Title: Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
Author: Daniel Tammet
Publication Date: October 2007
Number of Pages: 256
A Memoir of Asperger’s and an Extraordinary Mind
Daniel sees numbers as shapes, colours and textures and can perform extraordinary maths in his head. He can also learn to speak a language fluently from scratch in a week. He has Savant Syndrome, an extremely rare form of Asperger’s that gives him almost unimaginable mental powers, much like the Rain Man portrayed by Dustin Hoffman.
Source: Daniel Tammet’s Web Site
I really enjoyed reading this book and I liked that it stayed on the surface level. It made sense to me that he would be describing things that had happened in his life without a lot of emotions. Math has always been my favorite subject, which made reading how he sees and experiences numbers. I also enjoyed when he described his language skills and how he was able to learn so many so quickly.
The writing style does take some getting used to because Daniel is very logical and ordered in explaining things without a lot of emotion. He also occasionally goes off on tangents. However those tangents are usually interesting in their own ways. And those tangents also give insight to how his mind works and how he makes connections that may seem random but aren’t at all.
As memoirs aren’t usually my thing I ended up buying this book after reading Amanda @ The Zen Leaf’s review of “Born on a Blue Day” and wanting to learn more about Daniel. I’d encourage any potential readers to read Amanda’s more substantial review of the book.