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Good start, but I was very sad that it did not reach it's potential of (perhaps) greatness.
on 13 March 2017
I enjoyed the first third of this book very much indeed. It conveyed an hard working, brave and kind man, doing his best under great difficulties. However, it did not completely fulfill the author's potential (for me).
I got a bit muddled with the drawn out DNA testing and couldn't be bothered to go back and reread the puzzling bits. Also, his own diagnosis (sort of "diagnosis") came much too late. I found the ending unsatisfying, particularly for the main female character (who we fidnt really get to know).
As well as this, I don't think the last two thirds of the book found the balance between the strengths (e.g. kindness, intelligence) and pain (eg of being often misunderstood, hence, loneliness and the under-achievement of a super-intelligent person) of the main character.
In spite of this, the book does have charm. It would be good for discussion within a book group.
Note: I have ADHD, dyslexia and clinical depression (I'm a laugh a minute!) so may have a different perspective to some people.