Torin/Darren WhoEver (wolfieboy) wrote,
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Powerful stories

A friend of cindygerb and mine told us that we have to read Elizabeth Moon's The Speed of Dark. The summary from the back says:
The Speed of Dark is a gripping exploration into the world of Lou Arrendale, an autistic man who is offered a chance to try an experimental "cure" for his condition. Now Lou must decide if he should submit to a surgery that may change the way he views the world—and the very essence of who he is.
It's told from the viewpoint of Lou and is very compelling and empathic1. This is understandable since Elizabeth Moon is raising her autistic son, so she has much experience to draw from.

So, the problem comes in when I find myself not wanting to read the book. I read a bit more but I've stopped at page 26. I'm a good reader, so that's not that much. I try to find out why I'm reluctant and I think it's due to it feeling similar to Flowers for Algernon. That was a very powerful story and it affected me deeply. I suspect that the similarity between the narrators who both have alternate ways of relating to the world is the strong connection that I'm making. I'm not at a point in myself where I have the energy to deal with another story similar to Flowers for Algernon, no matter how good the story is and no matter how relevant it is.

Cindy was powerfully affected by Flowers for Algernon but in a different way and therefore is going to read The Speed of Dark first. She'll let me know a bit of what to expect.

I'm relating this because I found it very interesting how strongly this is affecting me.

1. I'm not sure what word to use here that would mean that the books draws you into the world so that you share it rather than read it and empathic seems to fit.
Tags: books, brain chewing
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