The Universe Versus Alex Woods

by Gavin Extence | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1444765892 Global Overview for this book
Registered by retromonkey of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on 12/8/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by retromonkey from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Sunday, December 8, 2013
Hello and welcome to Bookcrossing!

Thanks for picking up this book. Treat it nicely, enjoy reading it and let everyone know what you thought of it here; you can be anonymous if you like or you might want to join Bookcrossing, if you do you can follow the book's onward journey. Then, pass it on when the time is right.If you do choose to join, I hope you'll consider using me retromonkey, as your referring member.

Journal Entry 2 by retromonkey at Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Sunday, December 8, 2013
This book starts at a crazy place, and then takes you on a long crazy journey. I felt there were a lot of technical details in here, mainly scientific. However, it is a lovely, heartwarming story of a lovely relationship. The title is very apt, as it seems no matter what he does, the universe really is against Alex Woods. Although it tackles serious subjects, it is a very comic tale, with loveable characters. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by retromonkey at Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Sunday, December 8, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (12/8/2013 UTC) at Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom

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Sending as a rabck. Hope you enjoy, and Merry Christmas xx

Journal Entry 4 by wingmissmarkeywing at Harwell, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, December 14, 2013
Thank you so much for this wishlist book retromonkey. I like quirky books and I think this is right up my street. It's been on my wishlist since I saw it in a bookshop at the airport earlier this year. Going right to the top of Mount TBR. Many Thanks again and a Merry Christmas to you :)

Journal Entry 5 by wingmissmarkeywing at Harwell, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Finished reading this today. I really enjoyed it despite some of the subjects covered which I might not have wanted to know about had I been asked!
I see that this book is on the wishlist of someone in the Birthday Group so I think I'll send it to them. Thanks again for sending it to me retromonkey.

Journal Entry 6 by wingmissmarkeywing at Harwell, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, February 28, 2014
Off to USA to wheepaperclips in the 2014 RABCK Birthday Group.

Journal Entry 7 by wingmissmarkeywing at Allentown, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, February 28, 2014

Released 7 yrs ago (2/28/2014 UTC) at Allentown, Pennsylvania USA

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Enjoy :)

Journal Entry 8 by wheepaperclips at Allentown, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, March 8, 2014
Thank you so much for this wishlist book! Opening it helped make my birthday special :-)

Journal Entry 9 by wheepaperclips at Allentown, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, June 30, 2014
I chose to read this because Kurt Vonnegut's writing is important to the plot line. I was pleasantly surprised by Alex and his meteorite-concussed noggin.

Alex is unusual, and this is exacerbated by the aforementioned meteorite incident and by his epilepsy. The story is his journey to understand his disease. He befriends an elderly neighbor who shares books and eventually helps Alex gain his independence, while the neighbor moves toward independence of his own.

I loved Alex's compassion and the way the author treated mental illness, physical illness and end-of-life. Sad, but really honest.

Whenever I read books like this one I wonder why I never had a crotchety neighbor to befriend. It happens to all the best characters and each one learns valuable life lessons. Oh, woe is me and my normal, healthy childhood.

Great read.

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