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Dafydd Bach: Death of Innocence: The Compendium (My Life of Autism and Asperger's Syndrome: Dafydd Tomos, Hyswain) (Volume 1)
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From the point of Welsh and British history alone it's a worthy read. David family are victims of the white feather campaign. His grandmother and aunt die at the hands of an arsonist. It's a heartbreaking story on many levels.
Many of his family members have autism and asperger's. Several are savants with uncanny talent, but there's a family secret: a psychic ability which has left David with--among other things--an ability to pick winning horses for an employer, and to draw people to the family church with a gift for music.
Do I believe his grandfather (who was nonverbal) could communicate telepathically with him as a child? Yes. Only because I've experienced telepathy first hand and know it to be a reality. This won't be the case for many readers. So please keep an open mind and when things seem unbelievable keep reading. You'll be glad you did.
This is an important book for one other reason: it is a memoir about the bullying and prejudice a child with autism and aspergers endured in school. It is a miracle he survived to write this book. My heart broke for the little boy that he was; I wanted to see his headmaster arrested for inciting violence against him. It was a violence that almost took his life many times, and this was the loss of innocence.
The Epilogue consists of a series of many questions the author answers about Asperger's and Autism.
It's written in the voice of someone with Asperger's Syndrome: Long sentences and all the extra details may make it harder for some readers to follow. I found it entertaining and at times lyrical.
I would give this book a higher rating. but it could benefit from a talented editor. The writing and narrative are stronger in patches. (It deserves a great editor.) I encourage the author to find one for the next revision, although I know he's moved on to writing other books.
A side note: I wrote the author about a few passages that repeated. He was in the process of editing so other readers may not have the same problem.