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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
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A beautiful read, fascinating and touching.
The point of view is as original as it's clever, with a possible duality, between fantasy and imagination. The narrator, the imaginary friend of a little boy, is an extraordinary character, appealing and incredibly credible. His way of living, like a distressed phantom, and his considerations about existence, are remarquable in a deep and thorough philosophic way.
It was quite an intense read, even if the story is quite straightforward and riveting, with adventures and suspense. Easy to read but very deep, a food for though book.
An other point is outstanding: Max, the little boy who has imagined Budo, our narrator, has autism. The word is never wrote once, not to make mysteries, but because it doesn't matter for Budo. Max is Max, his friend, Budo sees what happens around Max, but doesn't make connections with Max' differences: the reader does, thanks to a brilliant show don't tell narrative.
The story, through Budo's perception, shows with an extraordinary accuracy and faithfulness the realities of being thus different. The manner how people behave around Max, his parents (a very supportive, understanding and lucid mother, a loving but reluctant father, who insists upon his child "normality"), his teacher (an excellent one, whom Maw loves, which makes all the difference), the children at school, who react with indifference, curiosity, acceptation or persecution.
What struck me particularly was the impressive absence of quixotic drift. Max is different, doesn't feel thinks as we do, and doesn't behave as we could predict. He expresses love quite differently too, and all those points make life difficult for him and his relatives. The author clearly knows a lot about autism spectrum and uses his story to explain about what is it to be a eight years old with autism, never using autism to make his story shinier and melodramatic.
I take my hat off to him!
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Reading Progress

July 10, 2018 – Shelved
July 10, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
July 30, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read-in-pal-p-books
October 27, 2018 – Started Reading
October 28, 2018 –
page 114
October 29, 2018 –
page 212
October 30, 2018 –
page 458
October 30, 2018 – Finished Reading
November 15, 2018 – Shelved as: pbook
November 15, 2018 – Shelved as: reviewed
November 15, 2018 – Shelved as: best-ya
November 15, 2018 – Shelved as: characters-in-3d
November 15, 2018 – Shelved as: clever-point-of-view
November 15, 2018 – Shelved as: comprehension-empathy-and-tolerance
November 15, 2018 – Shelved as: family-story
November 15, 2018 – Shelved as: outstanding-readings
November 15, 2018 – Shelved as: personality-does-it
November 15, 2018 – Shelved as: food-for-thought-book

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