Thursday, August 17, 2006

Born on a Blue Day

I literally finished reading this book a few hours ago.

Daniel's Tammet's story is both moving and inspiring on a multitude of levels for all those who are considered different --- irrelevant of which form that difference might manifest itself.

He is a truly remarkable man with an even more remarkable support network.

It is not often that I genuinely feel intense emotions when reading and I admit that a few times I literally had to put the book down and walk away from it for a while.

Highly recommended.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

In another just released book, Strange Son, a very unusual young man named Tito who falls on the opposite end of the autism spectrum, shares his equally unusual experience of the world. Tito is severely autistic and nonverbal and yet, astoundingly, he has a high IQ and writes poetry. One hopes that these two books appearing on the scene at nearly the same moment in history, suggests that we are on the verge of a new understanding of the autism spectrum disorders; an understanding that comes from the inside out instead of from the theories and hypotheses of "experts". While the biological causes of autism still remain undiscovered, these firsthand accounts are not only the most valuable tool scientists have to study autism, they are the beginnings of a new understanding of autism for us all. Although the wide-ranging abilities and expressions of the human mind never cease to amaze us, the opportunity to glimpse the world through the unique consciousness of these two young men offers a dazzling and unexpected gift like none that we have encountered in recent memory.