Under the Eye of the Clock

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Deprived of oxygen for two hours at birth, Christopher Nolan almost died, but he lived to write, at age twenty-one, this award-winning autobiography, told as the story of one Joseph Meehan. Nolan's birth injuries left him quadriplegic and completely unable to communicate, so for years no one suspected that his mind, though imprisoned in an inert body, was burning to express his innermost thoughts and ideas to not only his family but the world. Whether he is fighting with the authorities for the right to go to an ...
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Overview

Deprived of oxygen for two hours at birth, Christopher Nolan almost died, but he lived to write, at age twenty-one, this award-winning autobiography, told as the story of one Joseph Meehan. Nolan's birth injuries left him quadriplegic and completely unable to communicate, so for years no one suspected that his mind, though imprisoned in an inert body, was burning to express his innermost thoughts and ideas to not only his family but the world. Whether he is fighting with the authorities for the right to go to an ordinary school, or going on a "normal" vacation for the first time, Nolan's story has a touching, often breathtaking intensity. Nolan recounts his ultimate triumph of finally being able to share with others the insight and whimsy of his inner world, unlocking the inventive wordsmith and gifted storyteller within. The result is astonishingly lyrical, filled with powerful description, touching moments of triumph, sadness, and anger, and above all disarming wit.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780440550280
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1989

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 A Modicum of Aloe 1
2 Hell Guffawed 15
3 White Sheets of Life 25
4 The Stirring of the Muse 35
5 The Eight-Legged Pony 43
6 Knife Used 50
7 The Night That Was In It 60
8 An Eyeful of Derravaragh 68
9 If He Could But Earth Himself 80
10 My Boyhood Epiphany 87
11 I've Cracked It 94
12 Slavery was Abolished 103
13 The Cool Green Garden 106
14 'head the ball' 114
15 The Sound of Footsteps 123
16 A Dream Being Shattered 132
17 Kernelled Loneliness 142
18 Academics' Thesaurus of Thoughts 149
19 His Human Wasteland 156
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2000

    Absolutely great

    This book, an autobiography told in the third person, is both funny and touching, and unfailingly engaging. In one sense, it's just a story of one person's life as he grows up. But what makes it so fascinating is not just that it's the life of a (phenomenally intelligent) paraplegic boy, but that the characters are so realistically brought to life that you follow their story for their own sakes. And my goodness, I've never read a book so full of words I had never come across before! It's great for someone who enjoys language (and using dictionaries!) Overall I thought it a fabulous, challenging, beautiful and thought-provoking read.

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