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Marcelo In The Real World by Francisco Stark

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Marcelo In The Real World by Francisco Stark

It is the next book for the library discussion group at the end of October. I have borrowed and read this book. I enjoyed it very much. It is much different than my crime novels. I am truly glad I chose something different to read this time.

Asperger's syndrome is the theme of the book. But the book has twists and turns that I never would have imagined myself.

I can't wait till the group discussion. chris emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/28/2013 6:11PM

    Keep us posted

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SANDRALEET 9/28/2013 7:05AM

    Never read it so can not say

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GRNDMOM43 9/27/2013 1:23PM

    emoticon Love to read!

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ARIANERA 9/26/2013 4:29PM

    Glad you enjoyed the book. I did not.

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I've been trying to decide what to say about Marcelo in the Real World and it's hard to articulate. While I can see why people might rave about this book, I just didn't like it and had a hard time finishing it.

Part of my discomfort is because certain characters, particularly Wendell the rival lawyers son, just made me squirm. He was intended to be the antithesis protagonist Marcelo, and perhaps Francisco X. Stork went a bit too far into stereotype. Wendell and his father were not intended to be nice people, but I disliked these characters enough not to want to spend time with them.

Perhaps the other part of my discomfort is that it's hard to write nuanced fiction about people with disabilities. It's even harder for a neurotypical person to capture the autistic experience without being condescending. While perhaps a fairer portrayal than the oft quoted Rain Man, Stork spends just a little bit too long on "I have something like Aspergers, but I don't have Aspergers" and it just doesn't quite ring true to me.

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MARITIMER3 9/26/2013 3:58PM

    Sounds interesting. I have a friend whose two children have Asperger's, and I will mention the book to hum.

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KALIGIRL 9/26/2013 9:20AM

    Here's to keeping the mind exercised!

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DS9KIE 9/25/2013 10:58PM


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2HAMSDIET 9/25/2013 10:45PM

    Thanks for sharing . emoticon

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ALIHIKES 9/25/2013 10:20PM

    Thanks for the suggestion, I will read the book

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ARTJAC 9/25/2013 6:14PM


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DSBRIDE 9/25/2013 4:39PM

    I love to read, mostly crime novels. Also medical ones. It passes the time. Right now since the weather turned chilly, I took up my quilting again. I didn't know how much I missed it!

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SUSIEPH1 9/25/2013 4:36PM

    emoticon Another thing we have in common my friend !.
I love books too, mostly Crime, but will read anything!
Hope you are well ?
Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATHARINE1948 9/25/2013 4:25PM



reading helps one to keep from getting dementia

is it a thriller ??? or suspense ???

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