The Book of Wonders by Julien Sandrel
English | 2019 | General Fiction/Classics | ePUB | 2.0 Mb
The Book of Wonders : Live every day like it’s your last.
Thelma is the busy single mom of 12-year old Louis. When is hit by a truck one morning, their lives are changed forever. Louis falls into a coma and if he doesn’t regain consciousness in the next four weeks, he may never wake up again.
At home in Louis’s bedroom, devastated Thelma finds a “bucket list” of all the things Louis wants to accomplish in his life, and she suddenly sees a way to survive. She will fulfill her son’s dreams in the hope that it will bring him back to her. With the help of his nurse, Thelma sets up a video link in Louis’s hospital room so he can follow her on his adventures.
His first wish: to spend a day in Tokyo.
“I was in shock. I don’t know if that’s the official, medical term, but I think I heard someone say the word. I experienced the rest of that arctic Saturday floating in a haze, as if sounds and sensations were deadened by a cocoon enveloping me from head to toe. I felt anaesthetized – perhaps thanks to the tranquillizers that I was immediately given, perhaps as a result of the bombshells that were being dropped around me, one after the other.
Emotional bombshells, like when the doctors explained to me that they had pumped my son full of drugs to prevent him from suffering, that the priority was to stop any infections that would cause internal lesions. That his condition was life-threatening, that for the time being it was impossible to assess his real state of consciousness because of the medication, that they would have to wait until the treatment was finished to have a clearer idea. ‘We’re very sorry, madame.’
Then, tear bombshells when my mother arrived at the hospital, shook me, screaming, blaming my inertia, my irresponsibility, my inattentiveness. The doctors had to drag her away from me – my own mother. ‘Everyone reacts to this kind of situation differently, madame; you must respect your daughter’s response, as we respect yours; and, no, we’re not arrogant little fools.”