Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian "Humorous Spanish books about cancer" is probably a small section at your library. Aged 14, Albert Espinosa was a typical football-obsessed schoolboy from Barcelona. Then doctors found a malignant bone tumour in his left leg. Just as they reached the airport to jet off for one last holiday together, the Espinosa family decided to turn back and fight. Albert spent the next decade in hospital, losing a leg, a lung and part of his liver.
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Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian "Humorous Spanish books about cancer" is probably a small section at your library. Aged 14, Albert Espinosa was a typical football-obsessed schoolboy from Barcelona. Then doctors found a malignant bone tumour in his left leg. Just as they reached the airport to jet off for one last holiday together, the Espinosa family decided to turn back and fight.
Albert spent the next decade in hospital, losing a leg, a lung and part of his liver. He learned to walk four times and endured gruelling amounts of chemotherapy — 83 sessions, to be precise. It became a bestseller around Europe, shifting 1m copies. Having lost their hair because of chemo, the young patients take ownership of their baldness, styling themselves as a cool gang called the Eggheads. They talk into the small hours, sharing pain-coping strategies and street wisdom.
Espinosa watched 22 fellow patients, mainly teenagers, die from the disease but is never maudlin about it. The Eggheads made a pact that "if one of us were to die, we would share out their life" by acting on their dying wishes.
Espinosa now carries with him the desires and dreams of 3. Hospital staff make vivid cameos. A 7ft-tall physiotherapist preaches "the art of positive wanking". A nurse strokes his big toe comfortingly. The night before the amputation, he does just that, inviting people with a connection to his left leg. They all tell stories about the limb, touch it and give it a send-off.
He dances on it one last time. While some ideas are interesting say, mastering anxiety within 30 minutes , others are clangingly obvious. Espinosa advises changing the way you laugh every two years. At times, I felt like advising him to do something less printable. Apparently, fans get tattoos of their favourite quotations, especially "Trust your dreams and they will come true", and send photos to the delighted author. You might as well ink your body with the contents of a fortune cookie or bumper sticker.
He encourages the reader to seek out their own "yellows" — special people who touch our lives, transform us for the better. We each have 23 — that number again.
Things get downright irritating when he advises readers actively to seek out these 23 yellows, giving tips on how to spot and approach them. Fertile hunting grounds include airports. A key part of bonding is caressing, cuddling and sleeping next to them. I found myself wishing Espinosa had written a straightforward memoir, rather than using his experiences as a launch pad for this mystic mumbo-jumbo.
His story is fascinating enough, without bolting on all the faux-profound, self-help hokum.
Shelves: let-down , books-i-own , my-opinion I was expecting this to be more of an autobiography. Unfortunately these lists that Albert Espinosa made and that this book consists of were alle over the place and not really my cup of tea. This whole concept of "the yellows" was also really weird and most of the time not even comprehensible. They were between about 8 and 14 years old, and were in the hospital for varying reasons. The 8 year old was in a coma after kids dared him to jump off the highest diving board into the pool in exchange for him forming part of their group.
The Yellow World
Biography[ edit ] Espinosa was born in Barcelona , Spain, on 5 November At the age of 14, he was diagnosed with cancer and spent the next ten years in and out of hospitals. The author of several screenplays and novels, he has also written and acted in plays and television series. His work has been described as combining the fantastic, tenderness and humour.