• Title: Horse boy. Il viaggio di un padre per guarire suo figlio
  • Author: Rupert Isaacson Katerinov I.
  • ISBN: 9788817032322
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Horse boy Il viaggio di un padre per guarire suo figlio Per i suoi genitori il piccolo Rowan il mistero pi grande Perch lui non come gli altri perso in un mondo fatto di lontananza deserto di persone ed emozioni la sua mente e immobile chiusa in una gab
    Per i suoi genitori, il piccolo Rowan il mistero pi grande Perch lui non come gli altri perso in un mondo fatto di lontananza, deserto di persone ed emozioni la sua mente e immobile, chiusa in una gabbia di vetro infrangibile La diagnosi dei medici spietata disturbo pervasivo dello sviluppo , che vuol dire autismo E per Rupert e Kristin una pietra tombalPer i suoi genitori, il piccolo Rowan il mistero pi grande Perch lui non come gli altri perso in un mondo fatto di lontananza, deserto di persone ed emozioni la sua mente e immobile, chiusa in una gabbia di vetro infrangibile La diagnosi dei medici spietata disturbo pervasivo dello sviluppo , che vuol dire autismo E per Rupert e Kristin una pietra tombale sul futuro del loro bambino, e la condanna a giorni fatti solo dei suoi silenzi attoniti, dei suoi movimenti ritmici e infiniti, della sua solitudine perfetta e inespugnabile Finche, per caso, durante una passeggiata con il padre, Rowan fa conoscenza con Betsy, un magnifico cavallo dal pelo marrone e gli occhi intelligenti tra i due e a a prima vista In sella a Betsy, Rowan sembra trovare una via d accesso alla realt che gli sta intorno E goffamente, teneramente, comincia a comunicare le sue emozioni, i suoi entusiasmi, i suoi spaventi di bambino Di fronte a questo straordinario spettacolo, Rupert decide di tentare con tutta la famiglia un impresa disperata e insieme sorretta solo dalla speranza un coraggioso viaggio con destinazione MONGOLIA La terra dove, seimila anni fa, i cavalli furono addomesticati la patria del popolo delle renne, trib di sciamani che vive da sempre in simbiosi con gli spiriti della natura Qui, tra riti antichissimi e cavalcate nel paesaggio mistico e selvaggio della steppa, la secolare sapienza dei guaritori sembra fare breccia nella mente di Rowan.

    One Reply to “Horse boy. Il viaggio di un padre per guarire suo figlio”

    1. I'm an existentialist, a pragmatist and look askance at those who believe in any form of magic, spells or influence on the here and now by muttering mumbo jumbo, whether from an obeah man, a shaman, priest or rabbi. Which isn't to say I don't enjoy the ritual and hopefully, accompanying feast. But still, I was touched by this man and the extremes he would go to try and heal his severely autistic son. It relied on having a lot of money and a mostly-compliant wife and very much being a hands-on fa [...]

    2. Unbelievable. Disgusting. Annoying. Breathtaking. Gripping. Soul searching. Intense. Amazing. Curious. Disappointing. All words I could use to describe this book. I have a real love-hate relationship with this book. In the beginning, it didn't hold my interest very well and I couldn't wait to get it over with. As I continued to read about the adventure in Mongolia I was so riveted I could barely put it down for wanting to know the outcome. Only to be disappointed at the end when the final Shaman [...]

    3. I just finished the book. Marvelous read. A remarkable story of a family's journey and a remarkable healing. It was a joy to read. I've heard it said that we're never tested beyond our ability to deal with the tests we're given. I don't think I would have been able to deal with the sorts of challenges that the Isaacson's had to deal with. I loved the author's summary at the end. Very valuable for me to frame this mysterious disorder. In the esoteric lore it 'reads' that advanced souls will be bo [...]

    4. The first thing I need to say is that the author at times says things which have me uncomfortable. He seems very self-entitled. For example, throughout the book he'll focus on the physical characteristics of women (such as their body size and general attractiveness), while constrastly defining men as either wise, strong, or silly boys. Perceive that as you may.Anyway, as a person who has experience working with adults with developmental disabilities, I did find the beginning sections to be helpf [...]

    5. I wasn't sure if I'd like this story, since Rupert Isaacson is the main character, the author, AND the narrator. But it's very well done.My heart broke for Rupert, his wife, and their severely autistic son, as they just tried to survive day-to-day, and find the extra energy to try different treatments, therapies, supplements.hing that might help.Who would have thought that a trip to Mongolia - way out of their regular routine - would not only be possible, but would actually help bring healing?I [...]

    6. Hallelujah. Hunter S. Thompson is dead but his resurrected soul marches on in the person of Rupert Isaacson. Rupert Isaacson describes himself as being a borderline alcoholic with a son who is borderline on the autistic spectrum. Like most parents of autistic children, the Isaacsons were constantly confronted by a plethora of rogues and impostors pitching to them phony cures. Like most parents, they were bitter whenever they fell for what in hind-sight appeared as a very obvious scam.Living in T [...]

