Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Real Person: Life on the Outside” as Want to Read:
A Real Person: Life on the Outside
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Real Person: Life on the Outside

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Real Person, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Real Person

Asperger's on the Inside by Michelle VinesLook Me in the Eye by John Elder RobisonThe Journal of Best Practices by David    FinchBe Different by John Elder RobisonNobody Nowhere by Donna Williams
Autism in Memoirs
24th out of 24 books — 41 voters
Asperger's on the Inside by Michelle VinesAutistic blessings and Bipolar me. by E.J. PlowsEveryday Aspergers by Samantha CraftThe "A" List by Yahnira BackusAutism by Autism Society, Newfoundlan...
Autism, aspergers, neurodiversitet
17th out of 24 books — 16 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
M. Madsen
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.
Ylva
Nov 27, 2016 Ylva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Jenny
Jul 27, 2011 Jenny rated it did not like it
This novel was quite boring actually. I learnt more about Aspergers or high-functioning autism when I read "The curious incident of the dog in the night-time" by Mark Haddon. The latter is much better.
Thomas
Thomas rated it it was amazing
Aug 04, 2015
Frederik Bak
Frederik Bak rated it it was amazing
Sep 01, 2016
Kairi
Kairi rated it really liked it
Feb 03, 2013
Edith
Edith rated it it was amazing
Jan 09, 2013
Sara
Sara rated it it was ok
Apr 22, 2013
Kirsten Blom
Kirsten Blom rated it it was amazing
Dec 27, 2011
Justin Petrone
Feb 15, 2015 Justin Petrone rated it really liked it
Very interesting. Some things quite familiar, others totally odd. A unique book.
Marie-Louise
Marie-Louise rated it really liked it
Jul 13, 2012
Annemieke
Annemieke rated it really liked it
Apr 09, 2015
Sam Rose
Sam Rose rated it it was amazing
Apr 21, 2012
Louise
Louise rated it really liked it
Sep 03, 2015
Torb
Torb rated it really liked it
Jan 31, 2015
Terry Boyarsky
Terry Boyarsky rated it liked it
Sep 04, 2013
Siri Adelmann
Siri Adelmann rated it really liked it
Jun 24, 2013
Clara
Clara rated it it was amazing
Sep 19, 2016
Arto
Arto rated it really liked it
Apr 23, 2016
Maria
Maria rated it it was amazing
Feb 03, 2014
Linda
Linda rated it really liked it
Aug 07, 2016
Anna-karin Storhaug
Anna-karin Storhaug rated it liked it
May 27, 2015
Sandra Oksaar
Sandra Oksaar rated it it was amazing
Apr 12, 2015
Stephanie
Stephanie rated it really liked it
Jul 26, 2008
Paul
Paul rated it liked it
Sep 10, 2013
Carole
Carole rated it it was amazing
Apr 15, 2013
Airi
Airi rated it liked it
Oct 13, 2013
Elisabeth Nyhlén
Elisabeth Nyhlén rated it really liked it
Jun 12, 2015
Elaine
Elaine rated it it was amazing
May 14, 2008
Karin
Karin rated it really liked it
Nov 19, 2012
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book



“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.” 0 likes
More quotes…