the Speed of Dark

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the Speed of Dark
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Wed, 09-17-2003 - 3:52pm
I picked up a book from the library entitled "The Speed of Dark" by Elizabeth Moon. It's a fictional account about a high-functioning autistic spectrum man who lives sometime in near future. He has built a life for himself in the normal world, then his life becomes upturned when there are offers of experimental treatments that will reverse the effects of autism in adults.

Excerpt from jacket: But if he was suddenly free of autism, would he still be himself? Would he still love the same classical music-with its complications and resolutions? Would he still see the same colors and patterns in the world-shades and hues that others cannot see?-

I am only on page 42 and I am really just blown away by the character. The author has an amazing ability to write from Lou's perspective. I feel incredibly assonine as an NT, even. That's a good writer! I feel compelled to think about asking to change everything that you are and LIKE about yourself so that you can fit into the world around you. I really think this is a good book. So far, he encounters predjudice from people who are angry they have to accomodate him or angry when they don't understand him. I'm not going to be able to put this one down. I hope it stays good throughout the book.

Most of all, I think for the first time, in the few moments it took to read 42 pages into the book, I really understand my daughter much more. I feel driven to find out how to "fix" her. Now, I think I can just let her "be" her without feeling like I am letting her down or failing her as a parent.

Although this pertains to the autism spectrum, I also have a daughter with ADHD and I think it's a compassionate insight into their world as well since they also very often have sensory and similiar issues that makes others misunderstand them. It's really eye-opening.

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Registered: 09-13-2003
Thu, 09-18-2003 - 6:44pm
you said,

"I feel driven to find out how to "fix" her. Now, I think I can just let her "be" her without feeling like I am letting her down or failing her as a parent. "

that's good! it's a start.

just remember, no two children or people are the same, neither are there illnesses or lifestyles or homelifes.

melanie