Review of A Face From Uranus

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Review of A Face From Uranus

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[Following is an official review of "A Face From Uranus" by Tedd Burr, Henry Bellamann, Lenny Pinna.]
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5 out of 5 stars
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A Face From Uranus is a fascinating book focusing mainly on the correspondence between Tedd Burr and Henry Bellamann between 1943 and 1945. They both wrote extensive letters that told more of Tedd's life than Henry's. From the letters, Tedd was a young boy of 19 years, born in Bellevue, who grew up to realize he had affection for his fellow man and desired to be a girl. He was so girly in manner, conscious of his dresses, and wore makeup to look good. After reading about Drake McHugh and Jamie Wakefield, he became concerned and decided to write to Henry Bellamann. He enjoyed the company of girls; hence, his favorite friends were Dorothy and Jeanne. These two girls discovered his goodness in writing and supported him well.

When Tedd wrote to Bellamann, he got brutal replies. They sent each other photographs along with their letters to help with their understanding. Tedd wrote an exciting autobiography of himself, which he sent to Bellamann, but he constructively criticized the work. Tedd was very grateful for the numerous responses and practical measures he got from Bellamann. Find out more about their correspondence when you read A Face From Uranus.

I truly enjoyed reading this exciting book that Lenny Pinna edited. I learned a lot of things from this book, such as being open-minded when hearing people's opinions. The quotes Bellamann used while he wrote letters to Tedd were the most intuitive. He offered solutions to Tedd in the wisest way through his constructive and critical responses to him. That was the best way to help an adult like Tedd.

I loved the perseverance of Bellamann toward Tedd; he patiently followed him through the letters. Gladly, he recommended some books and offered him some practical measures. I also enjoyed the photographs used in the book; they made the book more real and helped my imagination. It was pretty interesting viewing them! I also enjoyed reading the letters from Tedd; I admired his uniqueness and love for femininity. His stories captivated me and made the book more interesting.

The neutrality of Henry Bellamann over Tedd's sexual desire wowed me. He resisted every urge to judge him, as he understood Tedd had a choice as a human. I understood the work of a true leader when he courageously criticized Tedd's book for being wrong and hence requiring improvement. From this book, I realized that the value of true friendship cannot be overemphasized. Before the end of their correspondence, Tedd grew into a more mature, cheerful, and intelligent boy.

I could not find any reason to dislike this book. It was all shades of excellence and beautiful writing. I must commend the author for such an excellent book. It was organized and exceptionally well-edited, with no grammatical errors. Hence, I rate it 5 out of 5 stars because of its exceptionality and underlying lessons. Finally, I recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading controversial books on identity. I also recommend this book to older audiences rather than younger ones because of the presence of some sexual discussions and profanities.

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