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Mozart and the Whale(Chinese Edition) [Paperback]

JIE RUI NIU BO TE Jerry Newport MA LI NIU BO TE Mary Newport QIANG NI DA DE Johnny Dodd
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  • Publisher: Taiwan Commercial Press Co.. Ltd. (1 Jan 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 9570523859
  • ISBN-13: 978-9570523850
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Paperback. Pub Date: Jun Pages: 272 Language: Traditional Chinese Publisher: Taiwan Commercial Press Inc. movie Love Me (Mozart and the Whale) touching novel. A fascinating. inspirational memoirs. described a man and a woman caught in love. then Laoyanfenfei. but in the end to overcome the pressures of fame. family. and Asperger's Build a better life. Asperger's Syndrome (Asperger Syndrome) is a caused by the mental illness of the patient's social difficulties. there are many similarities between the clinical features with autism. Authors (Chief biographees) Jerry Newport and Mary Newport is not only to reunite the couple. but also two patients with Asperger's Syndrome. The book consists of two divorced as a starting point the flashback. the contents of the first-person narrative. In each chapter of the book. the two authors talked about their childhood. adolescence all sort...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book about a moving story 28 Mar 2010
Having seen the film of the same name, I was intrigued to know more about Jerry and Mary's life (Donald and Isabelle in the film). This book did not disappoint. Since both Jerry and Mary have Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, their upbringing was fraught with all the difficulties this condition brings. However, Mary in particular seemed to have an extraordinary difficult time and it is evident as the book progresses that she was deeply scared as a result. It is incredible that she coped as well as she did. After meeting Jerry, the ups and downs of their relationship are portrayed with the searing honesty you would expect from Asperger people and their difficulties are sometimes amusing, sometimes sad, but always deeply moving.

Each chapter is divided into two with events told first by Jerry and then by Mary. This works extremely well and, despite the involvement of a ghostwriter, their voices are distinctive and feel entirely their own.

Having Asperger's Syndrome myself, I salute Jerry and Mary for what they have done in writing this book. They share something of our baffling but completely wonderful condition and prove that it doesn't have to be a conventional romance to make a brilliant love story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Love Story 28 May 2013
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A good idea of a meeting between two people with Aspergers, but a bit over the top for real life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Asperger's Love Story 18 Feb 2009
By edrm
Sure thing, Jerry was so clumsy that he had found it quite hard to deal with women. However, I must say that applies to me somehow, which really embarrassed me quite a lot. I used to try in vain to ask out several girls when I was younger, but it didn't work. I still have no idea why I was so unpopular with women, but whatever reasons Jerry and I had, this kind of lonely life frustrated both Jerry and me. That's why I feel falling in love is quite a challenge to people with Asperger Syndrome(AS). Not all of them are clumsy about love, just in case.

I was quite amazed to find Jerry recognized his AS traits objectively as he saw the famous film, Rain Man. He shouted the answer to the very difficult math question Raymond was asked, which was quite embarrassing in the movie theater, though. Both Raymond and Jerry were autistic - I think this motivated him to find his AS. Both of them were very good at calculation by heart! Moreover, he came to join the organization of people with autism called AGUA(=Adult Gathering United Autism), where he met an AS woman Mary who he fell in love with and got married to! I guess that drastically changed their lives.

