This gripping memoir is an homage to resiliency, strength and courage. It is written by Paul Guest, now 27, who had a cataclysmic accident when he was 12-years-old. While riding his teacher’s old 10-speed bicycle, which had no brakes, he crashed and broke his neck. Since that day he has been confined to a wheelchair, a quadriplegic.
I did not want to read this book particularly. I wanted to read the author. Padgett Powell who was, a few years ago, considered by Saul Bellow to be вЂњat the topвЂќ of the list of younger best American writers. I wanted to read him. But not this book. I mean, really, who wants to read a book, even a small book like this one (164 pages), where every sentence ends in a question mark?
LITTLE BIRD OF HEAVEN is inimitably Oates. It has all her signatures – -the stylization of her writing, the focus on family narrative as destiny, and the mixture of pain and love. The stylized writing in this book is more pronounced than in some of her others. She repeats some things multiple times for emphasis and for varied affect. Initially, this bothered me but as the book progressed, I was so caught up in the narrative that nothing could deter me from wanting to turn to the next page.
September 15, 2009
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