Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Alive Day by Tom Sullivan

About Alive Day:

Though psychiatrist Dr. Brendan McCarthy is blind, he sees himself clearly in a young patient named Antwone--a marine recently disabled in combat. Antwone should be celebrating his "Alive Day," the day he narrowly escaped certain death in combat, but he's depressed--nearly suicidal. Dr. McCarthy can relate--he too thought he'd lost everything when he lost his sight in a mountain climbing accident years ago.

Dr. McCarthy determines he'll do whatever it takes to rescue the young marine from despair. But ultimately it's McCarthy's big-hearted and couragous black Labrador, Nelson, who teaches both Antwone and McCarthy the real meaning of life after near-death.

My thoughts:

I love a story where hope can come from unexpected places. Antwone never expects a dog to facilitate the healing of his broken spirit. While this book was sad in some places, finding that hope in the end really makes it all worth it.

Near the end of the book, the author writes a chapter from Nelson's point-of-view, and I hed ears came to my eyes as I experienced that scene from his perspective. It was a bit emotional but was one of the most genuine and memorable parts of the book.

I definitely enjoyed this book.

No comments: