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Book Review ‘Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8’, Naoki Higashida

“You have to be the bravest person in the world to go out every day, being yourself when no one like or understand who you are.”

Rate: I don’t know if I’d buy this book again, but I’m glad I did it anyway…On Goodreads – 5*

Everything I personally know about autism is based on the movie ‘Rain Man’ with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise (aaaa, fan-girlin’ here haha). So this book was an eye-opener, a powerful and profound read.
What makes this story stand out:

– this is the book about autism from the INSIDE;
– the author is autistic person (non-verbal), who learned how to communicate using an alphabet grid. He is living in Japan;
– when he was 13yo he wrote ‘The Reason I Jump’, which was published in 30 languages (think about us, kinda normal, who is whining on the regular basis here on WP that we have no time or enough imagination or this & that – to write/publish a book lol). This boy is a Kick Ass Inspiration!

The book introduced by David Mitchell who found the author because his child has autism and his wife is Japanese. They saw the opportunity to help all parents around the world to understand their kids and this quite unusual condition.

What is it like – to have autism?
If you don’t have it – you don’t know.

Let’s face the truth: we actually don’t know HOW or WHAT other people feeling or thinking, so I’m really doubtful we KNOW how autistic person (a child) is thinking or feeling. It is almost impossible to reach them, they are ‘hidden’ beyond those closed silent gates, called ‘Autism’.

This remarkable book provides some answers though. Naoki Higashida take us on some kind of Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus tour, where he explains his inner world and behavior, invites us to share his humor, perception of life, nature, everyday’s learning. He answer the most important questions: WHY and HOW

Why he is doing what he is doing and How to react or behave or help

“Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It’s that you’re destroying the peg.” Paul Collins

There’s a statement that people with autism are lacking imagination or empathy. After reading ‘Fall Down 7 times, Get Up 8’ you’ll understand – their feelings and views are different, but it doesn’t mean they are empty vessels.

A very rare opportunity to study autism is given. Start now:

  • Rain. How people can realise so quickly that it is raining outside? (for autistic person it takes almost 12 steps to come to the conclusion ‘it is raining outside’)
  • Why if it is ‘impossible’ to fix, they are still trying to fix it?
  • Hot and Cold Bath = no difference
  • Wrinkles aren’t you anymore.
  • Portions and time. And much more…

Even God has some autistic moments, which is why the planets spin.
Jerry Newport

There are also a couple of poems and interviews. #must read

‘All I know is
Humans are Absurd
Creatures, yet wise’.
Naoki Higashida

P.S. At the end I’d like to say that I made a mistake in my previous dark-cult-kinky-vanilla-sex-crime-novel Review of Mariette Lindstein’s book. I said that the english version of her books IS available in english, but found out it will be realised ONLY on 19 January 2019.  
Author told me about it after reading my review on Goodreads. Actually she commented also under this review on WP and said that my Kinky is a Pure Vanilla for her haha – Mariette Lindstein, ‘White Crypt’ Review

And tomorrow you are lucky enough to read one more review from me. Gosh, you are sooooo sooooo spoiled my dear readers 🙂

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27 thoughts on “Book Review ‘Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8’, Naoki Higashida Leave a comment

  1. My mother was telling me about this book. She read it because my nephew is autistic.. She was under the same impression with this book. She didn’t know how much of it was true or realistic, but she said it was a good book still.

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  2. Autism is something that is claiming more and more people across the world. We do need to understand as our world is becoming more and more absorbed in the spectrum of autism. Great post and enlightening.

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  3. For so many “Autism” = a person lacking mental and physical possibilities! For those people the world is ‘flat’ and can not sustain life!
    We have to be able to ‘listen’ to hear their messages!

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