There exist countless writings and thought on autism but that writing seems inherently to come from outside observation as autism is characterized by an extreme difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication. What makes The Mind Tree so astonishing is that its author Rajarshi Mukhopadyay, who goes by Tito, was diagnosed as a child with a deep case of autism. Tito describes his experience with poetic wonder and Sanjiv Jhaveri performs these reflections with earnestness. Jhanveru seems invested in Tito’s story and unique perspective. This audiobook presents a unique viewpoint of life through the difficulties and joys of a young man growing up with a fascinating and often misunderstood disorder.
Eloquent. Philosophical. Introspective. These are not the words usually associated with an autistic child. But in a remarkable display of courage and creativity, a boy named Tito has shattered stereotypes, and in The Mind Tree makes us question all of our previous assumptions about autism. For Tito is severely autistic and nearly nonverbal, and this is his story.
©2011 National Autistic Society (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I'm autistic and love love love this book. It resonates in ways that are both heartening and heartbreaking. He finds words for things I've felt and couldn't express. Read this over Temple Grandin or really most other "autism autobiographies".
Skip the intro though, it's like the person writing it didn't read the book at all - they reproduce all the stereotypes, paternalism, isolation, and invalidation that Tito repeatedly chronicles and critiques.
My favorite parts are the last two ("The Mind Tree" and the poems), and I recommend starting there. The other parts are interesting and well written but the first half especially can drag on at times.
I also recommend getting this book in print rather than audio, just because of the way it's written, but the audiobook is great too, and the narration is fantastic.
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