I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
An interesting memoir, partially translated by David Mitchell, and written by a 13 yo Japanese boy with autism. If you teach, live with, know someone who has autism or an autistic child this is (or at least was for me) an insightful glimpse into the struggles and perspectives of a child with autism.
Another reminder that there are multiple ways to experience the world. Too often it seems that we have boundaries and expectations about what it means to be normal. Not all of us see the dress as Blue/Black or White/Gold. Some of us can feel the dress and some of us don't see anything at all. The more tolerant and understanding we become of the diversity of people, I believe, the better the experience we have on this blue rock will be.
Kea Giles (Asmus)
Great book with insights from a 13-yr-old autistic boy --well written and great to listen to.
I believe that this book is a genuine look into the world of autism from the perspective of a reflective self-aware autistic adolescent. I found this book to be refreshing and insightful because it's focus is awareness. I appreciated the fact that it was free from bias & hidden agendas!
This book confirms much of what I have known most of my life but was unable to verbalize... a profoundly accurate description of the mysterious inner world of an autistic. The longer I listened to this young man's personal experience the more at ease and able to accept my own experience I became. I wanted to go out and immediately purchase a copy for everyone who knows me so they could see the daily struggles of myself and other brave souls on the autism spectrum. How desperately we just want to be loved and accepted the way we are... and to be included rather than excluded because we interact differently. Thank you Naoki for this inspirational book!
People consider autism a disability and yet, it is a gift. People with autism all seem to have different ways of experiencing the world in ways that a non-autistic person is not able. Some feel textures and are able to become the object, some have gifts of musical or artistic ability. This is a Q&A written by a young man with autism in Japan who answers popular questions about being a person with autism. He is remarkable and gives us answers to questions that help others know what it is like to live with autism. It is a fast read, well worth your time. If everyone just took the time to understand autism and other disabilities, what a different world this would be....
Everyone should read this book, Period.
Whether you know someone with autism or not.
Whether you are interested in how the brain works or not.
It was interview style. Why do you do X? Because...
It wasn't a story or even particularly interesting. Having an autistic son myself I was hoping for some insight cloaked in a good biography but its severly lacking in both.
"If you've met one child with autism you've met one child with autism". While their was some interesting material its not applicable to even MOST autistic kids since they are so different. This book stereotypes autistic kids.
Narration was good.
Its pretty short so yes it was alright.
The naration. The narator explained well and with a sense of discriptive realism. Also,the plot kept me interested and wanting to find out "What's next".
The ending, though very emotional, it was tender and loving!
The scene when the little boy realized that he was dead.
Yes, it made me cry. It was very emotional at the end. It made me examined my life with my grand children and how I would feel if this happened in our family. I almost felt a loss. Very touching!
I really recommend this book for parents , even if you do not have a child with Autism. Also, I recommend it to educators because there are suggestions to follow in helping children with Autism. Plus after reading it you will feel that you understand a little bit more.
Straight forward, good translation, understandable, about something most of us do not understand.
"Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD" by Traci Foust is an insight into OCD that I find accessible, and leading to more understanding and compassion for people with this in their lives.
He read it very well. the language was easy and flowing. No apologies. He sounded as if the author was reading it himself.
Neither. I know Autistic people. A family member is "in the spectrum". It helps me understand something that I have lived along side my whole life. More compassion for the strides he has made considering this obstacle in his life.
I recommended this to many people.