In any person, Rex's talent is absolutely amazing; in a blind autistic child it is completely mind-boggling. I used to think that blindness alone woul...moreIn any person, Rex's talent is absolutely amazing; in a blind autistic child it is completely mind-boggling. I used to think that blindness alone would probably exclude someone from playing the piano but was I ever wrong.
Rex started playing the piano at around age 2 and he's never stopped. Already in his short life he has wowed the world. Everyone keeps asking, how does he do it, how does it work? His mother has come to the conclusion that it is from God and I would have to agree with her.
Rex's mother Cathleen Lewis tells the story of Rex in an extremely honest and emotional way. At times I was captured by the story and at other times I was quite irritated with it. When Lewis focuses on Rex and on God's work in her life, this book is fantastic; but when she overly injects her ego into it or gets on her soap-box it starts to feel like a mother-bear rant.
Overall, it was a fascinating read and I hope to hear more about Rex in the future. (less)
Sometimes I think that the measure of a good book is the change that it brings to your life: a change in perspective or a truth grasped, a new vigor f...moreSometimes I think that the measure of a good book is the change that it brings to your life: a change in perspective or a truth grasped, a new vigor for life, a new desire kindled or rekindled, or a fresh challenge to take. This is one of those books to me. I have always loved music and pianos but this book rekindled something in my life that had dwindled to a small flame and turned it into a blazing, cheerful fire.
I would rather not get into the details of what this book is about...many reviewers have done so already. I would rather tell about the impressions it made on me.
So what has changed in my life as a result of reading this book? I have so much more appreciation for the piano, a most amazing instrument, and I really want to own one (right now I have a very nice keyboard that works beautifully, but is just not the same as a real piano). I have been inspired to work on my musical abilities and to hone them even more. I have a deeper appreciation for the people who invented and helped to make pianos what they are today and the composers who exploited its sound beauty. I have a hunger for listening to and playing beautiful music.
Mr. Carhart has a very beautiful writing style that reminds me of a carefully polished piece of woodwork: smooth, strong, calm, minimalist, and with a subtle sheen. His word choices, the way he weaves the threads of the story, the way he balances complete realism with the bright sparkle of life, the way he captures personalities, all of these speak of fine and intelligent craftsmanship.
I think what most impressed me about Mr. Carhart is his complete humility and openness to new knowledge. Because of these two characteristics, he was able to encounter the circumstances that led to the writing of this book.
Well, enough rambling. I knew this book review would be inadequate. I can never write good reviews of the books I love.