Not everything went well with each other; they divorced once and remarried. However, Jerry had mellowed a lot and quit shouting at Mary like he used to, which helped each other relax quite a lot. I'm sure they won't get divorced for the rest of their lives.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed 26 Sep 2010
I'm sure this book was very therapeutic for Jerry and Mary to write, but I'm not sure what it adds to the Aspergers community and those hoping to learn about Aspergers. Those reading it with that hope should be wary and are likely to be disappointed. I found this to be a list of their problems and difficulties, without much insight as to how to deal with them....and I while I felt for the sadness and difficulties they'd encountered, I didn't feel the book affered any help to those hoping to learn how to deal with similar issues. I had understood this was a love story, but 50% of the book is about their past...and when they do finally talk about their relationship it's a depressing description of the destruction of hope. I thought Mary's sections were particularly weak which is an even greater shame given the limited writings about females with Aspergers. I felt it was a shame they didn't take their story a step further to cover more details about their coping mechanisms and offer an uplifting view that Aspergers doesn't have to be a negative - it's about learning how to deal with it - and if their message is that having Aspergers is simply an ongoing list of issues, then maybe this should have been saved for their own personal therapy sessions.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painful, poignant, and hilarious: a rocky road to love 5 Mar 2007
By Lynn Harnett - Published on Amazon.com
Jerry and Mary were both adults before they learned there was a name for the way they were - Asperger's Syndrome - or "autism-lite" as Jerry dubs it. They met in middle age after a lifetime of no relationships (him) or destructive relationships (her), and their moving, painful and funny memoir starts out at their nadir - apart and suicidal.

But even as Jerry lies miserable, waiting for the 60 pills he took to do their job, he's distracted. "For an instant, I started to obsess about the number sixty, mulling over what an interesting number it is and how I never imagined I'd die because of it. Sixty is the product of 2 times 2 times 3 times 5. Sixty is the number of degrees of arc covered by the side of a hexagon inscribed inside a circle. Each side equals the radius, and the hexagon is made of six equilateral triangles linked together. Fold them all outside and you get six more, forming a total of twelve which makes a Star of David with one equilateral triangle for each tribe of Israel...."

Jerry is a numbers savant who aced an actuarial exam without the prerequisite education, but couldn't get through the interview. He's worked mostly as a courier and a cab driver. Mary is an artistic savant. Painting and music are her passions and she, too, has had a series of jobs, including cook and hairdresser.

Taking off from the lowest point, they alternate chapters, tracing their lives from childhood and the frustrations and loneliness they felt trying to fit in. Much of it is painful; attempts to cope with confusion and alienation, bullying from other children, intense family dynamics. But there are joyous moments of epiphany and accomplishment - usually alone. And there is humor throughout.

Their early relationship is wildly joyous. They delight in each other's talents and eccentricities. But when they move in together things change. Jerry is regimented and insecure; Mary is spontaneous and unpredictable. Jerry is given to terrible tantrums, Mary is plagued by depression.

By the time they marry their relationship is hanging on by sheer will, rather than compromise and understanding. Neither of them are any good at reading non-verbal cues or putting themselves in the other's place. But neither wants to be alone and there are enough good times to put off the inevitable crash and burn.

The alternating chapters illuminate one another. There are surprises - things that loom large for one go unmentioned by the other, for instance, and the honesty, brutal at times, is both disarming and uncomfortable.

We know from the beginning that they reconcile. The learning curve as they begin to manage their demons and consider one another more deliberately is affecting and admirable.

The Newports' memoir offers an intimate window on life and love with Aspergers. Their quirks and brilliance enliven the narrative and show the reader a different perspective on the world. An eye-opening, heart-wrenching read, leavened with humor and hope.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look into the lives of a couple who both suffer from Asperger's Syndrome 26 Jan 2007
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Asperger's syndrome is one of the many branches on the gnarled and crooked tree called autism. People with AS tend to be highly intelligent or creative or both, but socially inept to an extreme (and, as this book shows, sometimes hilarious) degree. Some of them, like Jerry Newport, are savants who have the ability to calculate numbers and dates. Some, like Jerry's wife Mary, have prodigious artistic talents.

Jerry met Mary at a party for adults with AS organized by Jerry's Los Angeles-based group, AGUA (Adults Gathering, United and Autistic). He had attempted to fashion a whale costume expressing his adoration of Free Willy, and she arrived in the guise of Nannerl Mozart, the brilliant musician whose life was overshadowed by her famous brother. It wasn't exactly love at first sight, but when the two realized they both kept pet cockatiels it was sealed. A scant 20 weeks later they were married, both of them experiencing an exciting sense of being fully understood and intimately acceptable that had eluded them previously.

