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4.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
A gift for those who grieve, this exquisite, in all senses of the word, novella is a lesson in bearing the unbearable.

Michel Rostain, wonderful, marvellous, magnificent man that he clearly is, has fashioned his terrible heartbreak into something of truly great value. With a sibling relationship to Joan Didier's `A Year of Magical Thinking' and `Lovely Bones' , `Son' is the big brother of such loss memoirs, a giant astride the chasm between the ordinary day to day life we lead and the terror of the other side, when the worst possible thing happens to a family.

Lion, their beloved only child, died quite unexpectedly, at 21, of meningitis. His mother Martine and father Michel stumbled, lost and bewildered, through the following days and years, moving towards a realization that they were promised on day one, that `you can live with it'. How they got there, the revelations that touched and taught them along the way, should be compulsory reading. A classic.

So don't even pick this up unless you have a few spare hours to give in to the writing. It is part reality, part fiction and attempts to explain the unexplainable. Lion is no spooky supernatural presence; he is real to them and us, speaking to us `in the easy way ... always used'. His observation of his parents sorrow is balanced and cool, watchful and kind but from a great distance. This is easy to go along with and makes the slow unfolding of the seven stages of grief a work to watch.

Towards the end there are exciting developments which cheer and encourage, excite and please. The close friendships enjoyed and nurtured by Lion's parents offer another dimension, sharing and caring in the most beautiful way.
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I bought this as a kindle book and also took the chance to have a review copy as well. It started well and I had high hopes for what I'd anticipated would be an unusual and potentially quite emotional read. Unusual maybe, in that it is narrated by the son who has just died but emotional - well actually this what it was lacking. I felt like the son was (and I'm sorry if this sounds harsh) quite an unlikable character. I have a friend who read this (and that's what prompted me to buy the kindle version) and raved about it talking about the sadness and tears but I was honestly relieved when I was finished it. The funeral of Lion (the son who has died) was quite grotesque to read about becoming theatrical in its portrayal. I did think the ending was good though and provided some inspiration for the readers. It isn't a story I'll be recommending and it isn't a book I'll be hanging on to. For me, it was just okay.
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The Son is an incredibly emotional read. It's a short story, but not one that is enjoyable or comfortable to read. It's about a subject that no parent wants to experience. The death of their child. It is such a well written book and I would say that it's an important book for those dealing with a bereavement.

By telling it from Lion's (Michel's son) voice it doesn't come across as too sentimental. The grief is clearly expressed, but Michel uses his son's voice to express the regrets he had as Lion was dying. Michel documents the death and the preparations for the funeral. I found myself feeling very moved by the writing. It just felt so raw and honest. I really respect Michel Rostain for documenting the journey of grief in this way. I'm sure he's helped many individuals suffering from the loss of a loved one.

I thoroughly recommend this book. It's not an easy to read or a light read full of fluff. It's a true, raw, beautiful read.
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By laineyf TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2013
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'The Son' by Michel Rostain is a book that deals with the greatest loss of all - the loss of a child. Lion is 21 when he dies from meningitis, and this book tells of the aftermath of his death, and the effect it has on his Mother and Father, and his friends. The book is actually told through Michel's eyes,by Lion, who sees the way that his sudden death has impacted on his family, and watches how they struggle to comprehend the hugeness of it all. It is very hard to read such a story, as this is a situation that we all, as parents, fear the most. For me, the questions that Michel asks himself are unbearable - the 'what if's' the 'if only's' - all the things that we ask ourselves that can't be answered. I thought the book might be unbearably sad, would make me cry, would be depressing..............but it wasn't. It IS sad of course, but as it says , it is 'Not a book about death. It's a book about Life.' It is a book about Lion, his life, his family, and of course, his death, and the ensuing pain of those who are left to live on without him. There are joyful memories in the book, there is happiness, and there is the enigma that is death - the finality of it, the loss, but also the enduring love that stays, that continues, and doesn't end just because the loved one is no longer here. I hope that writing this book has helped Michel and his wife, that it has allowed them in some way to come to terms with the loss of Lion, and I admire and respect them for sharing their loss in such a way. Highly recommended.
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