Readers’ Reviews from Amazon
And I think that we have every person involved in the creation of this book to thank for a small part of that being made possible.
Avira N, author of YOU left me, sweets, two legacies: Famous Love Poem
November 27, 2017 Amazon.ca
Then love me now.
Don’t look for tomorrow
And don’t ask me how.
I can’t give you a guideline
It is your love,
It is you.
Readers Reviews from Goodreads
9 January 2018
This book describes unimaginable amount of ignorance, fear and pain. Men, women and children, small babies dying of a mysterious disease and no one knows what it is and no one has the cure for it.
“A giant ‘Infection’ was written above her name. She was asked to use a separate toilet from the other women, which had a red ‘Control of infection’ notice on it. She was miserable, frightened and scared for her children. I realised what was happening and complained.The attitude was ‘Oh, we know HIV isn’t contagious, but we must follow our old guidelines.'”― Ann Richardson, Wise Before Their Time
There was a trilogy I read some time ago called Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar (Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves). I think the title of the book is enough to describe what the trilogy is about. And my point is that there are too few book like this. In Wise Before Their Time, there’s a story of mother and her young daughter Daisy. She was just learning to speak. A little bit late in walking. Then when she is sixteen months old, she stops walking.
My doctor had to inform the funeral directors that she’d died of an infectious disease. So when they came, they came in these suits and gloved. They just wrapped her in a plastic bag and took her away. And, well, it just was too much for me. I couldn’t cope, I just had to run out of the room.” ― Ann Richardson, Wise Before Their Time”
A book full of incredibly brave people writing their heartbreaking stories on what it was like to live with HIV and AIDS. I warmly recommend this for everyone.
Thank you BooksGoSocial and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
8 January 2018
This book’s intrinsic historical and cultural value is invaluable. Essentially a revision of a previous edition, it provides insights and historical accounts which would otherwise be lost to time. Simply due to technological advances, we have changed much as a society… therefore we have also forgotten much. These historic interviews are not only rare but also remarkably candid for their era. At times, the stories were alarming. No matter your feelings and beliefs on this disease, you owe it to yourself to read this book!
NOTE: A copy was provided to me in return for a fair and honest review.