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My Brother Simple

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  549 ratings  ·  46 reviews
There's unrequited love, lust (lots of it), bad romantic poetry, too many essays, and plenty of crisps. But the seventeen-year-old boy in this story has something extra to contend with. His older brother has learning difficulties and is languishing in a care home. Listening to his heart rather than his head, the boy knows he must get his brother, nicknamed Simple, out. But ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Bloomsbury Children's (first published 2004)
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Jess MacFarlane
I recently read 'My Brother Simple' by Marie-Aude Murail. It is about a teenage boy named Kleber Maluri who is looking after his brother, Simple, so Simple doesn't have to go into a institution. I wanted to read this book because I personally don't know anyone with learning difficulties and I was curious to know how others feel about it and how they cope.

This book fits in the category of 'A book with a male main character'. I found this category very interesting because usually I only read books
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Anna [Floanne]
Che peccato! Nutrivo maggiori aspettative dopo il fulmineo innamoramento provato per "Miss Charity". Non è brutto ma l'ho trovato un po troppo stereotipato nei personaggi e ripetitivo nella storia. Tre stelle le guadagna perché, comunque, si inserisce in quel filone lodevole di letteratura per ragazzi che tenta di veicolare messaggi socialmente educativi. La Murail, infatti, si rivolge ad un pubblico giovane con una tematica, quella della disabilità e del ritardo mentale, che meritano di essere ...more
Ninas Bücher
Klappentext:

Simpel spielt gern mit Playmobil. Er spricht mit seinem Stoffhasen. Er sagt: »Hier sind alle total blöd!«, wenn hier alle total blöd sind, und er kann total schnell zählen: 7, 9, 12, B, tausend, hundert. Simpel ist zweiundzwanzig Jahre alt, doch mental ist er auf der Stufe eines dreijährigen Kindes. Gut, dass sich sein siebzehnjähriger Bruder um ihn kümmert. Doch Simpel zu betreuen ist alles andere als simpel. Und als die beiden Brüder in eine WG ziehen, da wird es erst recht kompli
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Franziska {Leben und Lesen}
Simpel ist ein wundervolles Buch über Freundschaft, Familie und die Liebe. Unbedingt lesen!
Tina Ottosson
I'm not very found of French books, and on the Sweidish cover it says (in translation): "Winner of Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, readers choice, 2008!" I obviously thought this was a German book, and I thought I'd give it a try.

But after a little more than 100 pages I'm done with this book. We just don't come along. It's a little bit funny once in a while, but mostly I just get the feeling of a writer who wants to be compared with A A Milne, and doesn't always know who she's writing for: an ad
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Bittermilch
wundersüß.
"du hast ja gar kein schwanz!"
Molly Looby
A Spoiler Free Bit About The Book

Kleber has trouble searching for somewhere to live with his brother Simple who has learning difficulties giving him the IQ of a three year old. Taking matters into his own hands, Kleber moves himself and Simple into a flat with some university students to show his father that Simple does not need to go back to the institution that frightens him.

Somehow the flat mates have to accept Simple and Kleber for who they are whilst dealing with the issues in their own liv
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Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
Kleber Maluri is 17 and lives in Paris. His brother Barnaby, known to everyone as Simple, is 22, but has a mental age of about 3, and is inseparable from his soft-toy companion, Mister Babbit. Simple was in a institution called Malicroix, but Kleber knows how unhappy Simple is there, and decides he will look after his brother himself, as their mother has passed away and their father has a new life and is not interested in taking an active role caring for the two brothers.

Kleber has his own hopes
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Laura

En Simple és... especial. No faré l'error de dir que és simple, perquè no ho és pas.

Crec que el llibre només es pot llegir de dues maneres: Si no coneixes cap persona com en Simple, el llibre t'endinsa en el seu món, tot i que no estic segura que sigui gaire creïble. Si coneixes algú com en Simple...

El meu cas és el segon. Jo conec algú com en Simple. I si bé el llibre m'ha agradat molt, també m'ha fet patir molt. El fet de veure com el germà petit d'en Simple (que encara no és major d'edat)
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Rosie Donson
Barnaby or 'Simple' is not your average twenty-two year old. He and his toy, Mr Babbit, are inseparable. After his seventeen year old brother, Kleber, rescues him from Malicrox and agrees to take full responsibility for Simple they struggle to find somewhere to live. Kleber tries to inform people of Simple's learning difficulties but it doesn't stop people from being afraid. Eventually Kleber manages to convince a group of university students to take them in. Initially, Simple gets in the way bu ...more
Sarah
"Simpel" von Marie-Aude Murail war für mich ein Spontankauf, der anschließend eine ganze Weile in meinem Regal lag, bis ich ihn endlich gelesen habe. Jetzt bereue ich es ein bisschen, dass ich dieses Buch so lange habe warten lassen, denn es ist einfach wundervoll!

Inhalt: Simpel ist eigentlich 22 Jahre alt, aber geistig behindert und auf dem Stand eines Dreijährigen. Lange Zeit hat er in einer Anstalt gelebt, sich dort aber nicht wohl gefühlt. Jetzt hat sein 17jähriger Bruder Colbert beschlossen
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Charlotte Jackson
For me, the attraction to this book came because I could relate to Kleber's situation in some ways; living life constantly in apology for your brother with learning difficulties and getting around the non-acceptances of society.
All of the characters were given a great insight within this relatively short book, and led to so many perfect endings.
There is also a great humourous side to this novel in many of the things that Simple says such as the lil' men and his bad words which add a lighter edge
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Miriam
Jan 18, 2013 Miriam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
For a more detailed review, please go to my blog.

