April Fool's Day

April Fool's Day

A Modern Love Story

Book - 1993
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The internationally acclaimed author of The Power of One tells his most powerful and passionate story yet--the true story of his son's life and death from AIDS at the age of 25. Bryce Courtenay has left a lasting memoir to his son, one which thousands have already embraced.--Vancouver Sun.
Publisher: [Toronto] : William Heinemann Canada, c1993
ISBN: 9780433397106
Characteristics: xii, 449 p. : ill.


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May 02, 2013

I read this book after seeing Bryce Courtenay on The Bottom Line on channel nine. The interviewer asked him that of all his books, what would he have people read? He said April Fools Day and Four Fires.

This was the first of his books I've read, and it's a beautiful writing style. It's very accessible - it is such an easy read. It's ultimately a sad story, but so much emphasis is placed on Damon's personality and how he never felt sorry for himself, that the reader doesn't feel sorry for him either.

I especially loved the chapters written by Celeste and by Benita. Benita's bitterness gave the story so much credibility.

All in all, it was a great read.

Feb 15, 2012

Started Wed Feb 15, 2012. Already on page 25 this morning after finishing "Rebecca" by Daphne Du Maurier. Not sure if I wanted to read this right now as it looks like a tear jerker. I had read a similar story about a son with haemophilia by Robert and Susan Massie a couple of years ago, and it was quite an emotional journey so.....but I started this and am falling in love with Courtenay's writing style. Also interested in learning a little more about him, as the "Power of One" was loosely based on his childhood. This starts out very powerfully, and very beautifully. Thurs Feb 16, 10:30 pm. Page 133. This is not sad at all...the girlfriend is narrating...a very unusual life.....a very unusual love story. A page turner. Sat. Feb 18/12. On page 287. Getting to the nitty gritty AIDS part. Sad but not tear jerky sad. A real eye opener about dealing with AIDS, and some of the wonderful people out there who are nursing AIDS patients. I find this reading very much more like a novel than a biography. Bryce, you have captivated me again. Interesting that he was writing "Power of One" at the time that Damon started getting sick.....well I guess after dealing with the haemophilia for so long......anyway, amazing characters......amazing life story. Monday Feb 20, 8:30pm...just finished.....a wonderful ending. How did he find the courage to write this book?...so soon after? Well I guess when it's your son's last request, then you do what you have to. Anyway, this was a life book for me....which means I'll be thinking about it for many years to come. Thanks Bryce.

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