|Plot Summary of Somebody Somewhere|
|"After a life of abuse, domestic prostitution, homelessness and poverty Donna Williams wandered her way back to Australia. The words of her childhood life deaf, psychotic, disturbed now get swept aside with a formal diagnosis as autistic as she stumbles upon and enters into therapy with an eccentric an innovative psychologist, Theo Marek and they try to understand each other with astoundingly different language, concepts, realities and 'normality', viewing each other as one might an alien. Having finally discovered the population she has been kept from all her life, Donna develops a small town dream and determines with her IQ of under 70 to become a teacher and change and advance the world of Developmental Disabilities and how those with them are treated in Special Education and beyond. But the manuscript of her first book remains in a tea chest in England, a copy of it left with a stranger who unknown to her has forwarded it on. And soon a fax arrives through the post from a literary agent with a copy of that book in his hands. The book she wrote only for herself, is set to become an international bestseller and propel the woman terrified of being 'known' out of the shadows and straight into the limelight as one of the most famous people ever diagnosed with Autism in the world. "
camel, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of Somebody Somewhere|
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Phys disability/mental struggle?
- mental illness
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- missing body parts/abilities
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Commentary on society?
- wicked men
- wicked women
- wicked rich people
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
Lot of titilating info about love life?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
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