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My Brother Simple

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  818 Ratings  ·  69 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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Cait (Paper Fury)
AWWW. SO MANY FEELS RIGHT NOW. I really did like it and thought it was a sweet book, but I couldn't stand ANY of the secondary characters. Ergo the lower rating. I was so conflicted the whole time! I think the author captured Simple (his real name is Barnaby Maluri) incredibly well. He's got a learning disability and has the IQ of a 3 year old, but he's really 22. His 17-year-old brother, Kleber, is trying to take care of him. I mean, brother books?!?! BROTHER BOOKS ALWAYS MELT MY HEART. So whil ...more
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
Jess MacFarlane
Mar 12, 2013 Jess MacFarlane rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 10, 2015 DubaiReader rated it liked it
Simple has learning difficulties...

I think I was expecting more from this book, given its popularity on GoodReads. For one thing it is written in a style suited to quite young children, yet the content is definitely too promiscuous for that age group. For another, the translation doesn't really work; it came across as if the main characters were speaking to French people in English. And I also wonder why the two boys, Kleber and Barnaby Maluri are chosen to be of Arabic descent, an extra complic
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
May 31, 2015 Nadia rated it liked it
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
Ninas Bücher
Jan 03, 2015 Ninas Bücher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Jan 03, 2016 Ophelie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recensione completa su:

“Mio fratello Simple” di Marie-Aude Murail, tratta un argomento delicato attraverso il mondo e le vicende di Kléber e di suo fratello Barnabè Maluri, ragazzone di 22 anni con un ritardo mentale che non gli fa superare i 3 anni di età celebrale e che tutti chiamano Simple.
Simple è un personaggio dolce, divertente, che guarda al mondo con candore e viene facile amarlo proprio per questa sua caratteristica. Non è da meno suo fratello K
Feb 29, 2016 Rosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Mio fratello Simple" è il primo libro della Murail che leggo e sicuramente non sarà l'ultimo, ho già inserito altri suoi titoli nella mia infinita wishlist.
In questo romanzo la scrittrice affronta una tematica estremamente difficile ma il tutto con ironia. Il protagonista è Simple "Semplice", un ragazzo con un ritardo mentale che gira sempre insieme al suo coniglietto, Signor Migliotiglio, e che vive insieme al fratello minore Kléber.
La storia è incentrata principalmente sul rapporto tra i du
Lucy Dawson
Aug 23, 2015 Lucy Dawson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
This is a really charming little book set in Paris about two brothers. The eldest has learning difficulties whilst the younger has just pulled him out of a mental hospital to take care of him.
They end up in a flat share with 4 students.
Theres not loads of action but there's heartwarming bits and hilarious bits.
Simple is 22 with the mental age of a 3 year old, has a toy rabbit that talks to him and gets him in all kinds of trouble, and a lot of playmobil figures!
All of the characters are better
Cris Mtz
En definitiva es muy difícil en tan sólo 238 páginas tratar de exponer en su totalidad todo el aprendizaje que implica el convivir, velar y cuidar a un ser humano con alguna discapacidad. Más sin embargo me he encontrado con historias que perfectamente faltan la escéncia y logran transmitir al lector lo maravilloso que es tener a un ser tan lleno de amor. En el caso de la historia de simple creo que hay aspectos rescatables más sin embargo no logra llegar a ese punto medular, que es el ver la di ...more
Luise DeOliveira
May 15, 2016 Luise DeOliveira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine wundervolle WG-Geschichte, mal anders: Simpel ist geistig behindert und damit er nicht in die Irrenanstalt Malicroix zurückgeschickt wird, kümmert sich sein jüngerer Bruder Corentin um ihn.
Ich mochte den Schreibstil der Autorin, die Charaktere, besonders Enzo, und wollte nicht, dass dieses tolle Buch endet. Ohne euch zu spoilern kann ich nur sagen, dass der Roman mehr Gefühle hervorgerufen haben könnte: Ich war kurz vorm Weinen, doch so ganz konnte es mich doch nicht mitreißen. Für vier St
Franzie Lovegood
Jan 09, 2011 Franzie Lovegood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2009 Bittermilch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"du hast ja gar kein schwanz!"
Jul 06, 2015 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-favorites
Cette petite conte émouvante montre une situation bien possible, pourtant moins réaliste. Quel frère se dévouerait tellement à aider l'autre, handicappé mental? A mon avis ca se passe rarement dans la vraie vie. Quand même, l'auteure réussissait avec bravour à créer et à raconter le monde comme Simple le voit. Et, bien sûr, monsieur Pinpin, le protagoniste secret.
Ca me faisait beaucoup de plaisir de lire une telle histoire plein de caractères très sympas et authentiques parlant en même temps de
Molly Looby
Apr 10, 2014 Molly Looby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 23, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca, 2013

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)
Rosie Donson
Oct 23, 2013 Rosie Donson rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 27, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Charlotte Jackson
Apr 03, 2015 Charlotte Jackson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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
Jan 18, 2013 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Aug 14, 2012 Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2012 Thais rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Aug 10, 2016 Helena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
I read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Today I surprisingly found it on the shelf of our vacation house, I grabbed it and began reading it. I read it in one sitting. While reading it I was reminded why I liked it so much. It's just so beautiful how Marie-Aude Murail writes about Simpel and this kind of serious illness so sweet, funny but also very truthfull and serious. Also a love of mine were Enzo and Aria! I also loved how the story wasn't only about Simpel but also
Alice In Wonderbooks
WAW WAW WAW TELLEMENT DE SENTIMENTS. J'ai adoré ce livre et tous ses personnages et son histoire et SURTOUT SIMPLE dont je suis tombée amoureuse. Vous pouvez pas savoir à quel point il me manque maintenant que j'ai fini le livre. Bref, désolée pour cette chronique très peu constructive mais c'est un énorme coup de coeur comme je n'en avais pas eu depuis looongtemps !
Mmm, boh. Non è che sia brutto, ma non è riuscito a coinvolgermi completamente. Ancora più di Cecile, non ho idea di chi sia il destinatario di questo libro: il linguaggio è quasi infantile, ma i temi di cui tratta (non il tema principale del rapporto con il diverso, ma la crescita, l'innamoramento, un accenno di sesso) mi sembrano più diretti a un pubblico adolescenziale. Boh
Sue Murdoch
Jul 06, 2014 Sue Murdoch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Yolo Noyola
Feb 19, 2016 Yolo Noyola rated it really liked it
Amé mucho el personaje de Simple, creo que este libro realmente transmite cómo es que el protagonista vive y atiende día a día las necesidades especiales de su hermano. Sin embargo, no me gusto la expresión que los personajes utilizan para referirse a Simple (o tal vez no me gusto la traducción que hicieron) como retrasado mental.
Pam Saunders
I was not comfortable reading this book, esp. the language, 'retard' 'simple' 'idiot' to refer to the brother. One character using force to get the girl, then having it work. Too many characters, most not well rounded. I blamed the translation, maybe it read better in the original French, but somehow I doubt it.
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