The book is written in tandem --- first Jerry speaks, then Mary, in episodes. It can become a little confusing even for the avid reader, because of its many time jumps and some repetitions. But if you were fascinated by the movie Rainman (as Jerry was, finding in it his first real affirmation), then you will want to take in the whole saga of Mary and Jerry.

Both had miserable childhoods filled with basic misunderstandings about how the world works and major rejections by family and peers. Of the two, Mary had "lived" most. Shunted away by her parents to a strict religious cult in mid-adolescence, she had two children and many lovers, lived in caves and deserts and the streets of San Francisco. Her only successful employment was as a piano tuner. A tall attractive woman with outbursts of extroversion, she admits that having AS isn't as difficult for a woman (it's also much rarer) because snagging ordinary men isn't the same problem for autistic women as getting normal women is for autistic men.

In college, Jerry once overheard his frat brothers talking about his remarkably high incidence of first dates. He usually could charm a woman sufficient to go out for coffee but soon found her interest waning, after which he might call her numerous times without success. He had no idea what ordinary people talk about, and little empathy for the feelings of others. He once had sex with a young woman and, immediately after the act, sincerely grilled her for ways to land a date with another girl he'd been trying to meet.

Despite his education, Jerry wound up driving a cab and living in desperate loneliness. Starting AGUA was a step out of the pit. Finding Mary was a relief and a learning experience.

In marriage much of the anger that the two had left unexplored came out --- at each other. Jerry had no problems expressing it, which caused his wife to fall into deeper and more crushing depressions. Having a "60 Minutes" show focus on their unusual relationship only added salt to the wounds. How they conquered their demons and learned to live with AS and each other is an adventure worth telling.

--- Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their honesty is refreshing. 9 April 2007
By Amanda Baggs - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an honest account of growing up autistic. The authors do not, as many authors on the spectrum do, attempt to force-fit their lives into some sort of mold. They describe their lives as they were, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

In doing so, they have made a book that's easier for me as an autistic person to identify with, than a lot of the books in which people fit themselves to a mold. I loved reading about Mary's increased trouble in school during adolescence, I had the same problem, and some of the same responses to it. While it was a confusing and horrible time in my life as far as my own experience of it goes, it might have been less confusing if I'd had a book like this at the time. If Mary Newport reads this, I want to thank her for writing about that.

I also like their unflinching looks at their flaws. The ability to look at oneself honestly without shying away from the bad parts is something I have admired, and wanted to emulate, for some time.

The most important thing that I got out of this book, more than the many complex details in the lives of the authors, was the honesty, the ability to tell it like it was to the best of the authors' ability. I am glad they wrote it, and glad to read it: It is a refreshing change from a lot of what's out there in the world of autism literature.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent and thoughtful perspective on life, love, and Asperger Syndrome 19 Feb 2007
By E. Raphael - Published on Amazon.com
Jerry Newport and Mary Meinel Newport's Mozart and the Whale is an honest and engrossing account of two adults on the spectrum who meet, fall in love, and don't necessarily live happily ever after. This affecting memoir manages to be both bluntly candid and romantic: while the Newports clearly love each other, love is not at first enough for two such complex people. One of the most valuable contributions this book makes is its demonstration of the social and emotional learning that can go on well into adulthood, learning that makes the Newports' second try at marriage more successful.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars [...] review of Mozart and the Whale 19 Jan 2007
By Alexander Plank - Published on Amazon.com
Is there such a thing as a soul mate; another person who is destined to be with you? For Jerry Newport and Mary Newport, the answer is `yes.' Mozart and the Whale: An Asperger's Love Story details the relationship of two Aspies (individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of Autism) who fall in love at first sight. This touching story chronicles their life of misunderstanding and loneliness leading up to and beyond the moment they met, which changed them both forever.

Mozart and the Whale is a compelling tale about the power of love and its ability to overcome everything, even among two individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. But the story it tells is something to which we can all relate. It provides hope to those of us who have been lonely our entire lives. Perhaps we will one day be able to experience true love, when we least expect it.

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