Book completes Zappa literary breakthrough

Aug. 12, 2006 at 2:11 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Los Angeles native Ahmet Zappa has won a key battle against his dyslexia with the publication of his first book, "The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless."

The New York Post reported the publication of the 32-year-old author's initial work is the culmination of years of personal efforts to conquer the affliction, which forced Zappa to drop out of school in eighth grade.

Zappa said his school memories typically consist of embarrassing situations in which he was forced to unsuccessfully read aloud and complete homework he was incapable of understanding.

"My brain worked faster than my hands, so I really thought I was communicating what I wanted to put on paper, and it turned out that sentences would be missing, words would be missing. It felt like I was being punished and was having to do double the work," said the son of legendary guitarist Frank Zappa.

Yet over time the younger Zappa began reading more and more, until he completed work on "McFearless," a fantasy novel which the Post said Disney has already signed for a film adaptation.

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