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I appreciated the organized and thoughtful nature of this book. Autism is described here vividly and with passion, narratively and grippingly. Davin describes her own experiences and childhood openly, and includes images which serve to add an even greater element here. There are details shared here that paint this author and her family for the reader. As an educator, I was especially interested in the school experiences described in the book.
By the end of this book, we realize that we are encountering a wonderfully-told story of overcoming obstacles, and there is a “full circle” feel by the end. Being Seen is a story that includes triumph.
I recommend this book as a powerful memoir, and (recognizing I have referenced being a teacher a few times throughout this review) I would encourage anyone to read this book, whether they work in education or not. This book is the gift of someone’s story, and a glimpse of someone’s life, complete with descriptions of what has shaped the author and explorations of the relationships she has formed.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The detailed telling of the author's inner experience in all her stages of life illuminated for me:
1. What it's been like for the author to live with autism
2. The author's experience as an immigrant
3. How it feels to be an outsider who is very aware she is different but never quite understands why
This is not a just a book about autism. It's an interesting life story told in such a way that it helped increase my understanding the different inner experiences that might be going on with a person I see on the bus or riding a bike down the street. It is a very worthwhile and compelling read.
In a very honest and open memoir, Anlor Davin tells her story of being diagnosed of autism at 46 and the struggles and difficulties she had to deal with her whole life. Still, she succeeded to move in a new country, from France to the US, learn a new language, worked, although only for short periods of time and has a big boy that mostly stayed with her. In fact, it is nothing to wonder about, because there were cases of persons with different manifestations on the autism spectrum that won the Nobel Prize - like Thomas Südhof, for instance. The problem may be usually be of the direct environment, particularly family, and the social interactions in general, at school or at work. The role of the diagnosis is very important because it may help the parents and siblings to deal correctly with the many challenges and can help the autistic person as well to balance and counter the difficulties in the everyday life.
Unfortunately, Anlor Davin hadn't this chance and most of her life she was alone against the rest of the world. Reading his struggles and achievements it looks like an outstanding success. Moving often, interacting with many people, always careful to observe what was going on and the other people's reactions, although lacking the key to understand the reasons why they behave in a specific way. She found her peace in Zen meditation and also had once in a while the chance to meet the right persons at the right time to help her or just listen to her.
The writing is simple but what matters is the inspiration of the story. A recommended lecture to anyone that wants to better understand autism and those living with it.
Disclaimer: Book offered by the publisher in exchange of an honest review