Loving April

Loving April Someone mad was screaming at them from the upstairs window of a house next to the station It was a girl Oh that s April Don t mind her deaf and dumb see Abandoned by his father to a life of poverty

  • Title: Loving April
  • Author: Melvin Burgess
  • ISBN: 9780140369830
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • Someone mad was screaming at them from the upstairs window of a house next to the station It was a girl Oh, that s April Don t mind her deaf and dumb, see Abandoned by his father to a life of poverty, Tony is angry with everyone, and desperately lonely April Dean, the deaf girl, needs friends too But their growing relationship arouses deep prejudices which threaSomeone mad was screaming at them from the upstairs window of a house next to the station It was a girl Oh, that s April Don t mind her deaf and dumb, see Abandoned by his father to a life of poverty, Tony is angry with everyone, and desperately lonely April Dean, the deaf girl, needs friends too But their growing relationship arouses deep prejudices which threaten to engulf not only Tony and April but also the whole village This moving and powerful love story is about two very different people, worlds apart.

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    1. I found this at a second hand shop yesterday and was so excited because I used to ADORE it as a teen - it seemed so terribly tragic and grown-up and exciting. I thought it would not hold up well on reading it again as an adult, but was pleasantly surprised. The only thing that was a bit weird about it was that it was supposed to be set in 1925 and it TOTALLY did not evoke that era for me, possibly because there were very few descriptions of clothes or cars and so forth, and the dialogue seemed q [...]

    2. I read this book once before - but I haven't really pay attention to it - Than I re-read it and man is this story sad- It's set back in time - around 1925.April is a special young woman - she cannot hear and has a vocabulary of 5 year old so she cannot speak either. Tony and his mother were once well off living with Tony's father - he leaves them for his new lover and so they are forced to move to the same town that April lives in - they accept her help with the household chores in exchange for [...]

    3. I'll tell ya what, Melvin Burgess does dark so well. He doesn't pull any punches and makes sure you know how horrible things are for the characters before any resolutions start. And it just keeps getting worse for them until the second last page and even then it's only a "well at last there is hope for at least one of the characters". It leaves a lot hanging but surprisingly this didn't annoy me too much, it just made me think of the possibilities. Ambiguous ending done right.Though through all [...]

    4. Non ho ben capito il senso di questo libro (che anche se per ragazzi, un senso dovrebbe comunque averlo);Vuole insegnarmi che anche nelle difficoltà bisogna essere in grado di rialzarsi e farcela con le proprie forze?No, perché (view spoiler)[ Tony e la madre, dopo aver ribadito fin dall'inizio di potersela cavare senza l'aiuto del padre/marito, alla fine del libro tornano a casa proprio con lui(hide spoiler)].Vuole farmi intendere che una disabilità fisica non definisce una persona?No, perch [...]

    5. There were parts of this book that I loved rather than just liked, and there were times when I thought I might give it four stars. I didn't because it falls short in a few places; I'd have liked to see more of April's relationship with her friend Jenny, for example, and it seems to end rather too quickly after all the fantastic build-up. It needed more of a climax, with more jeopardy, and a greater effort from the characters to deal with it. The characters are not one-dimensional, but in the cas [...]

    6. This book was a quick read. Melvin Burgess, thank you for this one. This is simply a lovely piece of art. ------------------------------Looking down at cripples, things we are ready to do for comfortable love, adultery, even rape All this problems of human race were so well shown and described in this book. Even though the story takes a place somewhere around year 1925 it can still show our society- eliminating people that don't meet our expectations, rarity of true love between two and doing ev [...]

    7. Entrada en el diario 1 de Faedyl desde City Bell, Buenos Aires Province Argentina en sábado, 15 de agosto de 20098 de 10Me gustó este libro en particular porque te muestra no sólo el sufrimiento (al que todos de alguna forma podemos conocer) sino la superación. Me sorprendió el final, gratamente. Es un libro pensado para adolescentes, esta bien escrito y sin falso sentimentalismo.He pensado que sería bueno que lo leyeran en el grupo de BC para poder opinar sobre él, ya que me gustaría q [...]

    8. Loving April deals with important issues such as mistreatment towards the disabled. April is an example of an unfortunate individual who has to suffer for her condition, which she never asked for. She is misunderstood and looked down on just because she is different.More here: booksloveme/2011/01/lo

    9. Aprile è il nome più crudeleChe romanzo complesso, sottovalutato, difficile. Difficili i sentimenti e la storia, complicate le strade che Melvin Burgess fa prendere ai suoi personaggi, e un finale sospeso a metà tra la felicità e l'amarezza, più simile alla vita vera di quanto si potrebbe immaginare.

    10. A decent read. I picked up this story because the main character is deaf and dumb. I wanted to read how the author writes such a character but really, it read no different than other. I'm a tiny bit disappointed.

    11. It surprised me because it was so good and so well done. The characters are young but the story line is so adult and mature and tackles a good subject that is deafness in a whole other manner.

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