woensdag 28 december 2011

50 Books Challenge 2011 - # 63: Mozart and the Whale by Jerry and Mary Newport with Johnny Dodd

Title: Mozart and the Whale
Author: Jerry and Mary Newport with Johnny Dodd
Story: When Jerry and Mary Newport met, the connection was instant. A musical genius and a mathematical wonder, the two shared astronomic IQs, but they also shared something else -- they both were diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism that affects millions of Americans and makes social contact painfully unbearable. When Jerry and Mary married, they were catapulted into the limelight. They appeared on 60 Minutes and soon were known as "superstars in the world of autism," shining examples of two people who refused to give up in the face of their mutual challenge. But just when it appeared that their lives would enjoy a fairy-tale ending, their marriage fell apart. The Hollywood feeding frenzy was too much to handle, and they divorced. After heartbreaking years of soul searching, Jerry and Mary remarried. Today, with their union stronger than ever, they have dedicated themselves to helping countless other people with Asperger's and autism lead lives of dignity. Mozart and the Whale is an unforgettable love story of the incredible chronicle of their journey together -- and apart.
Start: december 25th 2011
End: december 28th 2011
Comment: I was really interested in reading this book. People with Asperger syndrome have problems with socializing so this made it even more interesting because "Mozart and the Whale" deals with Jerry and Mary, who both have Asperger syndrome and they fall in love. It's a true story, written by a ghost writer but that doesn't make you hear Jerry and Mary's voice any less. Although the thematics of the book really spoke to me, it wasn't as interesting as I hoped it would be. I wasn't 'grabbed' by it. I actually feel really bad about it, because I wished it touched me more.
Rating: 2,5/ 5

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