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Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant Paperback – October 16, 2007
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"Artists and poets would give their best simile to perceive things with the same kind of vividness...For anyone interested in the workings of a truly 'beautiful mind,' Born on a Blue Day is a banquet."
-- Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Tammet, now 28, manages the feat of introspection -- and self-insight. His book brims with humanity. His approach is honest, eloquent, at times funny, and completely free of pity."
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"With all due respect to Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and any living Nobel laureates, the most remarkable mind on the planet just might belong to Daniel Tammet...Tammet displays a surprising level of sensitivity -- and a refreshing lack of sentimentality -- in an account that inspires even as it astonishes."
-- Entertainment Weekly
"Remarkable, revealing, and nearly flawless."
-- The Raleigh News & Observer
About the Author
Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist, and educator. A 2007 poll of 4,000 Britons named him as one of the world's "100 living geniuses." His last book, the New York Times bestseller Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant, has been translated into 18 languages. He lives in Avignon, France.
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My sister read was reading this book at the same time I did and loved it. She found it fascinating and compelling in its entirety.
Summary: This book isn't for everyone. Make sure to give it a try if you're interested in Savant-ism, Aspergers, or Synesthesia. It's a different kind of beast altogether.
It's amazing to have someone speak so candidly about their past, thoughts, dreams, relationships. This book gave me a whole new perspective -- not only on the way an autistic person sees things, but also on how different people live their lives. Daniel has an amazing mind. It's fascinating to hear about how it works. I found it equally fascinating to hear about the people he has relationships with, specifically his boyfriend, parents and sibblings, because they seem to be equally extraordinary people too.
Thank you Daniel for sharing yourself with us. I would (and have!) recommended this book to friends and family.
Read this book if you are looking to be inspired and are looking to explore new perspectives of people with disabilities and how they see the world.
I find it interesting how he can describe his mathematical abilities so clearly.
How has Tammet succeeded despite his hardship? The answers are in 'Blue Day': the patience of his parents; the social interaction with eight siblings; the love and support of his partner; and, frankly, some plain old courage and gumption on Tammet's part. After completing school, he volunteers to teach English and is sent abroad to Lithuania. It's there his talent for languages flourishes.
Getting on that plane took a lot of guts. Mr. Tammet possesses them. Read about it here.
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Daniel was different from the moment he entered the world screaming. For. Over. Two. Years.Read more