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Boy Alone by Karl Taro Greenfeld
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Nov 29, 2010

really liked it
Read from November 29 to December 05, 2010

This started kind of slowly, but it sucked me in. By the time I got to the last part of it, I couldn't put it down. The author says that this book started out to be a general book about autism, and it shows. Occasionally the author lapses into long passages about autism, that don't seem to quite fit with the story of two brothers.

Honest, both in his telling of the story and in his dealing with the deeper questions of his life with his brother.

So, untimately, the theme of this book is: "Am I my brother's keeper?"

For some reason, I found the cover photo arresting. I was half-way through the book before I realized that the cover photo continued onto the back side of the book, and that the part of the photo showing on the cover was of the author, rather than his autistic brother.

And I was a ways into the book before I realized that the title referred to the author, as well as to his brother.

Well done.
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