April Fool's Day

April Fool s Day Damon Courtenay died on the morning of April Fool s Day In this tribute to his son Bryce Courtenay lays bare the suffering behind this young man s life Damon s story is one of lifelong struggle his

  • Title: April Fool's Day
  • Author: Bryce Courtenay
  • ISBN: 9780143566564
  • Page: 451
  • Format: None
  • Damon Courtenay died on the morning of April Fool s Day In this tribute to his son, Bryce Courtenay lays bare the suffering behind this young man s life Damon s story is one of lifelong struggle, his love for Celeste, the compassion of family, and a fight to the end for integrity.A testimony to the power of love, April Fool s Day is also about understanding how when weDamon Courtenay died on the morning of April Fool s Day In this tribute to his son, Bryce Courtenay lays bare the suffering behind this young man s life Damon s story is one of lifelong struggle, his love for Celeste, the compassion of family, and a fight to the end for integrity.A testimony to the power of love, April Fool s Day is also about understanding how when we confront our worst, we can become our best.

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    1. Wow! I know my eyes are still red from crying as I finished this book this morning before heading to work. Obviously that was not a good choice but what do you do? This is a book so full of courage and love that my words won't do it justice. Bryce Courtenay writes his son's story of growing up as a haemophiliac who acquires AIDS from a blood transfusion during the time when AIDS was just hitting the news in the states. Damon grew up in Australia so no one really new what it was all about until i [...]

    2. I wasn't writing reviews when I read this. I was blown away by Mr Courtenay's story, the first and only I've read this far. And Damon's. I really loved this book. A relative was one of the first to die of HIV/Aids here and I just hated to see the prejudice (in the story as I was too young to know what was going on around me). I ached for the Courtenay family.

    3. ‘Trust Damon to die on April Fool’s Day.’Damon Courtenay was born on 4 November 1966, and died on 1 April 1991. This is his story, written by his father and published in 1993. Damon was the third son of Bryce and Benita Courtenay and was born with classic haemophilia. ‘Its not a disease, so you must put the idea of a cure from your minds immediately. Haemophilia is caused by a factor missing in your child’s blood, the ingredient which causes it to clot.’‘It’s not something we can [...]

    4. I actually read this book about 25 years ago but it is a book that will never leave me.I still temember the absolute power of the book and my utter devaststion when I finished reading. it took me on such a rollercoaster ride and made me realise another side of life that I was fortunate to not have encountered. It was probably part of the reason that I now value my family so much because you never know what is going to happen in the future. If you want to read a book about compassion, devotion an [...]

    5. This book is overly long and tedious in its level of detail. I understand that it is an attempt to make sense of the death of a greatly loved son, but 639 pages filled at times with the minutiae of serious illness does become a challenge to finish. It is also somewhat dated now, but does serve to show us how things have changed in both attitudes to, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Hopefully for the better. (This review is of course not meant in any way to belittle what the family went through, and my [...]

    6. I am drained - both emotionally and physically after completing this memoir. This was a long read for me and an incredibly arduous yet loving journey for the marvelous family of Damon Courtenay. To have a son born a hemophiliac is beyond daunting. I had no idea about all of the spontaneous bleeds of a hemophiliac nor the resulting physical deterioration in the body. The "mother" part of me reading this book wept openly. How did these parents continue to find their needed strength both physically [...]

    7. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay is one of my favorite books of all time, but since he's not big in the U.S it's difficult to find other books by him. I found April Fool's Day in a used book store, and was excited to read it.This was a great book, but not in the traditional sense. It's got the same great story-telling feel that Power of One had, but it's completely different because this is the true story of his son Damon's struggle with haemophilia. To stop his "bleeds" he needed regular blo [...]

    8. Wow, wow, and ouch ouch ouch. This book is full of pain, it is heart wrenching. It is the story of Bryce Courtenay's son, Damon, that died at the age of 24, after 24 tough years. Damon was a hemophiliac, and to say the truth, I found out that I know almost nothing about hemophilia. What is a bleeding (well, you can't even see the blood), how it is treated (several blood transfusions every week), how limited is a child with hemophilia, and what are the "longer" affects on the body, that is deteri [...]

    9. Damon was dead. The book starts with his death, so there is no surprise at the outcome. This is the story of Damon Courtney, a hemopheliac who contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion and died at age 24. It is beautifully and sensitively told by his father, one of Australia's best known writers, his girlfriend Crystal, and his mother. I learned more about hemophelia and AIDS than I ever knew and at the end I was sobbing at Damon's death. This isn't a book you actually "enjoy" but it is an import [...]

