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April Fool's Day | [Bryce Courtenay]

April Fool's Day

This is Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon, a hemophiliac who died from medically acquired AIDS on April 1, 1991, at the age of 24. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

This is Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon, a hemophiliac who died from medically acquired AIDS on April 1, 1991, at the age of 24.

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

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"April Fool's Day is one of those rare, wholly beautiful books that lets life speak for itself." (The Australian)

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    James Gordon New York, NY 05-12-07
    James Gordon New York, NY 05-12-07 Member Since 2013
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    "The Power of None"

    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 As an HIV positive person, I object to the outdated medical "facts".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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Moroni, UT, United States 05-13-07
    Stephen Moroni, UT, United States 05-13-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Great story."

    A very sad story of Damon but also a story about strength and courage. Damon went through so much but enjoyed life.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Melbourne, Australia 04-03-12
    Julie Melbourne, Australia 04-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Where was the Editor?"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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