The Boy Who Fell To Earth
- The Boy Who Fell To Earth
- 336 pages
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Aug 26, 2019
Aug 26, 2019
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Reading this book is like being cornered and repeatedly splattered with paint balls! The one liners are RELENTLESS. Oh for an assertive editor!I waited patiently on a long list of library requests to read this and was bewildered and disappointed. Great subject - dealing with an autistic child but what strange execution. I have worked with Autistic young adults for a decade and they do not let out this stream of thoughts and ideas like Merlin does. They usually quietly struggle to interpret and f [...]
The Boy Who Fell To Earth is the thirteenth novel by Australian author, Kathy Lette. Lucy’s marriage to Jeremy is perfect: he’s rich, intelligent and attractive; she’s witty, funny and attractive. But when their son Merlin is diagnosed, at the age of three years, as autistic, Jeremy runs off with his lover, a buxom TV chef, and the divorce is poisonous. Lucy is left, financially disadvantaged, to raise her special needs boy with minimal support.This may all sound very depressing, except th [...]
Very disappointed, unfortunately (and I don't say that too often, do I?). The focus of the book settled on the mother's struggle, rather than the son's condition (the son was diagnosed with Asperger's). Of course I understood her problems, but she lacked my sympathy. She was incapable of responding to others normally, every aside and response was ironic and sarcastic (albeit sometimes amusing). Her snark was exaggerated. The education authority's inability to pick up the boy's condition was rema [...]
When I first heard about this book, I had high hopes for it, as I have a daughter with high-functioning Asperger's. Though admittedly Kathy Lette's novels have never really interested me much - not my sort of reading choice. I wish I had followed my first impression of her work rather than give this a chance, unfortunately.The story follows Lucy, the single mother of Asperboy Merlin. It traces their abandonment by Merlin's natural father and Lucy's exploits, or should I say 'sexploits' in her at [...]
As a mom of an 8 year old boy on the autistic spectrum, I could really relate to Lucy's constant anxiety about her son and how the rest of her life takes a back seat to being there for him. It also gave me insight as to what I am in for during his teenage years. Coincidentally, I am also an English teacher, like Lucy, so I related even more. Some readers said they felt she focused too much on how Merlin's condition affected her life but if you have never been there you cannot fathom how it reall [...]
There's a line somewhere in the fourth chapter that sums up this authors writing style perfectly: words streamed out of him like traffic, a collision of stories and tangential, lateral lunacy. I hated this book. The author writes like she's hypermanic. Each and every paragraph is jammed full of so many glib one liners, analogies and metaphors that it begins to lose all meaning. There were moments that I had to stop and ask myself what the fuck she was even talking about. The main character is so [...]
Didn't actually finish it. Even though we were reading it for book club. Hated the style. Couldn't get passed the many awkward similes in the first chapter. It irked and irritated me too much. Just not my thing.
My Thoughts: I could write reams on why I enjoyed this book and there is so much that the blurb doesn’t tell you about the highs and lows of life with an autistic child as Lucy tries to raise her child and stay sane; and author Lucy Lette should know as her 21-year-old son, Julius, was diagnoses as having Asperger’s (high-functioning autism) when he was a toddler. In an interview Kathy said there is a lot of Julius in Merlin but the book is fiction and not a memoir. In amongst the hilarious [...]
There is no question in my mind that Puberty Blues by Kathy Lette is an important piece of modern Australian literature. And I did laugh out loud when I read Foetal Attraction and Mad Cows. I probably smiled during Dead Sexy and How to Kill Your Husband but I honestly can’t remember. After reading Lette’s latest release, The Boy Who Fell to Earth, I have resolved to leave Lette out of my reading future (re-readings of Puberty Blues excepted). You see, the problem is I’ve heard the jokes be [...]
I struggled between 2 and 3 stars for this book, and I’m sorry to say I didn’t really enjoy it though the basis of the plot was good!The problem I had with it was the story centred around Lucy, Merlin’s mother, and her struggles to get herself a man, her hatred of her ex-husband, who deserted Merlin and Lucy when Merlin’s diagnosis was announced.d men in general, plus the continual sarcastic jokes, whatever the situation. The one-liners got a bit tedious after awhile. I felt extremely so [...]
Make no mistake, this is chick-lit. This is a Kathy Lette book. Folks expecting a deep analysis on life as the mother of a child with autism written by someone who knows will be disappointed. That is not to say that the book has no substance at all; the frustrations of being a parent of an autistic child are made plain but in some ways only scratch the surface. The truth would be too painful and that wouldn't be any fun to read! Kathy Lette's style of amusing one-liners run through the book whic [...]
At first I thought this sounded like a witty recounting of a mother of a boy on the autism spectrum. As it continued, though, the laugh-a-minute one liners started to grate (it turns out more is not always better…), as did the speech attributions of “he punned…”, “she joked…”, “they bantered…” etc, as did her recounting of her sexual exploits interspersed with her antipathy toward men. When her antipathy turned into adoration, things took even more of a downward slide.I did e [...]
A complete waste of time.I think Kathy Lette has used up every one liner she can possibly think of when writing this book.The book attempts to show a mother who will do anything to protect her son from harm, yet gives him his own key to the house, lets him walk to and from school in which he constantly gets picked on and beaten up and a whole heap of other nonsense that contradicts the main focus of the book.Kathy Lette's over sarcastic quips mixed with a boy suffering with Asperger's doesn't qu [...]
