Under the Eye of the Clock: A Memoir

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Christopher Nolan’s injuries at birth left him severely disabled and handicapped; he was entirely paralyzed and unable to communicate, but he had so much to say and was burning to express his innermost thoughts and ideas and share them with the world.

Nolan’s autobiography told in the third person through a narrator named Joseph Meehan is an astonishingly lyrical and inspired work, filled with powerful description and touching moments of triumph, sadness, anger, and above all ...

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Overview

Christopher Nolan’s injuries at birth left him severely disabled and handicapped; he was entirely paralyzed and unable to communicate, but he had so much to say and was burning to express his innermost thoughts and ideas and share them with the world.

Nolan’s autobiography told in the third person through a narrator named Joseph Meehan is an astonishingly lyrical and inspired work, filled with powerful description and touching moments of triumph, sadness, anger, and above all disarming wit. Nolan’s story has a touching and breathtaking intensity, whether recounting his battle with local authorities to attend an ordinary school, going on a “normal” vacation, or his ultimate triumph of finally being able to share the insight and whimsy of his inner world.

Filled with linguistic puzzles, this bestseller in Britain and the United States and Whitbread Prize winner features a unique voice that comes from a deep place many will never understand, but that is enrapturing nevertheless.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
“Linguistic virtuosity that, at its best, is heady and acrobatic.”
Chicago Tribune
“Funny, observant, astringent and fierce.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611458145
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 303,313
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Nolan was deprived of oxygen for two hours at birth, and was mute and paralyzed as a result. He wrote by having someone hold his head while he tapped at a typewriter with a stick attached to his forehead—his “unicorn stick.” It took him twelve years and a half-million strokes to write this remarkable novel. He died in 2009.
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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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