Publishers Weekly, 2007-11-19 In short chapters, some including evocative prose poems, Mukhopadhyay, a severely autistic adolescent whose mother painstakingly taught him how to read and write, introduces the reader to his daily inner life. Sometimes his thoughts are compulsive-he misses an entire film while mentally drawing diagonals across every one of the design squares on the cinema's ceiling-and sometimes fragmented, as when looking at a bucket: "I might easily get distracted by its redness, since it would remind me of how my hands bled when I had fallen from a swing, how I was so absorbed in that red that I had forgotten about my pain, and how that red resembled a hibiscus...." Mukhopadhyay reflects on autism without romanticizing it, acknowledging "my physical and neurological limitations" and declaring, "I am not worried about hell because I have experienced it here on earth." Occasionally, his writing is somewhat sketchy, but for the most part this is an eye-opening book on a serious disorder and the hope that other autistic children can learn to transcend it through education and imaginative self-reflection. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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