Kathy Lette is known for her scandalous and hilarious chick lit, but turned her gaze toward the story of a mother raising a child on the autism spectrum - something she personally discusses in her own experiences with her son.So while I was expecting the Lette humour, I was keen to know the insights she could provide - along with her trademark humour and accessibility, which would be a welcome break from many stories where a young person on the spectrum is just thrown in to make the story seem e [...]
I hated this book, from the pathetic beginning to the tedious end. I literally despised everynglearacter in this godawful book, from the desperate, witless, pathetic Lucy, the misogynist, vulgar Alfie, Jeremy the prat Oh and everyone else, even Merlin made me want to bang my own head off the ground!! Seriously, what is with the authors need to make every damn sentence into a comedy sketch?! None of it was funny, it was a frustrating and desperate read and lacked amusement! Is this what people th [...]
this is pure shit Kathy take it back
I have read various reviews of this book and you can really tell who has experienced autism close up.I think Kathy really gives an open and honest account of what it is to be a parent dealing with a child with autism.Sometimes you have to make light of situations to manage and I felt that she balanced this nicely with the more serious side of things. Well done!
Full of ableist jokes, a woman who shouldn't be a mother to anyone, and a stuck-up family who'll pay to get rid of an autistic child, The Boy Who Fell to Earth has to be one of the worst books I've ever read. We start off with Lucy telling her son right to his face that she wishes she never gave birth to him, then watches as he runs out onto the road and gets struck down by a car. You'd think this is the worst thing that could happen in the book, but you'd be wrong. Every character is shallow an [...]
Kathy Lette writes from experience. Like her own child, Merlin is Lucy’s intelligent and autistic son. He can rattle of cricket scores from every match over the past twenty years but can’t remember how to dress himself. With Merlin’s father fleeing from the family home not long after the diagnosis, Lucy is left to raise Merlin on her own and Merlin becomes the only man that Lucy has room for in her life. Written with the quick wit you would expect from Lette. Despite not being a factual re [...]
Lette writes a timely, some would say cynical, story about a woman with an apparently autistic boy. The boy starts out as profoundly autistic, downgrades to mere Asperger's syndrome by adolescence, and by adulthood is simply a prat. Inbetween, in the other 80% of the novel, the woman goes through a series of relationships, before settling on the type of completely repellent Australian that features in all of Lette's novels.
Fabulous story. Full of humour; a human interest subject that will warm your heart and inspire your soul but not sentimental. Thoroughly recommended to those who are interested in relationships and those of us who can relate to non-conformist social behaviour.
cheesy, cheese with cheese. Once I stopped cringing at all the meno tragic sex jokes the underlying story was ok.
I've never been a big fan of Kathy Lette as an author. Apart from Puberty Blues, I have never managed to finish one of her books. I read this on the recommendation of a friend who has a young child with high functioning Autism. I mention this because it did colour the way I read the book.I don't have a child with special needs. I have taught children with a variety of special needs - either physical, intellectual of behavioural. I have many friends who have children with autism, ranging from you [...]
Deserted by her well-to-do husband Jeremy shortly after the birth of their son Merlin, diagnosed as autistic, Lucy has to battle on alone caring for Merlin while trying to hold down her job as an English teacher. When Merlin is in his teens Archie turns up on Lucy's doorstep - he's come to stay. An ageing Australian rocker the complete opposite of the refined Jeremy Archie is a mixed blessing, lazy and uncouth Lucy wants shot of him, but he seems to be able to work magic with Merlin, and maybe h [...]
This book joins the Fifty Shades Trilogy in being awarded one star (and both of them only get that because What Hannah Read doesn’t have a zero star rating). I wondered whether that was perhaps too harsh, but I honestly can’t think of a single thing to recommend it. Admittedly, this book is way more “chick lit” than my usual choice of reading material, but I gave it a try anyway – partly because I try to keep an open mind about genre (especially as “chick lit” is such a dismissive [...]
story was ok but nearly every sentence contained a simile, could have cut the book in half.when her son is born with autism her wealthy husband leaves her and shacks up with a "nigella lawson". she takes on her cousins ex partner from Tasmania who is a rough diamond but he has a way with her son and helps her through it all. When she forms a loving relationship with the Tassy devil her husband who has been dumped turns up and persuades her to dump him and take him back. She does but her boy leav [...]
An annoying book, I felt. The plot was great and compelling. I wanted to know how things turned out so I kept on reading it. The characters were well drawn albeit a bit cliched. What I found really irritating was the continuous sarcastic dialogue. No-one actually spoke in what I'd call a normal way, they were all making nasty comparisons, witty metaphors and so on. I found it very hard to read. I think it was supposed to be funny and it would possibly have been if only one character had done it, [...]
I enjoyed this but I really don't think Kathy Lette actually 'writes'. Instead she puts together hillarious one-liner after hillarious one-liner. Seriously - its a laugh a sentence. Considering the topic is a 'serious' one (having an Autistic child) I'm not sure that its appropriate to treat every part of it with irreverant humour - but maybe thats what keeps everyone sane in this sort of situation. Not one of her best - but well worth the read.
Its punchy - it's Kathy Lette - exhausted, cynical single mum struggling to bring up an Aspergers son. The men are all bastards, the women are (mainly) supportive; the UK Educational system needs a swift kick up the rear end; its contemporary, funny, poignant. A good read.
Kathy Lette has a son with aspergers- so she writes this book with a special insight. I could identify with certain quirks that Merlin has- writing endless cricket scores for example. It was a good read- but not my favourite of her books.