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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; 1 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611450225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611450224
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In short chapters, some including evocative prose poems, Mukhopadhyay, a severely autistic adolescent whose mother painstakingly taught him how to read and write, introduces the reader to his daily inner life. Sometimes his thoughts are compulsive—he misses an entire film while mentally drawing diagonals across every one of the design squares on the cinema's ceiling—and sometimes fragmented, as when looking at a bucket: I might easily get distracted by its redness, since it would remind me of how my hands bled when I had fallen from a swing, how I was so absorbed in that red that I had forgotten about my pain, and how that red resembled a hibiscus.... Mukhopadhyay reflects on autism without romanticizing it, acknowledging my physical and neurological limitations and declaring, I am not worried about hell because I have experienced it here on earth. Occasionally, his writing is somewhat sketchy, but for the most part this is an eye-opening book on a serious disorder and the hope that other autistic children can learn to transcend it through education and imaginative self-reflection. (Jan.)
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About the Author

Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay was diagnosed in early childhood with severe or low functioning non-verbal autism. He communicates primarily through writing and has learned to develop his reading, writing, and thinking abilities. The national organization Autism Speaks sponsored Tito and his mother, Soma, to come to the United States so he could participate in scientific trials. Tito is now an accomplished writer. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Customer Reviews

Great read for those interested in the thinking of a boy with Autism.
Alison S. Henderson
This book makes it clear that autism is not a disability of the mind but rather an alternate way of perceiving the world around us.
Lisa Helt
One theme throughout the book is the patience, perseverance and belief in her son that Tito's mother had throughout his childhood.
Teacher Mom in AZ

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Helt on January 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was one of the best books I have read about autism. I feel like I understand my son (with autism) so much more than I did before. The author was excellent at helping us understand how he perceives the world. It is amazing to me how much people with autism are misunderstood. This book makes it clear that autism is not a disability of the mind but rather an alternate way of perceiving the world around us. This book is a must read!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Todd C. Rhea on January 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
An inspirational and poetic story that gives a unique window into the perceptions and experiences of a non-verbal autistic boy from a very young age through young adulthood. Also, this book tells a wonderful story of Tito's mother Soma, who along with Tito, gave up their family, culture and daily comforts in search of a way to allow Tito to communicate and share his world. This search led to a lifetime of work and sacrifice which has resulted in Tito being able to share his life with us through this book. Tito wonderfully describes the misconception of autism as a "disease" rather than a "disability", and the perhaps misplaced need for families, and indeed society, to find a "cure" for autism rather than focusing on maximizing the true (and often hidden) potential of autistic persons through meaningful education, support, dignity and respect. This story is a rare, first person account of Tito's growing up with autism and being able to perceive and understand the world around him, while at the same time being unable to communicate his experiences until learning to write. Tito sums up his story with, ". . . I feel blessed for being what I am." We are blessed and privileged to share his story.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Smurphy on July 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is my first book review - EVER. I really hope that Tito reads these reviews. I want so badly to tell him how this book has effected my whole perception of autism even having read so many other books about the subject. My nine year old daughter has autism and a MR diagnosis and is still non-verbal. I have so longed to understand her world and reading this felt like a breath of fresh air and truth. It is moving, revealing and beautifully written. Because of this book and the voice of many other people with autism, I have now begun to communicate with my daughter through spelling on a keyboard. WOW! No words, but to say that reading this book was an enormous inspiration to look beyond what anyone thought was possible for a non-verbal severely affected child with autism. I read her some of the book and she said she liked it. When I asked why she typed: "I like that he is like me". The whole world needs to know the truth about autism and this book paves the way to a much deeper understanding! Brilliant!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Stacey M. Lewis on January 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a front row seat on a journey through the mind of a phenomenal young man ! Tito articulately and artistically addresses some of the most common misconceptions about Autism ! Many things this author wrote about from his own experiences I found similar to my own son who is autistic. Tito offers his readers a unique outlook on autism . One that the rest of the world needs to take a good long look at!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I. Fernandez on February 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It was an awesome book! I loved his earlier book "The mind tree" and this book is just as good. Tito's early and vivid memories of his childhood at such a young age is truly amazing!

His poetic and visual writings allow me to see things from his point of view and opens a window into the world of autism through his eyes.

His book is truly a voice and a wake up call to all those who don't believe in the hidden intelligence that the mayority of people with autism possess. It's really a matter of opening our eyes and forcing us as society to look beyond the physical, what we see on the outside. The famous old saying "don't judge a book by it's cover" truly applies to autism.

Thank you Tito for continuing to teach us to look beyond the superficial and into the soul of the person. You are so blessed to have had Soma in your live and we are so Blessed to have her in our kid's life. Thank you for sharing her with the world! She truly is amazing as you are.

Ivonne Fernandez (CA)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on January 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Tito is a gifted young man and an equally gifted poet. His work gives readers insight into his experience with severe autism. Tito's mother Soma, a tireless advocate for people with autism has worked like a soldier on his behalf using a communication board consisting of cut-out letters and punctuation marks. Her tireless efforts paid dividends - in 1994, Tito, then 6 was not only reading fluently, he was writing poems.

For many people with autism who are nonverbal or marginally verbal, synthesizing words that are heard into speech can be challenging. The more severely one is affected, the greater is the challenge in decoding words into separate units of communication. This applies to many people with more severe autism.

Soma and Tito left India and everything and everybody they knew to come to the United States. Their mission was to make Soma's method of teaching people with severe autism known. Iversen's son Dov was also severely autistic and nonverbal. Soma and Tito worked with Dov and in time, Dov's math prowess and communicative skills became apparent. Dov's story is featured in Strange Son.

While Tito calls autism a "disease," it is not. Rather, it is a neurobiological condition that affects sensory processing and/or integration and communication to varying degrees. It is not AUTISM that needs to be cured so much as it is intolerance towards those who have autism. While such a cure would indeed be wonderful, so would the end of intolerance and rude portrayals of people with autism as prodigious savant stereotypes.
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