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Alex: The Life of a Child Paperback – July 30, 1997
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dozen books, he has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters and has been awarded both an Emmy and a Peabody. Two of his books, Everybody's All-American and Alex: The Life of a Child, a memoir about his daughter who died of cystic fibrosis, have been made into movies. Sporting News describes Deford as "the most influential sports voice among members of the print media" and GQ simply calls him "the world's greatest sportswriter." Deford resides in Connecticut with his wife, Carol.
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I had some vague conception of cystic fibrosis before reading this, but no idea just how horrible it really is. The book is written in a very conversational style. Mr. Deford is to be commended for his openness about the full range of emotions he experienced throughout the nine years of his daughter's life.
The book is quite short, which turns out to be a mercy. It is one of the best books I have read, but I can't imagine having to read it again.
Frank Deford has my utmost respect for having survived Alex's death. No parent who loses a child ever recovers; "healing" and "closure" are insipid terms that people who've never suffered that loss use to try to cope on behalf of friends or family. Truth is, more couples separate over the death of a child than stay together. Many parents withdraw into depression, or suicide, after the death of a child, especially a small one.
But instead of just surviving, which God knows he and his family were entitled to do, Frank Deford wrote this beautiful tribute to Alex. It is marvelous. Alex lives in this book, and when she dies there is a grace to Deford's prose that evokes the presence that used to be. A sweet, stubborn, keenly intelligent and high-spirited little girl, Alex is a surprise on every page. How could anyone have lived with a child that alert to her fate, and so determined to face it on her terms, and not gained strength from her?
I can't tell Alex's story better than her father did, so find the book and read it. If the death of a child saddens you, then remember: the book is not about her death, but her life and how she lived it.
Alex Deford was a strong little girl that was stricken with a terrible disease, and eventually taken from this earth way too early. In this book, Deford recalls her inspiring story, as well as giving us a look into his own life. He is straightforward and ultimately candid about the trials and pains that young Alex had to endure. Through her remarkable story, we learn a great deal about her, and it forces us to look upon each of our own inner strengths.
The book flows really well, and Deford does an incredible job of mingling his own story into Alex's. I really enjoyed the way he included other children's letters and personal thoughts, and not correcting their spelling was a great touch.
This book was a joy to read. I thank Mr. Deford for opening my eyes to this horrible disease, and just allowing me to get to know Alex Deford and what she was all about. It was a true pleasure, and I urge all of you to please read this wonderful book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw the tv movie in the 80's. I must have been 10 or 11, I'm 40 now. I just remember crying my eyes out. I will never forget Alex Deford's story, or cystic fibrosis. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Heather
This one was one of the sweetest, most heart-breaking novels I have ever read. I recommend it to anyone that wonders if they should pick it up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tabby
Well written. Your heart goes out to the Defords. What an amazing family!Published 5 months ago by emalou
A friend suggested this book because I despise DeFord on the radio. Very touching story of his daughter with cystic fibrosis..Published 6 months ago by DrDLVS
This book made me cry in many parts of its heart-wrenching true story. Reading it allowed me to see cystic fibrosis as a cruel disease that can take the life of even the most... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jaqueline Sparks
Frank Deford beautifully portrays the too short life of his child. His descriptions of the symptoms and ravages of CF are extremely helpfulPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent writing. Very insightful on the effects of death in a family. Loved it.Published 9 months ago by Lovegimik