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Learning about foools way AIDS kills was horrific. I have no provenance other than that quoted above by the author himself. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. My friend Steve nearly died inbut then new drugs came along and now Steve and countless others are living with AIDS rather than dying from it.
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I really loved this book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Depositing everything into a hug An admittedly poignant story told in a very bloated fashion. Heart wrenching, but so so important. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Courtney at his most honest and his best.
April Fool’s Day
The intensity of the subject often makes it hard to read. I cried quite a bit and laughed as well. Open Preview See a Problem? Why I read it: I loved the author, his family, dedicated girl-friend and the good people professional and friends who worked with such dedication to help the authors son.
It was also the reason for our one and only meeting, though I was lucky to interview him on two subsequent occasions. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who is very sensitive as the story is very honest and the effects of the diseases were disturbing.
Bryce Courtenay: a brief encounter
April is Australian Literature Month! Bruce Fool’s Day has never been my favourite date on the calendar, perhaps because practical jokes have rarely held any appeal; maybe, just maybe Bryce Courtenay felt the same. One, to read about diseases, hospitals, doctors and treatments from the patient and family point of view was an eye opener.
I am drained – both emotionally and physically after completing this memoir. I found this book moving and upsetting. 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” Cohrtenay experienced.
April Fool’s Day by Bryce Courtenay – Penguin Books Australia
It was infuriating as a reader to read about it. Each day as I sat down to write I would have to open the wound again, and frankly, it hurt like hell Bryce, the father, the mother, the victim Damon and his girlfriend, Celeste. This isn’t a book you actually “enjoy” but it is an important book. I so enjoyed reading this book So very sad it was a true story. While studying journalism, I met a wonderful Australian girl. I am sure it was cathartic for the family to write it, but it is very depressing.
Each adds their own voice to the unfolding of this deadly disease.
I understand that it is an attempt to make sense of bruce death of a greatly loved son, but pages filled at times with the minutiae of serious illness does become a challenge to finish. Bryce Courtenay writes his son’s story of growing up as a haemophiliac who acquires AIDS from a blood transfusion during the time when AIDS was just hitting the news in the states.
Jul 13, Joanne rated it it was amazing. It is beautifully and sensitively told by his father, one of Australia’s best known writers, his girlfriend Crystal, and his mother. This is a powerful, compelling account by his father, mother, and girlfriend Celeste of his childhood, brycd adulthood, and finally his demise.
In retrospect Bryce Courtenay reveals quite a lot about himself and his family in ‘April Fool’s Day’ – which I cannot recommend highly enough, though with no vested interested. This review is of course not meant in any xpril to belittle what the family went through, and my admiration for people who are prepared to share such intimate details of their personal lives Damon Courtenay may have lived a brief life, but one consequence of it is, as I discovered, a perpetual trust fund the Damon Courtenay Memorial Endowment Fund administered by the Haemophilia Fund Australia which provides grants that can be used for the care, treatment, education and welfare for people with bleeding disorders curtenay or their families.
Learned so much about blood and illness. This isn’t a book you actually “enjoy” but it is an import Damon was dead. I decided to listen to the audiobook. Jul 01, Amanda Jane rated it it was amazing. But of course the book was written first and foremost as the fulfillment of a promise and secondly as a necessary act of memory for the author.
The writing compels you to keep turning the pages.
It is no longer the automatic death sentence it once was. He attempted to write this book himself but did not have much success.