The Only Boy in the World: A Father Explores the Mysteries of Autism
The Only Boy in the World is a memoir, an investigation into what makes us human, a study of aberration, and a love story. It's about all the odd ways journalist Michael Blastland's autistic son, Joe, has of seeing the world and understanding others, and what that tells the rest of us about how we also tick. Through the strange stories of Joe's scrapes and confusions, he m...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Da Capo Press
(first published August 18th 2006)
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i read about 50 pages in this book and i just could not get into it. i found myself constantly rereading paragraphs. this author had a completely forgettable voice. i thought that the subject would be really interesting, and it may have been, had it been written by someone else. if i struggle through a book, i usually make myself finish it, but i have now come to the realization that i only get to read so many books in my life and the list is very long. so, now i'm going to be a lil more choosy...more
Sep 13, 2007 Jenn rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
As a special ed teacher I was excited to see that this book was listed as one of the year's best books for 2006. I was honestly surprised at how much this book opened my eyes. I have worked in special education for the past 8 school years, and I had a number of "ah-hah!" moments. It is written by the boy's father, and put a different viewpoint on this world. I highly recommend this book.
This novel is strongest when the author brings in stories of his own son, who has autism. At times, the quoting of researchers is helpful and fascinating (and my much adored Professor Paul Bloom makes many an appearance), but the author uses way too many block quotes. In a few chunks, I got tired of wading through research and philosophy and skimmed to get back to the human side of the story.
I expected to like this book a lot more from the reviews I read beforehand. Though Blastland's explanations for Joe's behaviour are interesting, I never really engaged with it. I may re-read it another time, to see if I 'click' better with it.