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Immortal Bird by Doron Weber
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Jan 23, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: ala-2012
Read from January 28 to 31, 2012 — I own a copy

Because I needed another reason to hate hospitals and doctors. This father devoted his life to making sure the doctors were doing what they needed to do, and he had the money and connections to make these things happen (for the most part), and still lost his son due to negligence. Which begs the question, how many people have died because their families haven't had the money or connections or intelligence or time this father had? The thing that stood out most strongly for me in this book was that breakdown of the healthcare systems we're encouraged to trust.
But as such...most of the rest of the book seemed superfluous. There were a few beautiful scenes with Damon, and I'm glad to have read them (especially Damon risking being seen by his friends to cuddle with his dad in the snow), but I struggled through this book until just before the heart transplant. I realize the importance of getting to know Damon in order to make us realize just how unjust his death is, but I still think some judicious cuts could have been made for publication. I can see how all of this would have been necessary to the dad--clearly this book was cathartic and part of the healing process for him--but I agree with other reviewers that this almost would be a better book to keep among the family, and a version submitted for publication should have been much more concise.
Man, sometimes being honest with my reviews makes me feel like a bad person.
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Sara Solomon I completely agreed with your post.

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