27 March 2009

Marcelo in the Real World; Francisco X. Stork

Marcelo in the Real World Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

This reads like a good follow-up to both The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and The Speed of Dark - a character on the autism spectrum (here, Marcelo is high-functioning Aspergers), a mystery of sorts (I kept waiting for DennyCrane to appear), and the emergence into the world of the "normal" people.

Marcelo's awareness of his differences from others comes more from his school's training than from anything else, and his "special interests" are, to him, not obsessions. What's sad is that as he grows more aware of, and interacts more with, the real world, some of those wane. His internal music is lost, as is his "remembering" (which he translates roughly into praying). His thoughts, once very clearly black and white, become clouded and even a little emotional. Some of what happens feels like what normally happens as people grow up, just at a later date and perhaps more accelerated pace.

Unlike Curious Incident, but much like Speed of Dark, there's a lot to think about regarding normal vs. abnormal, and where we fit on that spectrum.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow..the more reviews I read of this book, the more I want to read it!

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