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Memoir of an Unlikely Savior by [VanDenBeemt, Peter]
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Length: 419 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • 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
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Although I'm a slow reader, I finally finished this gripping novel after several long (and late) sessions during which I almost couldn't put it down to go to bed. I was totally captivated by the story, both for its content per se and the manner in which it was presented. Although I'm a strongly linear type of thinker myself (PhD in physics), I thoroughly enjoyed and applauded the book's non-linear and multi-thread style as well as all of its beautifully written content, including the imaginative representation of emotions (which of course can't be adequately expressed through words) by colors. I also was very much taken by the continuous deeply intellectual and insightful underpinning of the multiple interlocking stories about fundamentally emotional and spiritual matters.
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Heartfelt tale of a young man whose life-work is coming to terms with being sent to a boarding school for the blind at the tender age of 6. Why was he sent away? Will he ever feel and be "normal"? Frank finds his answers through his writing, primal therapy and his on-going search for a personal, artistic and spiritual aesthetic. Along the way, he discovers through developing relationships (mostly with beautiful women) that he has helped several others meet and face down their own demons. I was pulling for him the whole way.
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Fascinating tale of redemption. The protagonist is able to overcome a frightful childhood and reach out to many others. It's a gripping story, hard to put down.
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This book was a real page turner for me and took high priority until I got to the end. The multiple stories were intertwined in a fascinating and artful way. This book has deep personal intrigue as well as spiritual insight.
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I'm a writer. I'm also a tough critic of others' work and I am blown away by the depth, the quality, the honesty, the perception of "Memoir of an Unlikely Savior."
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.
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This is an interesting, though somewhat odd book, the story of a young man, autistic and vision-challenged, as he works his way through separating from the tight grip of his parents and bullying older brother, to find his own spirituality, his own way in the world, and answers to his difficult childhood.

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.
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This book had a lot of promise - but also a lot of repetitive text, which made it overly long. I only finished it because I kept looking for something that brought the bits and pieces together. It tells the story of a rather pathetic character who was the youngest product of a very dysfunctional family and, as an adult, is gradually learning how to relate to them. There is very little continuity in the book as it jumps back and forth from a rather traumatic childhood to the present. The string of female partners were a bit confusing as their roles in his life were constantly changing. At the end, I felt the book was basically a very long travel through a man's psychological path from childhood to adulthood with a number of sexual partners thrown in, although there was no graphic sex. The story was certainly believable, though there were several instances where I wanted to shout rather loudly for the main character to grow up!!

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.
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