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This review is from: Changeling: The Autobiography of Mike Oldfield (Hardcover)
I love Biographies/Autobiographies - I don't know why, maybe I should get a life. There have only been two (terrible) Biographies that I have been unable to finish - I'm glad to say this isn't one of them. This is a GREAT book!
Starting with his "rebirth" we follow Mike's dificult path to the creation of Tubular Bells and beyond. There's plenty of turmoil on the way.
Mike's writing style is very naive and very unsophisticated - this is no criticism. What is does do is make the honesty that much sharper to the point of being painful.
I don't want to give away too much of the book because you really must read it for yourself - like one other reviewer I read this in one sitting - something I've only done with a handful of books. The standalone chapter on Spirituality was, for me, particularly interesting.
Being "left out", being "an outsider" and "a stranger in a strange land", together with an extraordinary musical ability spell out one thing to me, and Mike may be unaware of it himself - these are very strong indications of Asperger's Syndrome. If you read this review Mike - buy yourself "The Essential Difference" by Simon Baron-Cohen - it might just explain everything :)