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Am I misunderstanding the end of the book? As I see it, Clyde ends up losing everything, including the Golden Child and Father Kavanagh? Horrible book. I am one that usually likes the books I read to some degree or another. But this one not so much. The writing is good and I loved how we got to see how Paul felt internally for a while and how Father Kavanagh stood up for and encouraged him for a while. And then that abruptly ended with FK getting basically angry with Paul and that is never heard from again. The book seems to tell me that children with learning disabilities are worthless and can be sacrificed. Horrible book.
I was excited to read Golden Child and loved it! The moral dilemma that Clyde faces in choosing to support one son's future at the expense of the other son's life is so dramatic and intense. I definitely understand why his choice angered so many readers (it hurt me too), but I think it makes for a stronger, complex novel. If Clyde had chosen to save the kidnapped twin, he feared that the kidnappers would only come back and threaten his family again. That is, by giving in to their demands, he feared a never ending cycle of violence. A fascinating look at immigration, poverty, and sacrifice.
I really liked how the author made the reader understand what it's like for a special needs person to feel in school. She helped me understand better what was going on in the mind of my own son when he often experienced anxiety at school.
First off, I will say that I loved the imagery and writing of this book. They were beautiful. That being said I have one big issue.
Every synopsis talks about this insanely difficult decision that Clyde has to make. I do not understand what is so incredibly difficult about what he has to do. He merely has a choice to keep his son alive or not. He in the end chooses to take the life of one son in order for his other son to be successful. I found it incredibly upsetting and I did not feel any empathy for Clyde whatsoever. I felt like he made a horrible mistake that unfortunately his wife and son had to live with.
Really curious about everyone else's thoughts. I know my review is harsh but I had some really strong emotions by the end of this novel. Which is what is so great about reading! :)
Golden Child is beautiful. The writing subtly swept me in, and within 24 hours, I was already 100 pages in. (On a NYC work week at that.)
The beauty and richness of Golden Child take time to sink in, but page by page, the themes at play (family, masculinity, sacrifice, crime, poverty, fatherhood, brotherhood, etc) begin to paint a beautiful but tragic reality for our characters, and for ourselves.
Though an emotional ending, it was nonetheless a beautiful one. I cried quietly while the book ended. I laid in bed starring at the ceiling, crying for Paul, Peter, Clyde, and Joy.