    10. An admittedly poignant story told in a very bloated fashion. I found myself skipping a lot of digressions and trivia. This is not of course a commentary on the life, pain and experiences the family went through, which are touching in an exceptional way. The amount of medical malpractice they went through is infuriating and saddening. For myself, I simply prefer more conciseness and deliberate focus when it comes to carving a path or a perspective through a story. Depositing everything into a hug [...]

    11. April Fool's Day is the incredibly moving story of a young man's life cut short by AIDS and the true & pure love for a young woman that will inspire you to live every day to its fullest and love like there is no tomorrow. There is truly no other words to describe it expect that it is a must read novel that will change how you see life. "The lovely smiling image I have of Damon will remind me that Love is an energy-it can neither be created or destroyed. It just is and always will be, giving [...]

    12. After having an allergy misdiagnosed as Asthma when I was a child, I avoided doctors as much as I could. I had been prodded with various needles for 4 years and was sick of being sick. The idea of donating blood after all that was not something I felt like volunteering for Until I read this book. Mr Courtenay didn't pull any punches when it came to describing his own part in the story, which made it all the more powerful. I've been donating blood for the past couple of years now, and will contin [...]

    13. I'm not close to done but felt compelled to say wow! Now that's I've finished it still wow! Definitely an inspiring story of love and devotion under impossible circumstances. I also enjoyed the Australian "flavor" (for lack of a better word). If anyone in SD is interested in this, the Central library branch has a copy. It'll be back there within the week, after I turn it in.

    14. An extremely moving book about love, friendship, support, ignorance and prejudices. The death of a son from aids.

    15. This book, written by Bryce Courtney, is unusual because it is a non-fiction book. Sadly it is a true story about his young son who developed AID’s as a result of an infected blood transfusion, which he received because of his hemophiliac disease. The story is set in Australia, his native home. The narrative is told from different perspectivesBryce, the father, the mother, the victim Damon and his girlfriend, Celeste. Each adds their own voice to the unfolding of this deadly disease.It is a sa [...]

    16. Having enjoyed many of Bryce Courtenay's books I simply read this one without knowing anything about the plot. It is hard to critique a book that is really an invitation into the life of the Courtenay family as they share the struggles of their son, Damon, a haemophiliac who later develops AIDS as a result of a blood transfusion. I felt privileged to be brought into the journey as Bryce, (and other family members), shared their joys, sorrows, triumphs and griefs in the midst of a very difficult [...]

    17. A deeply personal story from a stellar writing talent. An insight into the harrowing experiences of the Courtenay family around the life and death of son, Damon, who, while receiving blood transfusion to manage haemophilia, contracts HIV. Courtenay describes Damon's journey, couched in the unwaivering love and support of his partner, Celeste, his family, and friends. A labour of love and breathtaking tribute.

    18. No other book as made me want to write to author! This book made me want to do that! I read this book in almost one sitting. You know from the beginning that his son has past on, but I was laughing and crying all the way through. At the end I was a balling mess. This is a true story of the authors son who son contracted HIV+ through a blood transfusion, in the early day of the virus. Please please read this book, if you read nothing else of Bryce Courtney.

    19. I think I've written enough reviews about Bryce Courtenay to give a fairly obvious impression of what I think of him. However, my vague recollections seem to tell me that this one was a little different: more genuine, perhaps. Still sloppily sentimental and with the tendency to romanticise characters, but what Courtenay does have in buckets is compassion, and he uses it liberally here. It's as sad a tale as any and you can't help but feel sorry for the guy.

    20. This is my all time favourite book!I read it after having lived in Australia so the context of the narrative was alive to me. A truly moving account as told by the father of a haemophiliac son in the days when the world was first experiencing the Aids epidemic. This is a beautiful story of love, family and never ending faith in humanity. Unfortunately a really difficult book to get hold of now or I'd buy it for all my friends as a must read!

    21. This book is incredible. So sad and tragic, be prepared for lots of crying. Learned so much about blood and illness. Really wish it was a work of fiction

    22. When I bought this book, I didn't actually know what the book was about. All I knew from reading the blurb that the book was about Bryce Courtenay's son who tragically died. I had no idea how he died - I assumed that died naturally and I thought that this book would be dedicated to him as a fictional story. As Bryce Courtenay is such a great author, I was looking forward to this fictional story about April Fool's Day. But little did I know that Courtenay's son, Damon was a Haemophilic (I didn't [...]

    23. It felt like a long book. I think it was to the detriment of the book that it was written in such a detached style. It felt like there was little emotion coming through the pages, and there was no connection to make you root for Damen, even though you know how it ends. That lack of connection makes you start waiting for him to be dead as you read. By the middle of the book I was asking and asking äre we there yet? is he dead yet? when he was it was a relief. For a story such as Damon's, Someone [...]

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