Born on a Blue Day

Born on a Blue Day - Daniel Tammet - Rainman Autistic

Title            : Born on a Blue Day
Author       : Daniel Tammet
Pages          : 304
ISBN            : 9780340899755

Can be purchased here

I was born on 31 January 1979 – a Wednesday. I know it was a Wednesday, becasue the date is blue in my mind and Wednesdays are always blue, like the number nine or the sound of loud voices arguing.’ Like the character Hoffman portrayed, he can perform extraordinary maths in his head, sees numbers as shapes, colours, textures and motions, and can learn to speak a language fluently from scratch in three days. He also has a compulsive need for order and routine. He eats exactly 45 grams of porridge for breakfast and cannot leave the house without counting the number of items of clothing he’s wearing. If he gets stressed or unhappy he closes his eyes and counts. But in some ways Daniel is not all like the Rain Man. He is virtually unique amongst people who have severe autisitic disorders in being capable of living a fully-functioning, independent life. It is this incredible self-awareness and ability to communicate what it feels like to live in a totally extraordinary way that makes BORN ON A BLUE DAY so powerful.

I think this book was absolutely amazing. This guy is brilliant and it is really interesting to read how things work in his head. He really does his best to describe how his brain works. He says for example, that it is hard for him to understand emotions but because he knows what feeling should go with what emotion, he tries to understand these emotions with the help of numbers, which are his best friends. If you have seen rain man and are interested in people with autism, etc. this is definitely the book for you.

In addition to this book, I recommend watching this documentary:

The Boy With The Incredible Brain

In the book, Daniel describes how he experienced the whole thing around the making of this documentary. So the book sort of shows you the world how Daniel sees it and the documentary shows you the other side.

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