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Mark Atwood
Book. The Speed of Dark
I finally read my copy of The Speed of Dark, which has been sitting on my shelf for 16 months. gipsieee read this copy a few weeks ago, and it affected her deeply. It affected me deeply as well, but I cannot presently articulate just how or why.

But as for me, I would not have taken the treatment.

(The book is now part of the house's bookcrossing library.)

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mokie_sassafras From: mokie_sassafras Date: August 1st, 2006 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I read this recently, I was impressed overall with the writing. I wasn't satisfied however with the ending, it wasn't clear to me why he chose to take the treatment.
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: August 1st, 2006 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Because he wanted to know.

To know what it would be like to be 'normal'. To know if he would still be him, without the disease. To know how his feelings would change towards...Marjorie...? It's been a while since I read it. But mostly, I think anyhow, just because he felt that it was the next logical step. He was sick of trying to work around his limitations, and this was just the next way to work around them, to work through them, or to overcome them. What I adored was how the language that his viewpoint used changed significantly after the treatment. Fabulous book.
From: thogek Date: October 17th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Lou's Reasons...

Lou's choice and the ending did seem a little abrupt compared to the thorough treatment of the rest of the story, but I had the impression that the story was more about Lou-before, about his life and thoughts and difficulties, about autism and society, and about what ultimately led up to his choice. Once the choice had been made, the story as such was mostly over.

As for why he chose what he did, I think he went through a process similar to what many of us do for big decisions. He was weighing pros and cons for quite awhile, back and forth, reserving judgement, gathering more information, very unsure of what to do, unless something one of the others said sparked something (almost out of nowhere, compared to what he had been deliberating) that he hadn't thought of himself, and tipped the scales for him. Once that factor was in his head, the decision seemed to be made. (Pattern completed. ;-)
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