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His Bright Light [Format Kindle]

Danielle Steel

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Like Kurt Cobain, Nick Traina lived for punk rock (his bands made two CDs, Gift Before I Go and 17 Reasons), succumbed to heroin addiction, and died of suicide. His mom, Danielle Steel, takes us through her 19 twister-like years with Nick in a memoir more affecting than her potboiler novels. Like his AWOL addict father, Nick had good looks, bad behavior, and a yen for the feminine. Five days before he died, he phoned a woman he saw in a centerfold and had a new girlfriend by nightfall. But his fun was ever haunted by manic depression. At age 11, he was a bed wetter who ate all the Tylenol and Sudafed in the house. He first considered suicide at 13, as Steel learned by reading his diaries after his death.

There is tension in this story--one doctor told Steel if she could get Nick to live to 30, he'd probably live a normal life span. (For example, Nick's troubled dad resurfaced, sober, soon after his son's death.) And Steel conveys a sense of the intelligence Nick used to conceal his learning disability, and the irreverent charm that alternated with irrational rages. Oliver Sacks has urged us not to ask what neurological disease a person has, but what sort of person the disease has got hold of. Steel gives us a vivid sense of the costs of the disease to a family--and of the person who was Nick Traina. --Tim Appelo Audio Review

It's hard to listen to any story that deals with the loss of a child, but Danielle Steel's memoir of her son, Nick Traina, is both tender and engrossing. In this unabridged audio version of His Bright Light, Steel leads us through Nick's battle with manic depression and her fight to help him survive. Although Steel herself narrates the introduction, actress Traci Godfrey, who portrays the author's strong emotions without becoming maudlin, reads the book. Anyone who has known a loved one affected by depression will identify strongly with Ms. Steel's passionate recollections of her son's life. (Running time: 9.5 hours, two cassettes) --Sharon Griggins

