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The Only Boy in the World: A Father Explores…

The Only Boy in the World: A Father Explores the Mysteries of Autism

by Michael Blastland

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"A little boy stops on a slide and sings, oblivious to the queue snapping behind him. In a hardware store, he plonks himself on a display toilet before crowds of shoppers and wees. He thumps crying babies. Joe is ten and mentally disabled. He lives in a hubble of misunderstanding and occasional calamity. He's funny, fascinating, maddening." "This book tells Joe's story, but it also argues something audacious: that until you know Joe's life, you can't fully understand your own: that his misadventures teach us 'nothing less than the people-ness of people'." "Through his strangeness, Joe makes normality luminous: how we make sense of others, what we mean by guilt and innocence, how we perceive our surroundings. All of which invites an outrageous question: for if Joe sets everyday humanity in such sharp relief, how is he still part of it? The author who asks is Joe's father. Here is the answer."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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