Thursday, September 10, 2009

Guest Review - Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson, as reviewed by Steve

The story of a man and his family: a successful, educated couple; and their autistic son.

Mr. Isaacson tells his story and the reader rides along with the joys and the sorrows and the magic of his tale. And it is a tale of magic, adventure, heartache, and healing. The boy in the story is very autistic: not communicative; has tantrums and fits; and is not toilet trained. By chance, the boy is brought together with a horse, and his father,being a horseman himself, begins to take him riding. On the horse, father and son begin communicating, and the father begins to have hope.

Through his work, Mr. Isaacson had encountered and gotten to know a number of shamans, and seen some of their healing ceremonies. After the experience of riding horses with his son, he gets the idea of visiting shamans in Mongolia to see if they might be able to help his son. This book tells the tale of that pilgrimage. It is a wonderful tale, depicting a land and a people on the other side of the world, and the challenges and heartache of raising an autistic child.

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