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The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 February, 2007, 12:00am

The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky

by Ken Dornstein

Sceptre, HK$128

'... an unknown young writer dies in a plane crash leaving behind lots of notebooks ... The narrator sets out to piece it all together into a story of the unknown writer's life.' Ken Dornstein found that written in one of his older brother's notebooks after David's body plunged to the ground amid the wreckage of Flight 103, blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988. The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky is Dornstein's piecing together of David's unknown life. He bragged of being a writer, but his notebooks and journals reveal no masterpiece, just one of those untalented dreamers who want the glory without the pain. It also becomes clear that Dave was a troubled guy and nothing like the brother Dornstein idolised. After tracking down everyone David knew, Dornstein moves on with his life, marrying one of David's ex-girlfriends amid much wrestling with guilt. Dornstein is telling his own story here, too, of coming to terms with losing his brother not once, but twice. Nicely written, honest, cleverly structured, this is a sad and honest memoir with a lot of truth at its core.


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