This book is truly awesome. I fell in love with the character immediately, which is always a good sign, because for me, there is nothing more important in a book than the characters. Above all, Simple and his brother Colbert are very cute, not only because of the way they interact with each other, but also in the way the both struggle to live their own life and be the person they want to be without hurting the ones they love. It becomes clear from
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Angel
Quando avrete voglia di una storia deliziosa, commovente, reale e apparentemente semplice allora prendete in mano "Mio fratello Simple" e leggetelo. Questo romanzo, breve e sintetico, ha una forza straordinaria che cattura dalla prima pagina e non lascia fino alla fine.
La storia di Simple e Kléber è complicata, ma raccontata in maniera semplice e alla portata di tutti. Kléber è un adolescente che si prende cura del fratello Simple. Nonostante Simple sia più grande, secondo i dati anagrafici, la
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Thais


Forse cinque stelline saranno anche troppe, ma io l'ho adorato. Ho adorato Simple. È talmente dolce, commovente, irritante e divertente che è impossibile non amarlo. Ed è quello che fanno tutti i personaggi di questa storia... Simple ha 22 anni, ma solo 3 cerebrali. E suo fratello Klébert non ci pensa nemmeno a rimetterlo all'istituto dove l'aveva portato il padre. Anche se ha solo 17 anni, Klébert si prende cura del fratello maggiore, e insieme vanno a vivere in un appartamento di studenti che
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Sue Murdoch
I have avoided reading other people's reviews because I want to focus on how it made me feel. As Kleiber and his flatmates juggle their own emotions and relationships and looking out for Simple becomes more challenging I could not put this book down. Whilst the fact that it is a work fiction meant that some of the characters (Zhara's family) presented a solution, I was moved by the brothers'closeness; Simple's personality shone through and as a mother I just wanted to be there - indeed the story ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Chi affrontasse "Mio fratello Simple" come fosse un romanzo qualunque resterebbe deluso. Prima di tutto si troverebbe sconcertato di fronte alle premesse decisamente improbabili della storia: Kléber a soli diciassette anni si fa carico del fratello maggiore, gravemente ritardato. Orfani di madre, i due fratelli hanno un padre che sembra non passarsela poi così male, ma che ritiene che il posto più adatto dove far vivere Simple sia un istituto che ricorda molto un lager. Kléber si oppone durament ...more
Nadia
3.5 stars! I certainly didn't expect I would enjoy this book that much since I had to read it for school but I was still pleasantly surprised!

"He will open your eyes, and still your heart"

He certainly did stole my heart <3
Judit Rozsonits
Egyszerre szívszorító és szívmelengető.
Emberi gyarlóságról, gonoszságról, a morc álarc mögé pillantásról, és még sokkal, sokkal többről szól ez a könyv, messze nem "csak" a "dühöngő ifjúság"nak!
Kedvenccé vált, azon nyomban.
Matthew Allen
My Brother Simple was an enjoyable read, with some interesting characters. I enjoyed the point of view of the young man Simple who is in his early twenties with learning difficulties. He uses his pet rabbit, Mr Babbit, as a way to deal with a confusing adult world and his child-like view of things gives the other teenage characters a new perspective on their problems. Somewhere I feel that this novel lost something in the translation from the French. The language seemed slightly awkward and alth ...more
Fernando
Es una historia muy sencilla, pero muy bonita, te deja pensando en ¿qué tan incluyentes somos como sociedad con las personas con discapacidad?
No había leido algo así, me gustó :)
Sonia
Parlare di certi argomenti può sempre essere difficile e ci vuole delicatezza.
E la Murail ha saputo descrivere in maniera così dolce questa storia su Simple, ragazzo di 23 anni ritardato mentale, che anche quando lui stesso si affibbia l'aggettivo idiota, non possiamo che sorriderne.
Avrebbe potuto essere un romanzo difficile se ci si fosse concentrati sull'abbandono del ragazzo da parte del padre, ma è bello che l'autrice invece si sia concentrata sull'amore del fratello adolescente e di tutte
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Daniela
Superbo, ironico, vero...davvero un libro da leggere!
Mots-Insatiables
Très beau. On peut même le considérer comme un livre pour adulte !
Maite Elices
It was funny in a way that made me laugh out loud. Sad in a way that forced to me put myself in the main character's world. I have learned something today.
Fer
Este libro tuve que leerlo para un proyecto del colegio y la verdad no creía que fuera a gustarme. Pero, después de todo logro gustarme.
Me gusta la forma en la que te hacen ver lo que las personas con capacidades tienen que pasar y que no todo es como lo pintan, te lo muestra de una forma...real.
Otra cosa que logró atraer mi atención es que no sólo te cuenta la historia de simple, si no la de los personajes secundarios y eso suele ser un complemento en los libros que a mi me encanta.
Recomenda
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Mariam Elhamamy
It definitely became one of my favorite books.
Clara Sambrano
Que bonito libro, sin duda esta en mi lista de favoritos
Ffiamma
marie aude murail ha il dono (magico) di saper trattare temi importanti con una grazia e una leggerezza incredibili, rendendoli accessibili a tutti. questo libro, come gli altri, è destinato agli adolescenti e racconta l'handicap in modo sincero e diretto, senza ipocrisie né buonismi- passando dalla fiaba alla realtà con grande disinvoltura. si ride, ci si commuove, si legge in un baleno; lieto fine obbligatorio ma in qualche modo necessario.
una delizia.
Margherita Dolcevita
Divertente e delicato come pochi. Si legge alla svelta e provoca una girandola di emozioni incredibile, dalla tristezza alla gioia, dalla commozione alla risata, è davvero un romanzo completo. Particolare anche il modo di relazionarsi con gli altri coinquilini, spesso sono proprio "gli idioti" a darti di più. A volte è un po' caotico, ho fatto fatica a star dietro a Simple e al suo Signor Migliotiglio!
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