- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; Revised ed. edition (Dec 1 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853027189
- ISBN-13: 978-1853027185
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.1 x 23.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 299 g
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nobody Nowhere: The Remarkable Autobiography of an Autistic Girl Paperback – Dec 1 1998
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Nobody Nowhere tears aside the veil that conceals the mind of the autistic person. Donna Williams' account has the magnetic and unrivalled power of authenticity... this book is absorbing, disturbing, enriching and it will cause many to substantially revise their views of what it is that constitutes psychological normality. (Professor Anthony Clare)
This was an interesting account of Donna's life and how she dealt with the outside world and intertwined her three personalities to cope. I feel this is a worthwhile read for any parent or relative of an autistic person. Teachers and psychologists as well as therapists would better understand how an autistic person sees themselves. (BellaOnline Reviews)
Donna Williams isn't just teaching us what it is like to be autistic, she is teaching us what it is like to be human. (The New York Times Book Review)
It really is an amazing, engaging autobiography of a fascinating individual. Whether you are familiar with autism first-hand or not, you will have a difficult time putting this book down, I can assure you. (Autism Café.)
A powerful, eloquent and funny account of making sense of a life of misunderstandingSee all Product description
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But inside of Donna there are other people she has collected along her road to survival; Willie who is like a civil rights activist on steroids and the smiling facade of Carol.
Carol plays the mother's doll to protect the soul of the real Donna. Intertwined with Willie's violent and defensive outbursts and paranoic protection and Donna's often bizarre and quite Autistic responses and behaviours, Carol, behaving like people on TV sit-coms, goes to school,even goes through the motions of 'friends', and develops a broad range of mimicked speech, stored phrases and charicatures, saving Donna from a life in an institution and often from the very real threat of death.
As the teenage years approach Carol and Willie fight it out for control of the body with the real Donna on the sidelines as the lot of them drift into homelessness, poverty and domestic prostitution passed from stranger to stranger.
After an attempted suicide she falls into the care of a psychiatrist and goes on to get a university education. But knowlege is not wisdom and without independence skills, Donna follows a stranger across the ocean where, on arrival, he abandons her to an itinerant bag-lady existance throughout Europe. This second journey begins with a man who will change her life and sense of self forever as she meets and falls in love with a real life 'mirror'with the same challenges as her own and, later faced with the loss of this first deep love, goes on a desperate and dangerous quest to find out 'what kind of mad' she is in the hope there is hope she can change it and as a result finds out she is Autistic; a realisation that ends up changing the entire field of Developmental Disabilities forever.
An international number one bestseller, with over 10 weeks at number one on the New York Times Bestseller List and published in 20 languages throughout the world, Nobody Nowhere is a moving, gripping, surreal, myth-shattering, sometimes hilarious but ultimately uplifting book and one that will stay with you as one of the most moving and exceptional works you will ever read. Life, 'normality' and 'reality' will not be the same after you read this book.
This is the first of her four book autobiographical series.
One person has said that this book is depressing and might frighten a newly diagnosed family.
The answer to this is that this book needs to be read in conjunction with it's sequel "Somebody Somewhere" which IS uplifting and inspiring and explains what it feels like to be autistic still furthur. This woman becomes a teacher in the end, despite being discriminated against by one of the teachers. (The only teacher at the teacher's college who knows she has the disorder ,a cautionary tale to those who consider revealing their "disorders" to those who have power over them.)
There is so much in depth information about what autism feels like and the way in which autistics and those whith disorders on the autistic spectrum see and experience life compared to the way in which others do.
As a sufferer of Attention Deficit Disorder myself I could relate to the way in which Donna experienced the world differently from others even though my experiences and problems are different. My friend with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder also really related even though her problems are very different. So I would recommend these two books to anyone suffering with a neurological disability, learning disability or mental disorder.
The reviewer who insists this book is about child abuse is very blinkered in their thinking.
Williams makes it VERY clear that she does not belive that her mother's abuse caused her autistic symptoms and in fact says it is a blessing that her mother was not the type to hug her a lot because as an autistic with sensory troubles who finds touch very uncomfortable she finds hugs physically painful.
Certainly a loving family could have helped her find help for her problems sooner however.
I found her writing compelling. Her use of language is extraordinary - she seems to be bright and aware. And the narrative of her hideous home life as a child - and into her adult years as well - is the stuff of real tragedy.
But I was frustrated because I wanted to know WHY she did what she did, and I didn't feel that the book answered those questions. What drew her into her obsessive relationships, and why did she allow herself to drift into those manipulative and destructive sexual relationships? Lack of self-esteem doesn't tell the entire story - I wanted to know what was going through her mind when she allowed herself to be subjected again and again to pick-your-adjective abuse. There was a certain repetitiveness to her narrative, but it added heat, not light. Hence three stars.
In spite of that, I recommend this book to anyone with any interest at all in autism - Ms. Williams' willingness to expose the intimate details of her life inside her head is admirable and fascinating.
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