    7. He's a good writer, he writes well and I was interested enough to read and see the book to the end. But to me he came across as arrogant, and what he calls science doesn't really follow the scientific method (for example he says something I think he attributes to his wife like "if rises in autism could be attributed to autism being diagnosed more frequently, we'd see a decline in other forms of developmental disorder" which is pretty much NOT a scientific argument as it assumes autism was being [...]

    8. As someone who is interested in autism and anthropology, I was drawn to see the movie. The author, Rupert Isaacson, was at the screening. He spoke and answered questions revealing that since this movie/book he has gone to Australia with his son, Rowan, to do healing work with Australian aborigines. He understands that there are some people who may think that he's exploiting his son and he has a sense of humor about it. I think that the perspective of indigenous peoples toward difference is valua [...]

    9. This story is AMAZING. Okay, I admit, I didn't read the book, I watched the movie. But it covers the same ground, since the movie is a documentary made by the father, who wrote the book. And for this story, you really need the visual of a movie. It is incredible. I was skeptical when a friend told me about it because it just sounded too hokey. An autistic boy's family travels to Mongolia in search of healing for their son. I was cynical and thought it sounded too "Hollywood," or like Hollywood t [...]

    10. Horses and Mongolia are two of my favorite topics, so naturally this book attracted my attention! My main concern, however, was that books by Westerners who go off the beaten track often romanticize traditional cultures in ridiculous ways and I feared it would be too New Agey. Fortunately this book did not succumb to any of the likely pitfalls. Isaacson was brutally honest and humble about their struggles with raising an autistic child, did not prescribe what they did as a miracle cure for every [...]

    11. You know when you are at Costco, and just before checking out, you peruse the book aisle, spontaneously pick one out, and then hope it's magic? Well, this book was very interesting--shamans, autism, and a couple so completely unlike me that I had to learn from them! I enjoyed the passion of the father, and I celebrated with him in the small successes. His writing is terrible. I also don't think his motives were pure. Maybe I'd do the same thing in a desperate situation--try to make the most of i [...]

    12. The whole time I was reading this book, I keep asking myself just who was he trying to help, himself or his son? Father is in denial and Mother is just along for the ride. I found Rupert to be overbearing and hopelessly clueless. I also found him to be down right rude talking about his interaction with the" Native" people trying to help him and his son. Writing is far to detailed to the point you lose all focus and interest. I do hope one day Rupert wakes up and sees he is not and never will be [...]

    13. Isn't it amazing what wealth can do for you and your kids. Really? Travel to Mongolia on a hunch that magic shamans can "heal" your autistic child through the use of horse sense? Aside from Mr. Issacson patting himself on the back for his obsessive belief in "horse magic", there is little of value in the story.

    14. I was interested in this book from a professional point of view as well as a general interest in this families story. The lengths this family went to, to find help - and peace for their son was extraordinary and to be commended. A takeaway, I believe, is that parents know their own children best and should be guided by their own intuition and research. If it feels right go for it.

    15. A great book about the incredible journey one couple takes with their son who has autism. They travel to Mongolia to meet shamans and the reindeer people in a quest to find a healing for their son's behaviors that so often come with autism. Behaviors that leave a family exhausted, frustrated, isolated and desperate. I have mixed feelings about this journey. On the one hand, I applaud the parents, specifically the dad, for never giving up on their son and for trying every single avenue that might [...]

    16. Having an Autistic son, I was attracted to this book about an Autistic boy (very close to the age of mine, in fact). I was amazed by the fact that this couple just up and traveled to Mongolia with their Autistic son in hopes of a cure from the Shamans and interaction with horses there. As I was reading, I could relate to many of the behaviors Rowan exhibited. The way Rowan spoke was all too familiar to me. The writing isn't great, but it's definitely an interesting story. I myself am not a belie [...]

    17. How far would you go to help your child? I’d go to the ends of the earth, which is just about what Rupert and Kristin did when they took their son on an expedition through wildest Mongolia to find the Shamans who Rupert believed might be able to heal their autistic son, Rowan. From having to drink awful sounding concoctions and eat animal intestines, to experiencing rather wacky ceremonies and traveling for days on horseback through rough and dangerous terrain, Rupert continued to follow his i [...]

    18. I had some reservations before reading this book. I was concerned it might be one of those books that claims to have the cure for autism and tries to get everyone to follow his lead. It wasn't actually like that at all. It was purely his story and experience trying to heal his son taking an unlikely and difficult approach. I found it to be touching, heart warming and most of all believable. I was originally concerned that the author would be tempted to leave out the difficulties and setbacks to [...]

