Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8
Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism is a book written in 2015 and credited to Japanese author Naoki Higashida when he was between the ages of 18 and 22. Higashida has severe autism and his verbal communication skills are limited. However, he is able to communicate by pointing at letters on an alphabet chart. Skeptics have claimed that there is no proof that Higashida can communicate independently, and that the English translation represents the ideals of author David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida. In response, Mitchell claims that there is video evidence showing that Higashida can type independently.This is Higashida's second major English-translated book and a follow-up to The Reason I Jump. The book is a collection of short chapters arranged in eight sections in which Higashida explores identity, family relationships, education, society, and his personal growth. The title comes from a Japanese proverb, 七転び八起き, which literally translates as "Fall seven times and stand up eight."
The English translation by Keiko Yoshida and her husband, author David Mitchell, was released on July 11, 2017.
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