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600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster
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Mar 05, 16

it was amazing
bookshelves: won, favorites, 2010, drama, series
Read from May 31 to June 03, 2010

This was a great book! I found myself smiling broadly and even laughing out loud while I read it. The premise of the story was no laughing matter, however. Mental illness is always a tough subject for an author to tackle in a fictional setting. I can't imagine the difficulty they encounter trying to capture and illustrate the issues a mentally ill subject must deal with while at the same time ensuring that the character doesn't come across as "too crazy". Mr. Lancaster has done a superb job working through this potential dilemma. Edward Stanton is a likeable, middle aged man who just happens to have a mental illness. He has feelings and thoughts just like any of us. This story focuses on the accomplishments Edward makes, little by little, one step at a time. I rejoiced with him for his achievements and cried with him for his setbacks and challenges. This is a heartwarming tale that demonstrates what the human spirit is capable of if one possesses enough will and determination.
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05/31 page 57
06/03 page 212
76.26% "This is a great book"
03/05 marked as: read

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Julie Angel wrote: "People with autism or asperger's do not have a mental illness. They are not mentally ill or retarded. Just to clear that up for you."

Thank you for clarifying that for me Angel.....I was not aware. I appreciate you keeping me honest!

Jenniferanddave Creger Well said. I adored Edward even more because my sweet nephew's diagnosis is "highly functioning autistic" and he is just as adorable as Edward. And challenging.....

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