One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism
Written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book explains the often baffling behaviour of autistic children and shows the way they think and feel – such as about the people around them, time and beauty, noise, and themselves. Naoki abundantly proves that autistic people do possess imagination, humour and empathy, but also makes clear, with great poignancy, how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.
David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki’s book so that it might help others dealing with autism, and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. Like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, it gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective.
This book is not a book, it is magic. It’s a genuine treasure, a miracle. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in autism, or even those who don’t particularly! I think it is really eye-opening, and it definitely changed the way I think about autistic people.
It also made me more interested in other disabilities and also mental illnesses. They are truly fascinating.
I love the format of the book – it is set out in a question/answer format. Some questions I was more interested in than others, so I focused on them.
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