This was a very interesting book about Savant Syndrome, synesthesia and autism. I liked Tammet's accounts of learning Icelandic and memorizing the number pi up to over 22,500 digits.
his skill and journey overcoming all odds is fascinating but the story itself really rambles quite a bit...
Precious first-hand recount of a young man's life with Asperger's. So interesting and so moving.
I came across this book in the book fair and bought it simply because I got interested in autism after "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime". Therefore, when I was reading this book, I had no background information of Daniel Tammet, I had no idea how extraordinary he is. But in a way, it's good to start the book without any preconception, as you would be able to experience the incapability Daniel encountered in his childhood and adolescence.
One major message this autobiography conveyed is that autism is a mix of abilities and disabilities. Patients are generally in lack of interpersonal and communication skills, but they are talented in other areas like maths, arts, language, music etc. Therefore, they should not be viewed as disabled. From the book, I've actually realized that some "disabilities" Daniel encounters may exist in our lives too, such as feeling nervous in front of public, being uncomfortable among new faces. And what's really applauding is that Daniel who was born with these deficiencies being able to pick up social skills gradually. He's now able to face the public, travel around the world and adapt to frequent changes in life routine. So what Daniel really wants to impress me is not his gifted talents, but what he could overcome under autism. In the book, he mentioned about one line told by Kim Peek's father: "You don't have to be disable to be different. Everyone's different.". So what marks one's success is not his inborn talents, is what he achieves with all his effort and work. Daniel would only have been an ordinary autistic person if he hadn't worked so hard to overcome his incapability....Continua
"Quite good" with a caveat - it's really not terribly well written. Fascinating, if you're interested in the way people's brains work (or don't), which I am, but there are times when his fascinations (for instance, his invented version of solitaire) can bog down the narrative....Continua