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600 Hours of Edward by [Lancaster, Craig]
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Craig Lancaster is a journalist who has worked at newspapers all over the country, including the San Jose Mercury News, where he served as lead editor for the paper’s coverage of the BALCO steroids scandal. He wrote 600 Hours of Edward—winner of a Montana Book Award honorable mention and a High Plains Book Award—in less than 600 hours during National Novel Writing Month in 2008. His other books include the novel The Summer Son and the short story collection Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure. Lancaster lives in Billings, Montana.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1701 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (14 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GG47UA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 449 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Lovely Treez TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Aug. 2012
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I was initially attracted to this novel as Edward, the narrator, has Aspergers (like my son). Maybe I'm a sucker for punishment but I like to know how ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) is presented in fiction - sometimes authors hit the nail on the head e.g. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time which was equally enjoyed by my son and I, whilst others really miss the mark and one can't help suspecting they're using it in an effort to make their novel quirky, to give it a twist. Edward passed our stringent authenticity test and I think he will endear himself to many, many readers.

Aspergers does not define Edward but it's part of who he is and it explains his love of facts and avoidance of ambiguity. Yes, he can be blunt, lacking diplomacy but it's his OCD which dominates his life. He lives apart from his family and communicates with his father through a solicitor - he'd love to have a better relationship with his father but it takes two to tango. His days are structured around various "data collection" - recording his waking time, the daily weather statistics, compelled to watch old videos of the 50s/60s US police drama, Dragnet, at 10.00pm each evening without fail. He has a vast collection of letters of complaint, letters which he composes to various individuals who have slighted/offended him in some way but which remain unsent, on the advice of his therapist!

However, life is about to change for Edward who, at 39, has led a reclusive existence with very little human contact. His first experience of internet dating is an education. A new neighbour brings new opportunities for interaction. It's not an easy transition but Edward starts to emerge from his cocoon and stamp his personality on the world.
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Review of '600 Hours of Edward' by Craig Lancaster

My own personal top three books of all time has been pretty stagnant for many years. Now one has to make way for this absolute masterpiece. My guess is that anyone who has read this has already given it a glowing review and there is probably little I can add.

However, it is an exquisite piece of work. Twenty-five days in the life of Edward, an Asperger's Syndrome sufferer...twenty-five days in which he experiences several new 'intrusions' into his orderly life. Twenty-five beautiful chapters, almost identical in length. Twenty-five episodes of Dragnet (each, of course one of his favourites).

And finally of course, six hundred divine minutes that you will devour in one sitting and never want to end...
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By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Sept. 2012
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Edward is approaching forty, he is single and lives alone in Billings, Montana, he has Asperger's syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder. He likes routine and order, he likes facts and not suppositions. He leads a life regulated by his needs for a schedule, by his weekly visits to Dr Buckley and his nightly 10.00pm viewing of a recording of a Dragnet episode, strictly in the correct order. The appearance of Kyle, a nine year old boy who has moved in across the street starts in motion a series of events that could lead to a dramatic change on Edwards life.

Edward would like two things, a girlfriend and the approval of his father. He tries his own way to solve the former, the latter seems out of his hands. His father, a County Commissioner, communicates with Edward by letter through his attorney; he has only a few memories of happy times with his father. As the opportunities for friendship open up, Edward finds that such things are not plain sailing, but he is making progress.

Covering 600 hours, or twenty five days, this is an engaging and touching novel, well and correctly written (just as well, for Edward is a stickler for correct grammar!), one is quickly drawn into Edwards life and routine, and soon hoping that he will break away from the regulating factors in his life achieve his goals. Recommended.
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When we first meet 39 year old Edward Stanton he is leading a very well ordered existence, with minimal human interaction. His style of life is strongly influenced by his Asperger's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. As a result what he trusts most are facts and data, and he has a very repetitive existence with numerous rather idiosyncratic rituals. These include visits to the supermarket where he buys the same items at the same time each week, recording his wake up time each day (7.38 being by far the most usual time), and watching an episode from Dragnet, at exactly 10pm each evening, but only the colour episodes made between 1967 and 1970 about which he has almost encyclopaedic knowledge having watched them so often.

However, all this changes when a young neighbour, Kyle, approaches and speaks to him. From then on Edward can choose to risk the uncertainty of dealing with other people, with the rewards or heartaches that this may entail, or reject this new avenue and stick to his routines. However it is clear that he feels that he is missing out on something as he has recently been visiting internet dating sites. None of Edward's issues with dealing with people have been helped by the odd, standoff relationship he has with his parents, in particular his father, who he meets with once a month and who regularly communicates with Edward via his lawyers.

This is a fascinating book, heart warming at times, quite funny at others but also very sad in places. It is certainly outside of my usual comfort zone of reading matter. However, one of the pleasures of the Amazon Vine programme is that you are sometimes jolted out of your usual pattern, much like Edward was in this story really, and discover a really worthwhile book which is how I would categorise 600 Hours. Incidentally the title is an allusion to Edward's preference for accurate details and exactitude.
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