Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida

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Naoki Higashida was only thirteen when he wrote The Reason I Jump, a revelatory account of autism from the inside by a nonverbal Japanese child, which became an international success.

Now he shares his thoughts and experiences as a twenty-four-year-old man living each day with severe autism. In short, powerful chapters, he explores school memories, family relationships, the exhilaration of travel, and the difficulties of speech. He also allows readers to experience profound moments we take for granted, like the thought-steps necessary for him to register that it's raining outside. Acutely aware of how strange his behavior can appear to others, he aims throughout to foster a better understanding of autism and to encourage society to see people with disabilities as people, not as problems.

With an introduction by bestselling novelist David Mitchell, Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 includes a dreamlike short story Higashida wrote especially for this edition. Both moving and of practical use, this book opens a window into the mind of an inspiring young man who meets every challenge with tenacity and good humor. However often he falls down, he always gets back up.

Title : Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism
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ISBN : 1101923180
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Audio CD
Number of Pages : 0 pages


Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2017

The Japanese term for autism is jiheisho or “self-locked-up disease.” Severely autistic and almost completely non-verbal, Naoki Higashida would indeed be locked inside himself were it not for his ability to communicate in written language via an alphabet grid – “words are bridges that connect me...

Caren rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2017

The author, who has a nonverbal form of autism, has done an incredible job of allowing the reader inside his thought processes by means of thinking the characters of the Japanese alphabet, then mentally transcribing and touching the letters of the Roman alphabet on a homemade QWERTY keyboard. A t...

Jill rated it ★★★★★

September 23, 2017

Beautifully written by a non-verbal young autistic man, this book gives a valuable insight into the life, dreams and perspectives of someone who is living with this challenge. I found it very interesting how he describes his thought processes making it a little easier to understand the behaviours...

Magdelanye rated it ★★★★★

January 07, 2018

Having just finished reading the impressive book, The Reason I Jump, written not so long before this one, I was bowled over by the maturity NH displays in this further account of his life and perceptions as a neuro-atypical human being. After the remarkable success of his first book, it would hav...

Lin rated it ★★★★★

July 11, 2017

Review coming soon.

Laurie rated it ★★★★★

June 21, 2017

Higashida is on the spectrum; he was nonverbal for a long time and even today he struggles with expressing himself verbally; he has what he calls restricted speech. He finds it easier many times to use his computer or a spelling board to communicate. When he was thirteen he wrote his first book,...

Tweedledum rated it ★★★★★

October 08, 2017

I thought The Reason I Jump was fascinating, but here Naoki has distilled his thoughts and ideas into nuggets of wisdom and insight that will be relevant to so many people. Yet throughout we also discover the depths of the difficulties Naoki's faces each day in attempting to communicate in real t...

Kerran rated it ★★★★☆

July 21, 2017

"Spoken language is a blue sea. Everyone else is swimming, diving and frolicking freely, while I'm alone, stuck in a tiny boat, swayed from side to side" This memoir is so eloquently written, and, like The Reason I Jump, gave me a lot more insight into the life of someone with autism, this time fr...

Charmaine rated it ★★★★★

December 21, 2017

Fantastically insightful, I wish I could prescribe this book to some people. I only read 'The Reason I Jump' a year ago and it's so moving to observe Naoki Higashida's growth. I was particularly interested in the whole of section four and found chapter 39, on praise, resonated so much with my fam...

Steph rated it ★★★★★

September 10, 2017

I loved this book again the author gives an amazing insight into an autistic person's thoughts and feelings. I really enjoyed how the author has grown and his explanation and reasoning are more in depth than in his first book. I would recommend this book to anyone who cares for someone with autis...

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