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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's Paperback – September 9, 2008
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The two main things about this book that stood out for me (from beginning to end) were: (1) Mr. Robison doesn't give many clues about how he expects the reader to react to his stories. In other words, you get to make your own judgments - whether about his legal and illegal pranks or about his decision to not get involved with groupies (for two examples). He doesn't spend much time defending his behavior and he isn't dogmatic about what's right and what's wrong. (2) He thinks a lot and in unusual ways. As I read about his sometimes-elaborate thought processes, I remembered what a friend told me long ago: "If you're confused, good! It means you're thinking!" And I pondered some of the social conflicts in my own life caused by what others have characterized as "thinking too much."
In chapter 26 "Units One Through Three," Mr. Robison hilariously describes in frank terms the thought processes he went through when choosing his wife. ("Choosing" isn't the right word, but I promised myself I wouldn't write any spoilers into my review.Read more ›
The author: 1. makes numerous friends during adolescence, finding (as he describes it) acceptance and comfort in the music scene of his community. 2. makes a romantic connection during this time, sustaining a long-term relationship, including (later) marriage and a child. 4. states that he does not like small talk, does not like change. When does he become aware of this? As he is on tour with the worlds biggest rock band (He is reminded of his small-talk aversion later in the book...when he succeeds in the corporate world, functioning as both a creative asset and supervisor.) The biggest dilemma in the book: should he remain a business executive...or, should he open and run his own business?
Wow. Turns out that Asperger's is fun and empowering...assuming, of course, that you're a socially-adaptable techno-genius with highly marketable engineering skills.
'Look Me in the Eye' does make for a fascinating window into Asperger's Syndrome. However, if you are purchasing this book, please bear in mind: few people (and I mean very few people, including neuro-typicals) are as high-functioning as the author. This is a memoir by someone with Asperger's Syndrome, not an educational tool about it.
Think for a minute about the sound of nails on a chalkboard. To many normals, the sound is something to make you grit your teeth and wish for its absence. To Aspergians, the sound can range from absolutely intolerable to pleasant, depending on how their particular affect of the syndrome perceives it. This difference in perception is one reason it's so hard for Aspergians to relate to the world.
John Elder Robison has given us a solid look at what it's like to be an Aspergian. He points out that the syndrome gives as well as takes. Although he had a difficult time as a child and adolescent only partly due to his Asperger's (he was afflicted with a pair of nutcase parents, which is the last thing anyone with Asperger's needs), his gifts for 'hearing' a sound and then being able to construct devices to make that sound a reality gave him successful careers as a tech wizard working with the sound systems and instruments of the rock group KISS, among others; and a successful career (as defined by the mundanes) as an engineer for Parker Brothers in the very early days of electronic games and early game consoles.Read more ›
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After every page I became more and more fascinated with the author's story. What a life! It's amazing where he's been and who he's been. Read morePublished 1 day ago by deb
Loved this book. As the mom of an Aspie, this rang many bells!Published 2 days ago by Nancy Childers
If you've ever known any one on the autism spectrum, especially Aspergers, don't miss this book. It opened my eyes to the challenges. Read morePublished 3 days ago by J. Heath
Great look at what many individuals must live with on a daily basis. I congratulate John Elder for his frank description of struggles but also successes of someone with Asperger. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Pat Pantel
Insightful and interesting.
And informative intro into Asberger's world and the author's life
A time less book for all parents with and without children, Seems these days every child has a tad of Aspergers. Adults,too.Published 3 days ago by DR. JULIE MAYO JOHNSTON
I have a grandson who has Asperger's syndrome and found this book very helpful. I bought a copy for his parents to read.Published 4 days ago by Silverqueen
It was amazing to hear about Aspergers from someone who is living with it.Published 6 days ago by lovesbooks
Fabulous. Couldn't put it down. I learned so much. God bless John Elder.Published 8 days ago by Judy Weiss