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Avec 78 best-sellers publiés en France, plus d'un demi-milliard d'exemplaires vendus dans 47 pays et traduits en 28 langues, Danielle Steel est l'auteur contemporain le plus lu et le plus populaire au monde. Depuis 1981, ses romans figurent systématiquement en tête des meilleures ventes du New York Times. Elle est restée sur les listes des best-sellers pendant 390 semaines consécutives, ce qui lui a valu d'être citée dans le livre Guinness des Records.
Mais Danielle Steel ne se contente pas d'être écrivain. Très active sur le plan social, elle a créé deux fondations s'occupant de victimes de maladies mentales, d'enfants abusés, et de sans-abri.
Danielle Steel a longtemps vécu en Europe et a séjourné en France durant plusieurs années (elle parle parfaitement le français) avant de retourner à New York achever ses études. Elle a débuté dans la publicité et les relations publiques, puis s'est mise à écrire et a immédiatement conquis un immense public de tous âges et de tous milieux, très fidèle et en constante augmentation. Lorsqu'elle écrit (sur sa vieille Olympia mécanique de 1946), Danielle Steel peut travailler vingt heures par jour. Son exceptionnelle puissance de travail lui permet de mener trois romans de front, construisant la trame du premier, rédigeant le deuxième, peaufinant le troisième, et de s'occuper des adaptations télévisées de ses romans. Toutes ces activités ne l'empêchent pas de donner la priorité absolue à sa vie personnelle. Avec ses huit enfants, elle forme une famille heureuse et unie, sa plus belle réussite et sa plus grande fierté. En 2002, Danielle Steel a été faite officier des Arts et Lettres. En France, son fan-club compte plus de 29 000 membres.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Touching Tribute 21 mars 2000
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I am 14 years old and just finished this story. It's always sad when someone loses their life, especially if they are young and seem to have a bright future ahead of them. Danielle Steel did a wonderful job telling the harrowing tale of her baby boy. (If you read some of the other reviews, some say that Ms. Steel only wrote the book for money. I disagree completely and don't understand where they get off saying that because the proceeds go to the Nick Traina Foundation and the sorrow of losing a child is not something that is taken lightly, esecially by the mother) I saw an ad for His Bright Light and decided to read it to learn about this serious illness. It taught me a lot about how manic depressives act and what goes on inside their heads. At the end I cried when I found out how he died and the events of the days before he did. If you would like to learn more about manic depression from something other then a medical textbook or are a fan of Link 80 and/or Knowledge, read this book and get know Nick Traina and the mother who loved him and never gave up hope.
44 internautes sur 46 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 My 1st Danielle Steel Book...Ever. 17 mai 2004
Par Eric K. - Publié sur
I admit it. I've never read a Danielle Steel book. I've never been interested enough, although I know many people who rave about her. Her stories just aren't necessarily my "cup of tea." However, I was highly recommended this true-story book about her son's life by a friend of mine, so I decided to give it a try.
I got to experience DS's flair for writing and its conversational style. It was very easy to read and held my interest. Pages flowed into the next. I can see her widespread appeal.
Not only was the story sad yet uplifting, but "His Bright Light" helped me to understand manic depressive behavior intimately as DS learned it herself over the years. It was quite the lesson in psychology for those who don't want to get bogged down with or can't quite grasp the technical or scientific aspects of it.
I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to know more about the disease, her son's life, as well as DS's life. She provides some great autobiographical material for those interested. It's a quick read, and it'll be worth the effort, especially if you know someone with similar challenges in their own life...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Required for anyone who loves someone with mental illness 11 mai 1999
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I've never read any of Danielle Steele's fictional novels, but I flew through this account of the life of her son, Nick Traina. His struggles with Bipolar Disorder, and her heartbreak are heartwrenching, but as the mother of a child who lives in the same tortured world, I am inspired by the strength of Nick's dreams, his family's love, and his mother's creativity in her unending search for appropriate resources. This book is filled with personal letters, poems, and song lyrics. There are lots of photographs of Nick and his family punctuating many of the chapters. This is an intimate book. Ms. Steele has opened her heart here, even though it was probably painful. She says in the forward that one of her reasons for writing this book was that she hoped she could educate people about this often-fatal mental illness. That was certainly a worthy goal, and this is the only book I've seen which deals with the trials of Bipolar Disorder in CHILDHOOD. She's managed something else, in my case, however. The Story of Nick Traina made me feel that, if Danielle Steel could survive her son's white-hot dance with life, so can I face whatever years lie ahead for my daughter and our family. It wouldn't matter if this book were poorly written, which I don't believe it is; this is an inspiring, diary-honest, easy-read. It's full of practical, creative suggestions for living with a mentally-ill child. It's about remembering to look for rainbows after devastating storms. It's an unforgettable eulogy of a beautiful young man. It's a book every teacher, minister,medical professional, and library should own.
25 internautes sur 27 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The most touching story I have ever read! 5 juin 2001
Par "intentaccess" - Publié sur
I have never read a book that has touched my heart like this did. I read this extraordinary story from this courageous mother three times now.
I myself have been recently diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. I am not a child but in fact I am in my thirties with three children of my own. My level of manic depressant isn't near to the same as Nick's was. I seem to run more manic then the suicidal. However, what goes up must come down. I have had great success with Lithium and live a happy normal life. While reading this story I can relate. As even though everybody with this disease is not going to be on the same level there are in fact similarities. One's which indeed start with us as a child. I know I took a very good look at my own childhood through this story and the signs were always there but as Ms. Steele went through how hard it is to know these are in fact signs.
This book has you go through every emotion there is. I laughed, at her remarks about the doctors as it is indeed very true. There are so many out there, some good, some better, some stupid and some who just don't care. I even laughed when Nick left the camp and when he telephoned his mother and she asked where he was at and he was on the highway. That was me, if I told you they were not giving me my medication it was because they were not, and I couldn't understand anything else even though you may of though it to be " a story" or " delusional " and if I said I was leaving the next call you got from me would have also been on the highway. At least I called! Then you also cry, even with this event. You can feel this mother, in her hotel room thousands and thousands of miles away, with all the other children, you feel her frustration, despair and the entire emotional experience.
This book was very well written. Coming from an author of fiction, she did not sugar coat or glorify anything in this book. I can't even begin to imagine the strength it had taken to be able to write it. The emotion that was relived with each and every word. Maybe it might have been a relief to tell the story, but we are very fortunate that she did!
This disease is all around, and even in this book of a famous celebrity even she had lived it for years. Knowing there was something wrong with her child but was the only one being his mother who did see it. Children do get misdiagnosed with the ADD all the time. Sometimes it may be a combination, and sometimes not at all. But even Ms. Steele explains with all her connections, all her money and resources how she couldn't even get a prescription for Prozac because nobody else could see it. Think of how many children out there that goes without this everyday. Not because their mother isn't Danielle Steele and doesn't have these kinds of resources. But how many children, that live maybe in your house, or next door, or in your sisters or brothers because they are misunderstood.
I highly recommend this book to absolutely everybody. This as anybody with Bipolar does it help you understand what you have put your own family through. Even though you would take it all back in a minute if you could, you see and feel it from the other side.
Then as a family with anybody in it the inspiration of this wonderful family that lived it everyday. And also to those who know nobody with it because sometimes people, especially children do get so misunderstood as Nick did. He comes from a celebrity mother, he is spoiled, all these excuses for these actions that nobody sees what it really is. How many years did Ms. Steele go through not knowing what was wrong with her son? Some don't even have ones whom are as persistent as Ms. Steele and family just because they are pure exhausted and still getting no results. Not because they do not care.
This book tells the story, it has pictures and even in Nicky's photos do you see his wonderful personality and bright light. She has included writings from her to him, journal entries that Nick had written and I think the one the effected me the most, I had to actually put the book down the tears were pouring out I could not see to read anymore. Was what Julie had said about Ms. Steel and Nick and their " tag team mothering "
I want to thank you Ms. Steele for sharing this story. I know it made great impact on my life and helped me to want nothing more than to stop hurting the ones I love. To beat the demons for myself but for my own children. And watch and be aware of these symptoms and how they do effect each others life. People of great creativity suffer with this disease everyday. They live normal lives to those that look in, but deep within them they are not as they appear. They have this great extraordinary personality and nobody seems to have a clue. You told the story from the heart and it touched mine.
God bless you Ms. Steele, your family, the Campbell's and to all the lives that Nicky touched. God bless you Nick Traina and I hope you finally find the peace and happiness you do so deserve and may your memories live on with the people whom loved you!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Heartfelt but mawkish and repetitive 10 septembre 2002
Par Un client - Publié sur
While one can only possibly feel sympathy for the pain Nick's mother feels, her writing style is sentimental and flowery in the extreme. The descriptions of a manic depressive personality and suggestions for dealing with one are excellent, and there is no doubt that she did all she could for her son whom she loved dearly - however having established that, it was tedious to read over, and over, and over again her expressions of motherly love, her gratitude repeatedly to the same people and the gushing in general. It is also difficult to understand from her telling why she was unable to cope with her own son while another mother with less space, less money and younger children was able to take him in for the last few years. The book was worthwhile in some ways but could have told the same story with as much information and feeling in less than half the number of pages.
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