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Joe: The Only Boy in the World free pdf A little boy sits at the top of the slide, oblivious to the restless queue snapping behind him. He stares into space...and sings. In a hardware store, he plonks himself on a display toilet amidst the throng of customers and wees, wearing little more than a serene smile. He thumps crying babies. He is amazed when the car he runs in front of actually hits him. Joe is ten and mentally disabled. He exists in a lonely bubble of misunderstanding and occasional calamity. He's funny, fascinating, maddening. He has strange, unexpected talents. This book tells his moving story, but it also argues something more, something brazen, preposterous even: that Joe is a profound lesson in our own humanity, and that until we get to know his unusual, eventful life, we can't fully understand our own. Drawing on philosophy, developmental psychology, evolutionary theory, literature and medical research, this thought-provoking inquiry shows how we, in contrast to Joe, are equipped to negotiate life. "The Only Boy in the World", by his oddity and isolation, makes luminous so much that we take for granted: how we are instinctive mind-readers, how we perceive the physical world around us, how we make sense of other people, how we understand guilt and innocence. Running throughout is an unsettling question: if Joe sets our humanity in such sharp relief, can we still say that he is part of it? If he shows by what he lacks all that is most remarkable in us, is he still one of us? The author who asks that outrageous question is Joe's father. In confronting it, the "Only Boy in the World" finally suggests an answer to what truly makes us human.

About Michael Blastland

Michael Blastland was born in Glasgow. A journalist all his professional life, he started on weekly newspapers before moving to the BBC where he makes current affairs programmes for Radio 4, such as Analysis, More or Less and the historical series Why Did We Do That? He lives in Hertfordshire, often with his daughter Cait, less often and less quietly with his son Joe, when he's at home.

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Author : Michael Blastland
Publisher : Profile Books Ltd
Data Published : 26 January 2006
ISBN : 1861978014
EAN : 9781861978011
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 224 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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