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Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
Born On A Blue Day Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
Author: Daniel Tammet
This unique first-person account offers a window into the mind of a high-functioning, 27-year-old British autistic savant with Asperger's syndrome. Tammet's ability to think abstractly, deviate from routine, and empathize, interact and communicate with others is impaired, yet he's capable of incredible feats of memorization and mental calculatio...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781416549017
ISBN-10: 1416549013
Publication Date: 10/16/2007
Pages: 256
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3.6 stars, based on 90 ratings
Publisher: Free Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 8
I loved this book. Daniel's life experience is inspiring and fascinating. Amazing to me that someone who as a child was completely unhinged by a change in the route walked to preschool could travel alone to work in a foreign country as an adult. Great glimpse of pure determination.
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Helpful Score: 5
Understanding very well that this is written by an Autistic man, in the style in which he thinks, it was so dry, and yes dare I say, boring FOR ME in the first half, that I almost gave it up. I know the intricate details of numbers being represented by colors and landscapes is the way he thinks and sees, but to go on and on and on explaining them, loses one. The day to day living was there, but as he did in real life, he glossed over the details. They just weren't that important to him, but they are to the reader. Yes, we could see the sadness of how he was treated by his classmates, and even teachers at times, but he told these things without emotion, so it was hard to feel emotions for him. (Hard, but not impossible.) He did manage to get across quite well, his family's love for him, their absolute support. That was wonderful. And so was the telling of his finding a personal love relationship. Yes, the book is worth reading, but it wasn't a page turner, or even all that enjoyable.
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Helpful Score: 4
this powerful book written by the British Daniel Tamment traces his life from childhood till today. he is unique in that he is an autisic savant with Asperger's syndrome.He also has synesthesia which is extremely rare.
His openness and candor are amazing. we are fortunate that he is able to tell us how his mind works.
this books allows the reader to "see" inside the author's mind and how it thinks. a little more deft than Dr.Grandin at writing, it is a top rated book!
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Helpful Score: 2
Fascinating story written by a young man with Asperger's Syndrome. It can be a bit dry in places, but getting a glimpse into the mind of someone who has his challenges and gifts can be fascinating. As a mom to an AS son (though not savant), it was really interesting to see an adult write about his experiences growing up. I highly recommend this.
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Helpful Score: 2
Everyone should read this book. Autism has become an epidemic and no matter what your age or occupation you will likely meet someone or know someone well with the disorder.
The author does a wonderful job of describing what it is like to be on the spectrum.
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Very interesting and insightful view into the world of an Autistic Savant. The author is able to articulate his experience from an early age to adulthood that is really quite remarkable. His narrative provided me with a new way of appreciating the abilities of savants.
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I was planning on reading this after seeing it mentioned in 2011's "Moonwalking with Einstein - The Art and Science of Remembering Everything" by journalist Joshua Foer. However, during the course of Joshua's conversations and non-scientific reviews of Mr. Tammet's reputed extraordinary talents, he was semi-exposed to be, most likely, a highly-practiced mnemonist. The whole 'seeing-numbers-as-colors-and-shapes' claim didn't seem to pan out, as the same 4-digit number was described in 3 completely different fashions over the course of 3 interviews in a year's span. What's even more interesting is that Kim Peek, the inspiration for "Rain Man", was also revealed to have similar ultra-high-level mnemonic abilities, casting much doubt on their 'savant' nomenclature.
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Very interesting, well written.

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