• Title: Crazy Dave
  • Author: Basil Johnston
  • ISBN: 9780873514231
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • Crazy Dave David the last of Rosa s five sons was born with Down syndrome Unable to care for himself he and the indomitable Rosa were to be forever bound together joined by love and necessity in a life alrea
    David, the last of Rosa s five sons, was born with Down syndrome Unable to care for himself, he and the indomitable Rosa were to be forever bound together, joined by love and necessity in a life already defined by harsh, sometimes tragic circumstances.And yet, David was remarkable Strong, stubborn, and utterly determined, he aspired to learn, to be a part of a world in wDavid, the last of Rosa s five sons, was born with Down syndrome Unable to care for himself, he and the indomitable Rosa were to be forever bound together, joined by love and necessity in a life already defined by harsh, sometimes tragic circumstances.And yet, David was remarkable Strong, stubborn, and utterly determined, he aspired to learn, to be a part of a world in which he would never entirely belong In that regard, he was and remains a poignant and unsettling reflection of his people, who had fled Wisconsin in the 1830s to seek sanctuary with the Ojibway farther north in what became Canada With great resourcefulness and integrity, they struggled to sustain and preserve families, a language, and a way of life, while accommodating the increasingly intrusive demands of white society.Woven of story and recollection the author s own, his family s, and those of others who were there Crazy Dave remembers and pays loving tribute to a family, a community, and a culture.

    One Reply to “Crazy Dave”

    1. Johnston depicts the life of a man with Down's syndrome with compassion, humour, authenticity and love. Many of us will recognize Dave and be reminded of our own brother, sister, aunt, or uncle. Johnston also shows how, with support and tolerance, someone like Dave can contribute to a household or community, but he also shows the challenges and worry that can go with being the parent of a person who is different and who can be a target. In doing so, Johnston also shows us the struggles and issue [...]

    2. Crazy Dave is a memoir of David McLeod, an Anishinaabe living on a reservation in Ontario during the 1920s to 1950s. Written by David's nephew, Basil Johnston, the book's sources are largely accounts from family members including Johnston himself, who lived nearby when he was a child. Significantly, David had Down Syndrome (then called "Mongolism") which substantially affected his mental and physical development. Throughout his life, he was unable to speak clearly or read. Although he held odd-j [...]

    3. The non-fiction story of an North American Indian boy growing up on a reservation in Canada. Extremely well-written and a glimpse into the prejudice encountered in every facet of life by this boy, his family, his People. Written by the Crazy Dave's Great Nephew, I highly reccomend this book.

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