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The Speed of Dark.

Elizabeth Moon. 2003. Read by Grover Gardner. Books on Tape. 9, 1.5 hour tapes. 0-7366-9131-6. $72.00. Vinyl; plot notes. SA

This excellent novel is unique, intelligent, unpredictable, and spiritual. Lou Arrendale is a high-functioning autistic who must decide whether or not to undergo a procedure that will make him "normal." The novel explores the following contemporary question: how much alteration in brain chemistry and function can an individual undergo without altering that illusive factor called "identity" itself?

Moon's development of her central character, Lou, as he lives among both the "normals" and the autistics he loves is a sensitive, graceful achievement. Gardner narrates Lou with a slight staccato speech that in no way compromises his humanity and appeal. Moon moves confidently between technical description and ethical debate, and throws in some finely plotted suspense and a bit of romance as well. The listener will gain a better understanding of autism and those who struggle with its challenges. Highly recommended. Nancy C. Chaplin, Libn., VCCW, Powhatan, VA
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Author:Chaplin, Nancy C.
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Article Type:Audiobook Review
Date:Sep 1, 2003
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