|Plot Summary of Finding a Different Kind of Normal|
|"Jeanette Purkis is born in England in 1974. She moves to Australia in the 1980s and has continuing struggles fitting in with her peers at school. As a teenager, Jeanette joins the Socialist Party and spends her time away from home, attending protests and other socialist-type things. Through the Socialist movement, Jeanette meets a criminal and ends up in prison after committing an armed robbery. In prison Jeanette learns that she has something called Asperger Syndrome - a condition related to autism - that has caused many of her difficulties in relating to people and understanding human behaviour. Jeanette refuses to accept her diagnosis and drifts through several years of criminal activity and drug use. She hits rock bottom and decides to turn her life around, enrolling in therapy courses, then art school, on her release from a subsequent prison sentence in 2000. Jeanette accepts her diagnosis and completes her Honours degree in fine art, then writes the book."
Jeanette Purkis, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of Finding a Different Kind of Normal|
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Phys disability/mental struggle?
- mental illness
Life in an institution
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- quite fatty
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- rape/molest (yeech!)
Commentary on society?
- justice system
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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