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Nylon Kid of the North Paperback – 3 Jul 2012
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Apart from enjoying the tale of the author's early life, the haggis story and several other amusing anecdotes had me laughing out loud!
I find it absolutely amazing that it didn't occur to the medical profession to scan the young man's vital organs at an earlier stage ... clearly he was a very sick boy. A healthy person doesn't display such symptoms, not to mention such dramatic weight loss, unless there's something seriously amiss. The book also makes an interesting commentary on 'alternative' practioners!
All in all, a great read.
Philip was at the time of his illness (as described in the book) away from home in the North East studying at Watford College. Much is made of the care given by those close to him at the time however family and friends are seldom mentioned neither is the care he recieved from them. I believe Mr Paris has a somewhat 'selective memory'of facts surrounding this somewhat traumatic time in his life especially those facts surrounding the suggestion that he that he ask for a routine investigation which eventually led to his diagnosis. A suggestion made by myself who was at the time working as a Staff Nurse at a local hospital.
Whilst this book is a fairly good read and gives some description of the perils and pitfalls of seeking a diagnosis at a time when such things as MRI scans were virtually unheard of I only give it 3 stars as being a person who was involved at the time to a fairly substantial degree along with his parents and brothers I find it soewhat bizzarre that his family is excluded from his memories of actual situations that occurred during this time.
I wish Mr Paris the very best of success in his literary career.
A more rare treasure is a memoir of an extraordinary period of an ordinary person's life, written with enormous humour.
This book is a glimpse into the.concerns of a young man from a working class background whose plans to get on with his life after leaving school are hindered but never broken, by illness which medical experts fail to diagnose or deal with properly.
The skill of the writer is in telling this tale of medical incompetence and his own suffering with laugh out loud anecdotes about his life at the time, which carries on with his college, work and hobbies.
The journey although very funny, is harrowing at times, especially in the later stages of the book. The ultimate triumph is that life will and does go on, most of the time.
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