Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism Hardcover – July 11, 2017
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“[Naoki Higashida’s] success as a writer now transcends his diagnosis. . . . His relative isolation—with words as his primary connection to the outside world—has allowed him to fully develop the powers of observation that are necessary for good writing, and he has developed rich, deep perspectives on ideas that many take for granted. . . . The diversity of Higashida’s writing, in both subject and style, fits together like a jigsaw puzzle of life put in place with humor and thoughtfulness.”—The Japan Times
“Profound insights about what the struggle of living with autism is really like . . . Once again, the invitation to step inside Higashida’s mind is irresistible.”—London Evening Standard
“Naoki Higashida’s lyrical and heartfelt account of his condition is a gift to anyone involved with the same challenges. . . . Higashida shows a delicate regard for the difficulties his condition creates . . . and is adept at explaining his experiences in language that makes sense to neurotypicals.”—The Guardian
“Wise and witty, [Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8] offers a second insider’s insight into the mysteries of non-verbal autism—but this time from the vantage point of a young adult. . . . Moving . . . Higashida’s reflections are at times refreshingly hard-nosed [and] his self-awareness is uplifting.”—Financial Times
“[Naoki Higashida’s] thoughtful, syntactically complex writing puts the lie to the already dubious characterization of such individuals as ‘low-functioning.’”—Toronto Star
“Vibrant . . . In Mitchell and Yoshida’s deft translation, Higashida conveys this isolating mindset and his yearnings for connection and self-expression, in direct, evocative prose—his compulsive, restless motion, he writes, is ‘instinctual, like a wild animal running over a wide plain’—that provides readers with a window into a previously unknowable world.”—Publishers Weekly
“Illuminating . . . Higashida writes with confidence about his many interests, including nature and mathematics, and ‘the immutable beauties of autism,’ and he reckons himself lucky to be wired as he is. . . . Autism is a mysterious neurological condition. . . . Higashida gives us a thoughtful view of the art of living well in its shadow.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The book rightfully challenges the methods and attitudes that prevail in supporting people with autism. It is rich in metaphor. . . . Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 should be read by many beyond the circle of parents seeking to understand their child. It places Mr. Higashida among the first rank of gifted writers, not just writers with autism.” —The Economist
About the Author
David Mitchell is the author of seven novels, including Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks, and, most recently, Slade House. KA Yoshida was born in Yamaguchi, Japan, and specialized in English poetry at Notre Dame Seishin University. KA Yoshida and David Mitchell live in Ireland with their two children.
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812997392
- ISBN-10 : 0812997395
- Product Dimensions : 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
- Publisher : Random House; First Edition (July 11, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #546,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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