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April Fool's Day Paperback – August 6, 1998
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For those not up on BC, a short history - BC was under a deadline to produce TANDIA (the "Power of One" sequel), and many fans were lukewarm about Tandia - well, it was because everything you read in 'April Fools day' was going on while he had to finish it!
Back to this novel - it is a must-read for anyone with a curiosity about what a family goes through in the face of tragedy, and one that doesn't mind LIVING through the REAL life drama and frustration of a father and mother doing EVERYTHING they can to save their son dying of a disease. It got this grown man some major lumps in my throat, fists on the table, and some tears here and there - I cannot say that about anything I have ever read before in my life. Bryce really puts all his heart and soul to make you, the reader, feel his anger, pain, helplessness and sorrow about someone you will never know. This is a major literary achievement for one of the most brilliant authors of our time.
As I have said in some of my other BC reviews - it is a shame that he does not get more 'exposure' in the US. My wife and I have read everything he has ever done, and not 1 page is a dud amongst the thousands he has written - and we can name thousands of duds out there right now on your supermarket shelves...
The young salesgirl from whom I purchased my copy some weeks ago tried to sell me a jumbo box of tissues to go with it...
"You'll need them..." she advised, and I suppose I did, but somehow the sheer length of Damon's journey fom death to birth- and back again to death is so incredibly gruelling that the reader is left as numb and drained as were his parents and his devoted parner, Celeste.
"A Modern Love Story" is the book's subtitle, and there is no accident to the nonsubtle cynicism of this description...for this is an ANGRY book, a book that rages, not just against the genetic tragedy that bypassed Benita Courtenay's first two sons to claim Damon- but it is also an anguished, embittered railing aginst the bureaucraticc bunglings, mismanagement, highhandedness and incompetencies that led to his death at such an early age.
For Damon Courtenay, born a haemophiliac, died of Aids....transfusion- induced Aids....Aids introduced by transfusions of blood products accepted from donor groups long decreed unacceptable in other countries, using a technique acknowledged to be less safe than other proven, more costly methods. In Australia, at that time, under the Equal Opportunity provisions, EVERYONE had the right to give blood...and a Health Minister defended that right, even though the mechanics of Aids transmission were already becoming widely known.
But before the Aids, there was the haemophilia.......Read more ›
I loved the author, his family, dedicated girl-friend and the good people (professional and friends) who worked with such dedication to help the authors son. On the other hand, I was enraged by the slough of the politicians and the rigidity of some of the Medical Establishment, whose main concern seemed to be protecting their turf and preserving their egos.
I think it fair to say that my friend's son is the beneficiary of the enlightenment that this book has shed on the problems that face hemophiliacs.
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The subject is morbid but the style of writing is such that I read it with great interest,Published 16 days ago by Winston
One of his most powerful books based on his personal family experiences.Published 1 month ago by Reader
This book was an emotional roller-coaster, I cried, I laughed and I hated it and I loved it, still I cldnt put it down so I give it a 5 star,Published 6 months ago by Kristin
A brilliant Author writing a terribly sad story about the death of his son.
Having read all Bryce's books publish through Kindle I could not read all of the sad story of this... Read more
Obviously well-written. A brilliant story that elicits every emotion. Probably exactly what Damon Courtenay wanted.Published 12 months ago by Sian Smith
Absolutely terrific book. I think this was Courtenay's only non-fiction book. It is about his son who had hemophelia and contracted AIDS from repeated transfusions. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Perry F. Gawen, Jr.