The Reason I Jump: one boy's voice from the silence of autism (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/4/24
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The No. 1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.Written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book provides a rare insight into the often baffling behaviour of autistic children. Using a question and answer format, Naoki explains things like why he talks loudly or repeats the same questions, what causes him to have panic attacks, and why he likes to jump. He also shows the way he thinks and feels about his world - other people, nature, time and beauty, and himself. Abundantly proving that people with autism do possess imagination, humour and empathy, he also makes clear how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki's book so that it might help others dealing with autism and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. It gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective.The book also features eleven original illustrations, inspired by Naoki's words, by the artistic duo Kai and Sunny.
[The Reason I Jump] has been impossible to forget. -- Ian Thomson, Books of the Year 2013 * Evening Standard * The freshness of voice coexists with so much wisdom . . . it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human. * The Times * This is a wonderful book. I defy anyone not to be captivated, charmed and uplifted by it. But above all, you will never feel the same about autism again. * Evening Standard * The Reason I Jump reads effortlessly, each page challenging preconceptions that autistic people lack empathy, humour or imagination. * Independent on Sunday * The most remarkable book of the year. The book throws a pontoon bridge over the chasm dividing autistic and neuro-typical experience. -- Charlotte Moore, Books of the Year 2013 * Spectator * An extraordinary account of how autism feels from the inside. * Observer *商品の説明をすべて表示する
To be honest I wasn't so interested in this book at first but after reading some reviews of the book, I thought I had to read it. And the next thing I knew I had a copy in my hand. At first I couldn't even believe that it was written by a person with autism but after a while on You Tube I watched some documentary programs about Higashida Naoki, the author of the book, which convinced me that it really was written by him and that he really was a person with autism. The book has been so popular around the world now because it's such a special book written by a person with autism. You can study autism, you can read books on autism and you can deal with people with autism but you can never know what it's really like unless you are one with autism. It's a bit like "Autobiography of yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda, a book about a saint written by a real saint himself. Which makes the book so special. Anyway this book written by Higashida totally changed my idea of autism and people with autism. Autism may seem difficult to figure out but if you read this book, you'll know they are actually in a way not so different from the rest of us. They do look different but they are not different inside. Think about it, what if your legs and arms move against your will sometimes all of a sudden and you can't really control that? What if you yell and scream all of a sudden when you don't want to and you can't stop it from happening even if you want to? What if your body is beyond your control? And people around you think you are "different" just because of all those things? You just have no control over your body and what you do sometimes. You can read books and understand but you can't talk. You can talk inside you but are not able to communicate with others with words. As soon as you try to say something or anything aloud or put your words out of your mouth, your words just vanish. And people around you believe that you don't feel or think the same way they do but of course you do.
This is a wonderful book, indeed. Only, it is to be regretted that the English version is not as wonderful as the original Higashida Naoki wrote in Japanese. I recommend the original Japanese version.