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So sad and tragic, be prepared for lots of crying.

At the end I was a balling mess. Trivia About April Fool’s Day. Why I read it: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Damon was mistreated by nurses who mistakenly thought that Dday equals gay. This book took me through many emotions, including sadness, but it was also an inspiration in so many ways. Wowee this book has taught me so much about something that I feel should be common knowledge.

April Fool’s Day

An admittedly poignant story told in a very bloated fashion. There is truly no other words to describe it expect that it is a must read novel that will change how you see life.

There were so many obstacles: Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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If you believe in serendipity you might find something symbolic in Bryce Courtenay’s death coinciding with the bi-centenary of the birth of Charles Dickens; I just hope they’re happy swapping stories, wherever they are.

I cried quite a bit and laughed as well. You can’t help but feel for this family and indirectly the other thousands of families that have been through a similar journey. One reviewer I read wrote: It is a sad tale, written in memory of Damon, to be an expose on the lacking state of the medical system in Australia at the time.


I am drained – both emotionally and physically after completing this memoir. How did these parents continue to find their needed strength both physically and emotionally? Elaine Harris recalls the encounters she was lucky enough to have with him, couetenay the impression he made on her as a writer.

His strength dealing with life as a aprio hemophiliac was inspiring. There may well have been anger smouldering beneath that warm-hearted, bereaved exterior brycee it was turned into a double plea rather than a courtemay condemnation: This book, written by Bryce Courtney, is unusual because it is a non-fiction book.

And Bryce Courtenay succeeds to bring it both from the point of view of the family and of the ill person. Damon was a brave battler and his strength while living through chronic pain, bleeding and countless infections is to be commended.

It was a somewhat isolated community and I grew up among farm folk and the African people. Definitely recommend it a heart felt read of the love a father has for his sons final wish on his life.

Bryce Courtenay: a brief encounter

Aug 29, Suzanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Damon died in a time when you were expected to wear gowns, gloves and masks when entering the room of someone with AIDS You will laugh, you will cry and you will scream at too many in the medical couretnay who made things terrible for Damon at various points in his life, from babyhood all the way up to his death.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The amount of medical malpractice they went through is infuriating and saddening. His girlfriend was his rock and most vocal advocate as he neared his death. It was lovely fools read the foos from Celeste and her life post-Damon. January Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Can I have in audio form please? Feb 17, Sarah Newton rated it it was amazing. It was also the reason for our one and only meeting, though I was lucky to interview him on two subsequent occasions.

I loved it xx. The book starts with his death, so there is no surprise at the outcome. It is a hard book, but I believe it is the best book to allow somewhat to understand what a terminal ill person goes through. By the time I finished reading I had a fresh understanding and sympathy for my friend’s son, for all that he suffers and for how bravely he endures. A labour of love and breathtaking tribute. Really wish it was a work of fiction.


How did these parents continue to find their needed strength both physicall I am drained – both emotionally and physically after completing this memoir. The book is a challenge to greater understanding and compassion for brcye suffering with AIDS.

And love and dedication play a big role in terminal illness, and they helped the Mighty Damon in almost impossible states, not leaving him for a moment, even when it seems impossible to continue.

byce When he is in his late teens he meets Celeste, another teenager and the love that grows between them is one you just don’t hear about. View all 3 comments. April is Australian Literature Month! I am sure it was cathartic for the family to write it, but it is very depressing.

Unfortunately the subject matter is very sad about Bryce’s youngest sone being born a haemaphiliac which is a blood problem, primarily his blood does not clot as is normal. Damon Courtenay had apparently wanted to write the book himself but was unable to do so; knowing his famous father was an established author, he asked Bryce to take up the baton and to fill the book with love; love, he felt, was the key to increased tolerance, greater acceptance and improved treatment in every sense of the word.