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About the Author
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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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600 Hours of Edward seemed to have such a following on THE Book Club on Facebook (although I admit, when I first saw the hashtag #teamedward, I did shudder that this was some sort of resurgence to Twilight) that I decided to dive in.
Fear not, intrepid readers, 600 Hours of Edward is about as far removed from a YA vampire novel as you can get.
Edward Stanton Jr. is an obsessive compulsive thirty-nine year old man with Aspergers Syndrome. I am going to be brutally honest here. When I first read the book blurb, I envisaged an extremely repetitive, boring book about some lonely guy who constantly flicks the light-switch on and off, and I struggled to see how you could make an entire novel from such a limited viewpoint.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
There are repetitions; Edward clocks what time he wakes up each day (7.38 a.m. is the most common), what the high and low weather temperatures were on the previous day (for you can’t trust forecasts – they are inherently untrustworthy), and has an extremely narrow sphere of dietary needs, in addition to a rather unhealthy obsession with a 70’s TV show called Dragnet. I did think, as the novel progressed, that these would begin to annoy me. They didn’t. Edward had such a unique way of expressing himself that even though the repetition was there, it seemed fresh and new each time.
Edward is funny. He even admits this to himself at times. And although I never put spoilers in my review, the date scene with Joy is hilarious! So many times, I chuckled aloud at Edward’s thoughts or actions.
There are poignant moments too; at times, my heart cracked for Edward, especially when it came to his relationship (or lack of) with his father.
I don’t know how Craig Lancaster has done it, but nonetheless (I love the word nonetheless)* he has crafted the most wonderful story around a character that, on the surface, may seem irritating or annoying. Edward is neither.
I have already downloaded the next two books. Can’t wait to share more of Edward’s journey, walking right alongside him.
*Especially for those who’ve already read the book🙂
I can't wait to read the next Edward books, I love him!
5 massive stars from me, this book it up there with my best reads ever.
This is a charming read, and I found Edward to be an excellent narrator of his story. I thought his conditions were portrayed very well and, with a touch of OCD myself, I could understand and empathise with his character. It was nice to see, throughout the course of the story, how Edward blossomed and developed and was able to make friends, probably for the first time in his life.
A very good read, and a quick and easy one too.
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Also very touching in parts