as a mother of an autistic boy, I can only applaud your response to her very cold post. Also, although not feeling I could, have thought about putting my account down on paper. Only mothers/fathers, close family and to some degree professionals working closely have the appropriate insight. No doubt for many, this book is an aid to help them understand how their loved one/sibling/child may feel or to learn how others have coped and gain strength. Why should we let others ruin the opportunity to take a look through the pages of this book. Here, Here for your comments and keep posting with regard to Autism.
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