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on 1 September 2017
An inspiration for being patient and also a sorry indictment of human cruelness when it comes to caring for our most vulnerable.
Such a well written 'cannot put down' read that brought a tear on occasions.
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on 15 September 2017
This is one of those books that has the power to affect lives. It reminds us of what is important and what can be achieved. It opens eyes to what might lie within anyone.
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on 5 March 2015
A great story by a truly inspirational human being..
for me the emotion in his writing began when he met his Soulmate-I would have liked more
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on 25 April 2015
great read
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on 23 June 2015
splendid read
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on 12 May 2017
This book just captivated me. It was so amazing to go through Martin's life with him, the ups and the downs, the successes and failures. What a wonderful ending. You will feel enriched after reading this book.
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on 25 October 2015
Amazing true story and yet very worrying that this could happen and still be happening to others.
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on 23 February 2017
I wish everyone saw the colours of the world and appreciated the little things as Martin does. I am so glad Martin was honest about all aspects of his life. A great read.
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on 19 February 2015
Being mentally aware of everything that is happening and not being able to communicate your distress when abused or frightened must be the worst feeling in the world. This was a daily occurrence for Martin who was a normal healthy boy until an illness when he was 12 resulted in him being mute and unable to walk - it was thought that he had suffered irreparable brain damage. It was only when of one of his care workers took the trouble to spend time with him and notice the very subtle (almost invisible and not consistent) responses to her interactions with him that he was eventually assessed and helped to communicate. This is his story - about the time when he 'awoke' to find himself trapped and unable to communicate in a body he couldn't control, the road to communication, employment and meeting and marrying the love of his life. - Wonderful, inspiring but also a horrific reminder of how cruel and callous some people in the care industry can be with their charges. This wasn't an easy read, it reminded me of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (but with a better outcome) - no one should be dismissed or ignored just because they have disabilities - we can never really be sure what the human brain is capable of. As this book shows it may look like there is no response or intelligence but there might in fact be a fully rational person locked in and silently screaming to be recognised and understood. An absolute must read for anyone who has an interest the caring for people with disabilities. 4.5 stars recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 1 August 2011
One Saturday morning a while back, I turned on the car radio. It was turned to radio four where an interviewer was conversing with someone using a speech synthesiser to reply. At first I suspected it was an interview with Prof Steven Hawking but the voice intonation was different as was the subject. It turned out to be an interview with Martin Pistorius. Following listening to the programme I came home, went straight on line and ordered the book. I was swallowed up in it's depths immediately.

In 1988 aged 12 Martin became ill with a disease that no one could diagnose nor cure nor even delay as it totally shut down his entire body and higher brain. In a few months he was wheelchair bound and unable to interact with the world in anyway. He was not expected to live.

What nobody was aware of was that at some point along the way Martin's mind started to awaken once more, leaving him aware but trapped inside an unresponsive shell of a body.
Amazingly some 10 years later, a visiting aromatherapist felt that Martin was, at some level, aware and responsive. Despite the experts original dismissive attitude, Martin's parents strove to have him assessed. It soon began to become clear that inside this non-functioning body was a mind as intelligent and alert as it had once been.

Martin's abilities and desire to communicate with the world around him along with his parent's beliefs in him helped him forge his way back from the dark world in habited as a ghost boy and to emerge once more into the light of a life where he could learn, teach, travel, meet, fall in love with and ultimately marry the woman who had fallen in love with him too.

This book is truly amazing; not simply because of the subject matter of Martin's life but for all the nuances - some dark, some light - which pepper the fabric of his story.
A soul lifting story of a struggle, the type of which none of us can ever truly understand for ourselves.
A five star read.
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