- File Size: 1535 KB
- Print Length: 419 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 9, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DB4DAYK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
In a 2003 writing class I wrote a "word portrait" of Rene Magritte's The Mysteries of the Horizon, an interpretation of the person and setting of the painting. Then as a later exercise I wrote a "wrapper" story about the writer of the word portrait and how it reflected his life.
I liked what I'd done and wrote more. I began to connect them into a set of linked short stories. Then I decided that the word portraits themselves were bogging down the read and removed them. The protagonist still wrote word portraits but the content was now only intimated.
Then I read an issue of Time Magazine about autism and realized the autistic nature fit my protagonist. I read books that taught me more about the attributes of an autistic childhood and about how some were able to overcome their limitations.
By then the collection was becoming a unified piece, finding its own life probing the boundaries of social, psychological, and spiritual understanding and how they fit together. My goal became the expansion of these boundaries for the protagonist, the author, and hopefully the reader.
Then I took a job that kept me from home twelve hours a day. All writing stopped until I retired and moved to Thailand. Once here I reworked what I had and now want to try it out. It's still set in Los Angeles circa 2003. Too many references put it in that timeframe. My hope is that the story is timeless enough to endure.
The protagonist's name is Frank McCoy, first and last name chosen to represent honesty and truth.
About the Author:
- Like Frank, I'm visually impaired and spent first through third grades in a boarding school for the blind.
- Like Frank, my father was transferred to Switzerland where I spent my high-school years.
- Like Frank, I earned an MA in physics at Boston University then left after two years in their Ph.D. program.
- Like Frank, I've spent a good bit of my adult life pursuing psychological and spiritual awareness.
- Like Frank, I worked intermittently as a software engineer between bouts of creativity.
- Unlike Frank, I wasn't an autistic child (though we had plenty in common).
- Unlike Frank, I'm now retired and living in Thailand so I can write full-time.
I must emphasize, though, that Memoir of an Unlikely Savior is a work of fiction. While aspects of Frank's life parallel mine, the novel is not an autobiography. All characters within it are creations of my imagination and not meant as a representation of anyone who is or ever was alive.
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Top Customer Reviews
VanDenBeemt has an understanding of language that is rare. His ability to use words is spot on. His facility with metaphor is brilliant. And on top of all that, he tells a damned good story. Once I started reading it I just set aside my life and spent every spare moment with the book. It's a sure thing that everyone on my Christmas list this year will be getting a copy in their stocking. I hope we won't have to wait long for the next book from this amazing writer.
First, the mechanics of the book. Well written, that is, sentence by sentence. However, the seams of the short stories are sometimes jarringly visible. I would like to have seen more ruthless editing of their joining, eliminating the repetition of some scenes, the reiteration of what we already know in other places. We didn’t really need the recapitulation given to us in spots; we just read it! It got a bit confusing here and there, but I’m smart enough to have figured it out. But like I said, a tighter edit would have done it a world of good.
Now, the good points. Although the protagonist is referred to as ‘autisic’, and refers to himself that way, the description of his behaviors and thought processes sounds more specifically like Asperger’s Syndrome. Since this story is set in 2003, I think there was enough known then to call it that. The story is told in the first person, and the protagonist describes his feelings and events with colors, a very charming and likable trope, and believable as well.
The bones are that a poorly sighted young man, coping with a highly functioning form of autism, living in Boston with a decent job, reads about Primal Scream therapy, figures it might be the answer to his disjointed life, and against his parents’ advice, picks up stakes and move across country to L.A., where he gets in touch with a practitioner and begins weekly therapy.
Throughout the book, he recounts his dreams, and his sessions, which I found to be tedious after a while, but then, I am a ‘cut to the chase’ kind of reader. Following long developmental processes, fascinating as it can be, eventually pale.
As with most "free" books, this one needed the touch of a good editor. Most of the writing was fine through the first half of the book. Seemed like the editor became as bored with the story line as I, and the last part of the book had more errors in spelling and grammar.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
interesting book about an adult on the autism spectrum. Not a thriller, but an interesting character study,Published 15 months ago by Ruth K. Hroncich
An awakening of the author and to the reader! Fabulous work!Published 18 months ago by Patrick Hanrahan
What an amazing journey of life from the perspective of an autistic person. I couldn't stop reading it - hate the word limits on these reviewsPublished 21 months ago by J. Talboy
I purchased this book some time ago and can't seem to get through it. Although I liked the main character and his story telling style, the book is slow to me. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kay Abell
Was surprisingly good story line and characters. Could not put it down until I read the whole thing. Kudos to the writer.Published 22 months ago by Cheryl
I could not get into this book far enough to develop an idea regarding the main person in the story line. I tried, but no luck. Only 8 % read. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Carol S. Bradley
I forced myself through about 1/3 of it, hoping it would get better but it didn't. Sorry, just not my kind of book.Published on January 20, 2014 by speedlady
I couldn't get past 9% of this book. In my opinion it was rambling, confusing and very depressing. I had no idea of where it was going and found I didn't care enough about the... Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Patricia Kenworthy