Book Review: The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal his Son by Rupert Isaacson


When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor’s horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia, the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?
THE HORSE BOY is the dramatic and heartwarming story of that impossible adventure. In Mongolia, the family found undreamed of landscapes and people, unbearable setbacks, and advances beyond their wildest dreams. This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story–of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time

My Thoughts

“Rupert Isaacson has conjured a nonfiction journey that reads like an epic novel”

The storytelling was quite marvelous. I can relate to feeling inadequate and having worries of how your autistic son will grow. You have endless worries and fears, amazingly so this story was one of pure strength. I enjoyed the story and commend him for following his heart. I was enthralled by the writing and enjoyed his vivid imagery, i felt as though i was along for the ride.

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