April Fool’s Day by Bryce Courtenay – Sam Still Reading
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For the British reader, there might be a slight American glint to Novakovich's Croatia I did spot one "gee" , but take it from this former Booker judge: In this heart-rendingly painful, funny, and controversial book he celebrates his son's life. But he also condemns the medical approach taken towards AIDS, and how he and his family coped with Damon's haemophilia and early death. It is a story of the incredible strength of family love. Read more Read less. Customers who bought this item also bought.
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Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. This is the very poignant account of Damon Courtenay, an Australian boy born with hemophilia who came into young adulthood during the years when HIV was first identified. This is a powerful, compelling account by his father, mother, and girlfriend Celeste of his childhood, young adulthood, and finally his demise. There is is little whitewashing here Damon copes with his illness in an optimistic, pragmatic way that I found inspirational. His parents were tireless advocates for Damon and fought to be able to administer blood transfusions at home to more easily treat the painful "bleeds" Damon experienced.