(K. Brent Tomer),
Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8. By Naoki Higashida. Random House; 206 pages; $27. Sceptre; 288 pages; £14.99.
IN 1995 Temple Grandin, a well-known animal scientist who designs livestock-holding equipment in America, brought out a memoir about just how baffling it can be to live with autism; she has Asperger’s, but was not formally diagnosed until she was in her 40s. For autistic people, she once said, decoding social nuances can feel like being “an anthropologist on Mars”.
Parents can feel just as ill-equipped when interpreting the symptoms of an autistic child. These range from social awkwardness to repetitive acts like banging one’s head. At least a quarter of these children cannot speak. Inevitably, their families can find them hard to understand. Ms Grandin’s “Thinking in Pictures” was part of a new genre of “autie-biographies”. The latest is from Japan.
A few years ago, in search of insight into…Continue reading