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When Horse Became Saw: A Family's Journey Through Autism

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  11 reviews
When Anthony Macris' son was diagnosed with autism, he and his partner Kathy had two choices: do what they were told – and could afford – or do what they thought best. This is the tragic, joyful, instructive story of how they confronted the condition that changed their lives.

Before the onset of autism, Alex was a vibrant, healthy little boy, Anthony and Kathy the happiest
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 28th 2011 by Penguin Aus (first published March 23rd 2011)
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Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When horse became saw is a sad and insightful look at a couple who's lives are transformed when it's revealed there son Alex has Autism. Written from the view of the Father Anthony, he describe's the first year and a half of his sons life being uneventful with no sign of anything being wrong. But after that Anthony and Kathy began to pick up behavioural and language changes with Alex that over time would get worse and worse. Eventually their worse fears would be realised with the diagnosis of Au ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
It feels heartless to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book, given the subject matter, but I did. Much of this due to Macris' writing style, and his self-analytical without being self-indulgent approach to describing the journey his family takes when his son begins to display symptoms of Autism. Some of it was simply due to the story's setting - I lived in the same suburbs, hung out in the same parks and shopping centres as the Macris' in the time the book was set, and the sense of Sydney's inner-i ...more
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I have read many books on the topic, though not for a while, but it was interesting to read a book from an Australian perspective and as the circumstances of Alex's autisms sounded similar to that of my son's.

The book is about a family's journey for the first three years of their son, Alex's life. Alex for the first year or more did not exhibit any signs of autism, the opposite in fact, which is simislar to my son who talked, played soccer, was sociable etc up unitl a
Jul 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
I found the storyline on the back of the book very interesting, but unfortunately could not really get into the book.
For me personally the book was written a bit too formal, kind of distant and I would have wished it would go more into depth of the feelings that were involved and more about the child’s development as well.
As this is written from a personal experience, the author might’ve deliberately chosen to write it in this formal, more scientific way to be able to cope with it he
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
The author seems to be an entitled prat who is too caught up in how the government should be "fixing" his son with autism.

And while his experience and the experiences of his son are entirely valid, it left the reader with a certain perspective on what autism is, which isn't the reality for a lot of families with autistic family members.
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a good contemporary view of a Sydney family struggling for the best way to help their son with middle class wages and virtually no government help whatsoever. The services out there for people with autism and their families are virtually non-existent in Australia. Anthony remarks at the end of the book that there's more funding now for families than there was when Alex was first diagnosed, but it's still a bleak and lonely place out there with huge waiting lists and little constructive a ...more
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I struggled to stay with this book, not because it was poorly written, but because it was well written. Macris deftly accounts how their son, whom they thought they knew, changed before their eyes. It is a wrenching, almost exhausting, read at times. Hence the struggle. At others, it is uplifting.
There is one poignant moment where Macris describes Kathy, the Mother of their child and his life partner, in her sunglasses. As he shares this we glimpse a love between them that surmounts learning, f
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I found I didn't enjoy the writing style or that over half the book was dedicated to the onset of Autism and how it affected the family rather than their approach. Great background information however dryly written.

Not a light or casual read.
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a really beautiful journey of one family's experience with autism. While it gives great insight, it is only one account and every account can be different.
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too hard to rate! Life for some people is harder than most of us could ever imagine.
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