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A Real Person: Life on the Outside
A beautifully written autobiography that gives unique insight into what it means to be autistic - constantly afraid, a preference for the safety of solitude, a tendency towards obsessive behaviour that provides relief. She writes simply and frankly about her attempts to find a way for herself when everything she did felt to be at odds with everyone around her. The story of ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Souvenir Press
(first published 1996)
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This was a terrible translation. There were several spelling mistakes, and unbearably bizarre translations of common expressions. I have no idea whether the book would be worth reading in the original language, because this was one long exercise in frustration.
Inget litterärt mästerverk, men en återgivelse av en riktig människas rätt tragiska uppväxt och vägen till att förstå sig själv. Intressant och tankeväckande. En bekräftelse på att vi alla människor är väldigt olika och med lärdomen att alla är värda att tas på allvar. Rekommenderas till alla som vill lära sig se människor för vem de är, som vill lära sig förstå och skapa rum för olikhet.
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“They often took a difficulty I had and turned it into an amusing little anecdote. They would take a deadly seriousness, my seriousness, and turn it into a great laugh that they would then let out into the room. What kind of people were they to do that? The amusing anecdote had sharp edges, flew into me and scratched my soul.”More quotes…