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on 6 January 2006
This is a heart-warming book. The author, writing about his son, candidly discuss the problems, the tantrums, the obsessions, and also the glee, the energy and the boundless, if temperamental, enthusiasm. It’s realistic about the problems and pitfalls, but ends on an amazingly upbeat note.
One point that is important to note, though, and this is what I mean by 'not what it says on the tin'; it’s more philosophical treatise than biography. Each of the ten chapters use an incident as a springboard for a discussion of Joe and of autism, and what it means for the humanity of all of us. This is acutely observed and absolutely fascinating, but it is not a biography, despite what the blurb implies.
Having said that, I enjoyed it no less for that.
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on 15 May 2006
Michael Blastland provides an intelligent and compassionate account of what it means to live with autism. The anecdotes of life with his 10 year old son, Joe, are used to challenge and explore the way we come to understand and value our own experiences and to make life 'work' for us. The author uses a number of well-researched sources to supplement and shape his own reflections, so the book maintains its gravitas without losing its freshness and vitality. It is impossible to read Joe's story without being moved, engaged and educated. This is a must for those learning to live with the mentally handicapped, as well as those seeking to understand the fragility and the complexity of the mind. It's a compelling read!
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on 13 January 2006
This is a heart-warming book. The author, writing about his son, candidly discuss the problems, the tantrums, the obsessions, and also the glee, the energy and the boundless, if temperamental, enthusiasm. It’s realistic about the problems and pitfalls, but ends on an amazingly upbeat note.
One point that is important to note, though; it’s more philosophical treatise than biography. Each of the ten chapters use an incident as a springboard for a discussion of Joe and of autism, and what it means for the humanity of all of us. This is acutely observed and absolutely fascinating, but it is not a biography, despite what the blurb implies.
Having said that, I enjoyed it no less for that.
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on 9 July 2006
Excellent summaries already on this book.

Not just valuable for its insight on autism but it also challeneges the way we look at the world and our many flawed assumptions on behaviour and people.

It gets heavy about 1/3 through with supporting experts references and opinions, but stick with it.

Not just for people affetced by Autism but an insight on life and long held beliefs, for anyone.
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on 7 October 2010
I read almost all of this in one sitting. And then read it again. It managed to be both thought provoking, moving and at times very very funny.
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on 31 May 2015
Lovely book about a little boy with autism
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on 19 May 2015
A bit long winded in places.
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