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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Headline Digital
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 23 May 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CY6OU72
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The Son Audio Download – Unabridged
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unusual angle on bereavement with the dead son acting as narrator as he observes his father coping with his death.Published 6 months ago by Dr. Ed Delany
If this seller has what you're after buy it from them. Very well packaged.Published 19 months ago by Richie4Debbie
This was a well written book from a very different perspective. Dealing with the awful scenario of a child passing away before their parents and how they cope. Read morePublished on 6 April 2014 by Heather Iveson
Intriguing, personal, enchanting, life-affirming, challenging. This book writes about death in a way accessible to most people, and makes the case for living life to the full and... Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2014 by bookworm8
Michel Rostain writes of the greatest sadness of all - the loss of a child. In this translation from the original French, the author writes from the viewpoint of the deceased... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2014 by Charlotte
A good read with a lot difficult decisions for the characters, gives you a lot to think about, worth taking the time to read.Published on 3 Nov. 2013 by Amazon Customer
A beautiful, heart rending tribute to the love and life of a treasured son. Charts the grief process eloquently and succinctly.Published on 4 Sept. 2013 by vee
A very moving account of the situation following the death of a young man from meningitis. A very unusual narrative in that it is relayed by the youth who has died, rather than his... Read morePublished on 30 July 2013 by KEN ABBOTT
A wonderfully different style to what I have read before, I loved it however I needed to have tissues handy throughout the book.Published on 14 July 2013 by Mrs E.M.Lomax