I enjoyed this novel very much. If you are, or know people on the autism spectrum, there will probably be parts of this novel you would find common ground with, but ultimately it is the story about families and family issues that people might be able to relate to. The writer did a very nice job telling a universal story about how communication issues in families affect us all, disabled or not. It is also about how the person who is disabled in a family can often be the one who sometimes rises above the petty misunderstandings of others because of their unique ways of seeing and experiencing the world. I say this from personal experiences also, but Mr. Lester does a fine job of portraying various ways which we perceive the world around us, and how we can manage to co-exist with the ones we love despite our differences and difficulties.
" unputdownable" !!! - if there's even such a word in the English language. Loved every sentence! What a read, even though the alcoholic binging proved way too irritating to me. Verb descriptions and sentence construction created such flow culminating in one of the best endings I have ever read. Far surpasses many good novellas with warmth, heroism, tongue-in-cheek reality but above all.... The love of 2 dads for their sons ( autistic or not) plus a friendship in a million between 2 fuddy-duddies. Incredible read...
It's beautiful honest book. The way the writer reveal without embellishment the story of his Jonah, who is has autism and he's on the lower scale of the spectrum, himself and his family, without giving non of them any slacks, it's absolutely heart wrenching. I cried almost throughout the book, but also smiled a lot, cause in the end it's a story of a father who loves his son. I highly recommend it.
Fiction has roots in reality. Just how deep they go depends on the author, who in this instance makes a point of explaining his choice of subject very clear at the end. So in my heart, I want to be sympathetic, which I am but this is a book review, not my sentiments on the subject matter. There are several themes running in parallel in this book; the autism of child Jonah, the history of his grandfather, Georg and the demons of his son Ben, Jonah's Dad who is battling his own demons whilst desperately trying to achieve the best for Jonah. It is the latter which predominates and does become somewhat repetitive. The characters are well developed but I found the links between the themes were not always clear. All books I read downloaded to my Kindle are riddled with spelling and layout errors that would never be tolerated in hard copy, so maybe my final comment does not apply to the hard copy book. But I was confused by the time lines, the text stopping dead, the next paragraph starting both in a strange location or time with no apparent connection to what has just been read.
Difficult subject written with great understanding, though. If you know nothing about autism, this would be a good place to start.
You probably will not like the narrator, unless you admire alcoholics. You may be appalled, or not surprised, that money matters, even when we are talking about the mentally challenged. Having worked with them at a residence, I had the luck of being on the clock, able to leave. The parents of the mentally challenged, however, don't get that option, so you, as a reader, don't either.
I bought this book for my mom and she is IMPOSSIBLE to please. She reads a ton and is never satisfied. She was enthralled with this book. She read it in one day. She also is a social worker that works with autistic children and was incredible impressed with the account and interpretation in this book.
An extraordinarily revealing novel that reads as the raw inner thoughts of a man who is both accurate and intense in his revelations while indicating he is an unreliable narrator. Jonah, the boy on the extreme end of the autism spectrum, becomes the silent witness and reporter, offering a wobbly bridge among lives of those who love him.
This book took me to a world I was completely unfamiliar with. I was moved, amused, sometimes horrified by the challenges parents of autistic children must face. It puts a lot of things into perspective!