Census

Census

Book - 2018 | First edition
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Learning that he does not have long to live and will need to figure out how to provide for his developmentally disabled adult son, a widower signs up as a census taker for a mysterious government bureau and leaves town with his son on a cross-country journey.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAL
Characteristics: ix, 241 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780062676139
006267613X

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Such a wonderfully strange and surprising story of a man traveling with his developmentally disabled son through an unnamed country taking the census. But this census was not like any census I have known and similarly, this book was not like anything I have read. Recommended by Kathy.


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feralranger
Jul 09, 2018

I gave this book the fifty page rule. I wanted to like it and I tried to but I found that I could

not connect with the writer's style.

The story itself sounded really good but I honestly cannot report on it since I did not finish

reading it.

I gave it two and a half stars for a story line that I believe many people would like to read.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jun 09, 2018

I am personally heartened by the father's acceptance and courage in contemplating his disabled son's path through life after his loving parents are gone.

A first person narrative by a dying man. He is a widower, retired surgeon, and father of a man with Down Syndrome. Written in the simple language and thoughtful concepts of an allegory.
The voice is direct, authoritative, mature as he recalls how much he loved his wife and how they determined to teach and provide the best life possible for their son. But an atmosphere of dread hangs over the story; the father has made some provision for the son once the father is dead, but the future is uncertain and the father never forgets how vulnerable his son is, at the mercy of humanity's cruelty and kindness. The work has elements of science fiction/allegory as there is a mysterious "Census Bureau" the father takes a job with. There are also philosophical passages as the father muses about what makes a good life, the role of comedy, and art. The man has taken a job with The Census to give him and his son something to do while he is dying and the trip provides rich opportunities for their relationship.

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Wheel034
Jun 02, 2018

This book really touched me since I too, grew up with a developmentally handicapped older brother. I cried and laughed. Jesse wrote about this from truth.

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ms_mustard
May 10, 2018

a rather dystopian novel - taking the census, marked with a tattoo, in an unidentified country.
met with both compassion and ignorance, a widower and his Down syndrome son travel from A to Z where the duo parts and the son goes on to an unknown future.

I found it a disorienting read but it was interesting.

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nellybells
Apr 17, 2018

This is a marvel of a novel. I knew early on that it had to be a slow read. The blurb describes the story but it really doesn't describe anything at all. It is poetry, philosophy, many many stories, told by the father and the people from A to Z (the towns where the census taker and son go to). I am going to wait for it to be discounted (a couple of years) and buy it b/c 1) I want to read it again, and 2) I want to mark it up. In reviews he is compared to Kafka, Borges and Calvino. In Paris Review in 2014, he defined a novel as “an account, or a series of accounts” that create “half a world” – the other half being in the gift of, and supplied by, the reader.

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