    19. I can see why people who don't understand autism would think this book is amazing. It was a little weird for me at the end. I understand the parents' struggles - and I could really relate. However, I think instead of shamans and horses healing their son, it was probably the one-on-one time he got with them, and the distance from all of the things in the environment that overstimulate our kids with autism - the noise, the lights, the smells etc. It was also evident to me from the beginning that t [...]

    20. I've had this book for quite a while, and found the story to not only be heartwarming, but something demonstrable with troubled children and even adults. It doesn't take a trip to Mongolia to see the evidence that horses bonding with humans is absolutely beneficial in many different ways. As a natural horseman, and medical practitioner, I have guided families to initiate this unique trait to help improve all kinds of debilitating illnesses. This story really resonated with me, and I liked it eno [...]

    21. This book is truly beautiful, and so well written. From experience I know that sometimes we have to construct the story of a child's life because the child doesn't have the words yet to share that story--Isaacson does a beautiful job of sharing his son and family with us. I don't think it really matters exactly what therapies they tried, or even that they went to Mongolia (although that makes for wonderful reading!)--what matters is that they followed their guts, their hearts, and their child's [...]

    22. Having worked as a behaviorial therapist for children with autism and having a nephew with autism, I have a lot of compassion for the families, these children and the day to day struggles they face. Rupert Isaacson's courageous journey with his son and wife to Mongolia to visit the shamans was beautifully written. At times the story seemed more focused on describing the landscape of the region, but overall you could get a sense of the all the emotions this couple faced as they crossed Monoglia o [...]

    23. "Sysäämme harhaoppina syrjään kaiken sellaisen, mitä järki ei osaa selittää. Ja kuitenkin isoa osaa elämästämme ohjaavat asiat, joita emme voisi toivoakaan punnitsevamme rationaalisin tai tieteellisin perustein. Kuten esimerkiksi rakkaus. Kaikki kokevat sen, kaikki kaipaavat sitä, kaikki tarvitsevat sitä omaan olemiseensa ja tietävät että se on olemassa. Mutta kukaan ei osaa selittää sitä, tai hajottaa sitä fysiikaksi ja kemiaksi. "Aivan ihan kirja. En ole aiemmin kuullut tä [...]

    24. I picked up this book because it was about an autistic little boy, and overall, it was a good story---difficult child and the struggles by his parents to deal with his world of autism. I liked the way he related to nature, animals (especially horses) and how he began to open up his inner world to those outside of himself. Truly amazing.What I didn't care for was the unusual way his parents sought to find treatment for him---by traveling to Mongolia to be cured by their healers. Like I said, over [...]

    25. I first purchased this as an audiobook three years ago and, while traveling to BC, listened to it on the journey. It may be his writing style, or the story itself, but I had an immediate and deep connection with this family and their journey. I was struck by the honesty, and openness that can make a good novel a great novel. I am surprised that this book has as low a rating as it does. It should be higher, needs to be higher.

    26. Note: I wrote a mini review of each part of this book as I read it, seeing as how it seems almost like an omnibus in style. These were initially just for my reference, but I felt they showed a lot more than just an end review could. At the end I have given an overall review.Part 1:This part waxed and waned on whether or not it held my attention. It starts with a couple having a baby they soon find to be autistic and documents their daily struggles. While the incidents and things the child, Rowan [...]

    27. Intrigued by the mention of shamanism in the catalogue description, I ordered this book and when it arrived, began reading it immediately. I was transported to a different world--a world of endless steppes, salty mare's milk "tea," and freshly killed, still-steaming animal innards served up as gourmet meals.I didn't want to put this book down--it's as fast-paced and suspenseful as a thriller. Transfixed by the horrors inherent in parenting an autistic child, I gobbled up the pages even though I [...]

    28. While this story is a good read and I certainly emphathize with anyone who has an austic child. However -I wouldn't recommend this as a "Christian" book in any sense of the word. I am very surprised that CBD (Christian Book distributors)would list the book in their selections. I read this book thinking that it would be a journey that the author and his family was on - both physical and spiritual - and the spiritual aspect of the journey was a jumbled mess - leaving the reader with no real direct [...]

    29. I'm very interested in shamanism and in autism, so it was natural I'd be interested in reading this book. I dipped into it at the used book store yesterday and wasn't impressed. I will have to read it now to be sure but it sounded from the bits I read that the author understands neither one at all well despite intimate encounters with both. It had the feeling of someone whose worldview is completely unchanged by his experiences, having no real clue what happened to him or his son at any point al [...]

    30. I am very interested in stories related to families and individuals living with autism, as well as stories of adventure and personal growth. Throw in horses and travel in far away lands it - should be great. And it was up to a point. About 2/3 of the way through it seemed to bog down and get very repetitive. I tried to finish by reading small bits whenever waiting for an appointment or during other small bits of time. Finally just gave up! I think I'll leave it out at work and let someone else g [...]

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