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It's truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid.
Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine.
Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within. Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know.
His insights--into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory--are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.
In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki's words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind.
Naoki's book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared. Of course, there's a wide range of behavior here; that's why 'on the spectrum' has become such a popular phrase.
But by listening to this voice, we can understand its echoes. This book takes about ninety minutes to read, and it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human.
Constructed in a series of questions and answers, interspersed with short fictional stories, Higashida gallantly attempts to explain why he and others with autism do the things they do, which often confound caretakers and onlookers.
He bares his heart by putting forth the questions people ask, or long to ask-such as "why do you talk so loudly and weirdly? Higashida often achieves a clarity and wisdom that is surprising for such a young person, like when he suggests that autism should be viewed as simply another personality type.
Other times the reader is reminded of his age, when he earnestly pleads on behalf of himself and others with autism for understanding and patience. The result is a mixture of invaluable anecdotal information, practical advice and whimsical self-expression. This is imperative for Higashida because, as he so elegantly puts it, "being able to share what I think allows me to understand that I, too, exist in this world as a human being.
Review by Library Journal Review This is the fascinating, frenetic, and emotionally affecting autobiography of a year-old Japanese boy on the autistic spectrum.
Ably introduced and translated by writer David Mitchell, who himself has a son with autism, it is presented in the form of brief answers to innocuous questions posed by laypersons, such as, "Why do you hum all the time? While Higashida's responses are often posited as "typical" for "us kids with autism," listeners should be aware that they stem from one perceptive and astute individual.
Narrator Tom Picasso relays an excellent balance of eagerness and innocence. VERDICT This exceptional listen will find an appreciative audience among all individuals affected by autism as it succeeds wildly at creating empathy and understanding.
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