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This is one of the most intelligent, expansive, and interesting books I have ever listened to - but it is not for everyone. It is very long and some of the topics are distressing, but gripping. I have no children special or otherwise, but I am a retired special ed teacher and have always wondered how people dealt with having a disabled child.
Mr. Solomon does not "talk down" to the reader. He expects his reader to be well-educated and with a good vocabulary. His Ivy League education, intelligence and literacy infuse each page. I'm so glad Mr. Solomon narrated his own book. His voice is a little hard to get used to, but I grew to love the sound of it - and grew to love him as well. Only he could inflect the voices of the people he interviewed. I'm glad I took the time to listen to it instead of reading it. Hearing it made the book great to me. I don't think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much if I had read it. Listening forces you to slow down and hear each word. I am a very fast reader and miss a lot of detail and beauty of language - listening to books has opened up a new world of literature for me, and this non-fiction book is written so beautifully that I'm glad I heard every word.
If you are interested in this subject, have the time to sink yourself deeply into a fascinating new world, I highly recommend this beautiful book.
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If you could sum up Far from the Tree in three words, what would they be?
Eye-opening, poignant, triumphant
What was one of the most memorable moments of Far from the Tree?
The forgiveness of a healthcare worker by parents whose MDS child who died because of a random careless act.
How could the performance have been better?
I believe a different narrator, not the author but a professional actor would elevate the experience of listening.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The question of correcting 'flaws' of nature in lieu of accepting a creature as created by God and by genetics, etc. creates a paradox with mixed feelings and a sense of knowing that either choice can be right or wrong but inevitably is irrevocable.
Any additional comments?
For parents and future parents because you never know if you will be a subject of such a book.
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