April Fool's Day is controversial, painful and heartbreaking, yet has a gentle humor. It is also life-affirming and, above all, a testimony to the incredible regenerative strength of love: how when we confront our worst, we can become our best. This tragic yet uplifting story will change the way you think. From the author of The Power of One.
©1993 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"April Fool's Day is one of those rare, wholly beautiful books that lets life speak for itself." (The Australian)
This book is in a special category due to its subject matter. I love Bryce Courtenay writings but this one was about his son and his son's tragic but lovely life. It will definitely make you feel and become emotionally involved, so not a book for those needing an uplifting or inspirational read/listen. I especially liked the book (it is hard to say enjoyed because of the subject matter although I did enjoy it) since I had listened to so many of Courtenay's books. That is, after a dozen or so of his books I felt I was able to get to know this author finally. It is truly a heart wrenching tale.
David Sheff wrote a book about his sons addictions and the son Nic also wrote a book about his addictions. These books too were tragic but so self indulgent - especially the son's that they had a somewhat of a theatrical nature about them - Aprils Fools Day was long and sometimes rambling but Courtenay was not self indulgent.
Nothing - I look for books narrated by Humphrey Bower.
Pretty strong emotional reaction - it was hard because of the pain and agony expressed by the author. Albeit he tried his best to express love and joy and humor. It just was not possible to feel the tragedy and heart break.
Upon listening one hopes that in writing the book he lessened his pain and agony over losing his son.
Have put aside after going through 3/4 of book. I did not want to listen to any more of the progressive demise of an innocent character.
I did not see how Bryce Courtenay could write a book on his son's short life and take 20 hours to do so (surely it would get repetitive). No--it was fabulous! As a nurse we touched on hemophilia in school, but they never told the story! Stupendous! Many thanks for sharing such an intimate story. As good as his other books. And of course, I love the narrator!
I understand why this book was written. I just don't understand why it HAD to be written. It's a very personal journey for a courageous family faced with the horrible health crisis of their beloved son. As an HIV positive person, I object to the outdated medical "facts". Thankfully, the agony Damon faced is most often not the fate of those presently dealing with AIDS. That's objectional to me, but the most painful aspect of April Fool's Day is that it so personal, so unique, so agonizingly real that it doesn't say as much as it should to the rest of us. Catharsis alone doesn't make for great literature.
A very sad story of Damon but also a story about strength and courage. Damon went through so much but enjoyed life.
Never a fan of the author, the many many recommendations for this story drove me to download it.
I remain definitely not a fan of the author, unable to continue listening to such self indulgent rambling past the halfway mark. The repetition, the unspeakably banal dialogue......it was DREADFUL.
With an intelligent editor it could have been culled to about 30% and been a touching and engaging read/listen.
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