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Andrew Solomon's careful research into difference, whether through deafness, dwarfism,autism, criminality and all the other human conditions that he explores, gives the reader insight into the parenting of such children and the experience of the person concerned. Hopefully by understanding difference and diversity in the human condition, enhanced greatly by this book, we can become more tolerant and accepting of the great variety in what makes us human.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
This book is fantastic. Andrew Solomon has such empathy and clarity on the issues addressed in this book, and I worked through this book because of it. A deeply fascinating look at the human condition. However, to Audible, could you please consider inserting chapter titles in very long works like this. It is 31 hrs of listening, with 100 chapters. None of them have titles, so it's basically impossible to dip in and out of this book.
Would you listen to Far From The Tree again? Why?
Yes absolutely. It's a great reminder of what it is to be human!
What did you like best about this story?
I'm only half way through the book but the accounts of the individuals and their families living with 'difference' brings me to tears every time I listen. They are often extraordinary and inspiring and always incredibly emotive.<br/>I feel my eyes are more open to the triumphs and difficulties of people all around me. If a book can lend itself to the fostering of empathy, then this is such a book.
Have you listened to any of Andrew Solomon’s other performances? How does this one compare?
This is the first.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
All of it. I'm not directly connected to any of the challenging scenarios he is describing but so far I've been drawn deeply into each of them.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Andrew Solomon's book is one of the most incredible books I've ever read. The compassion and emotive detail with which he writes allows any reader to identify with and a relate to the extreme and foreign experiences of some of these parent-child relationships.
I listened to an interview he gave in a New Yorker podcast some years ago, which compelled me to buy his book. I am so glad that he chose to narrate this himself- although it takes a little getting used to.
This book improves with each chapter and starts off strong.
It's tough at first but once I had heard a few chapters I found myself craving more and now that I have come to the end I am filled with sadness that there is no more. This book has changed the way I think, a rare and cherishable thing. Solomon's philosophy is beautiful and honest. I so recommend this book to absolutely any and every human being, the world would be a better place if it was read far and widely.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful