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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet

Interesting perspective, merely an okay read

I've been teaching for 20 years so I've ran into a few students with Asperger's Syndrome over the years. I am familiar with the condition and studied it in some depth in a class in my master's program. I was hoping Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant would offer a little more insight and be as interesting as the video documentaries and news programs that have covered Mr. Tammet over the years.

Alas, this read is not nearly as interesting as those presentations. I found myself skimming sections such as the three pages about his self-made game of solitaire and his detailed descriptions about number puzzles. What's left is okay, but in reality, how much can a twenty-something really say about himself that is that interesting? He's just started his life so there's not much to include in a memoir.

Embracing the Wide Sky: A Tour Across the Horizons of the Mind is his current book and it sounds like it was more like I was hoping this book would be. I'll be looking into it.

I rate this book 3 stars out of 5.

This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Born on a Blue Day.

Reviewed on January 25, 2010.

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