Under The Eye of the Clock By Christopher Nolan

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    A remarkable work by several measures, Under the Eye of the Clock is the autobiography--told slyly through a third person alter-ego--of Christopher Nolan, struck at birth with brain damage and left paralyzed, spastic and mute. His first book, Dam-Burst of Dreams, written when he was a teen, was a collection of poems that exploded with linguistic virtuosity, earning him comparisons to Joyce and Yeats. Nolan, whose disability requires that someone cup his chin while he pushes a head-mounted pointer at the keyboard, tells here of battles in an un-handicapped world, the heroic efforts of his family and the sights of Ireland that surround him. The book won England's Whitbread prize. Under The Eye of the Clock

    Time is not on my side. The novel was really inspiring. It tells the story of a young disabled boy named Joseph, the son of Matthew and Nore, brother to Yvonne. The family is coping and struggling with his condition, always encouraging him and lifting him up during his trying times. He manages to climb the man made mountains to excel in his literary skills despite some bad reviews from other quarters. An inspiring novel... Poetry, Literature Fiction F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote this advice to a young friend whose writing he found wanting: You've got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly, the little experiences that you might tell at dinner.

    Christopher Nolan had the courage to turn life into art, to write his soul onto paper. The result is a novel that soars and dips with young Joseph Meehan shifting restlessly between self-pity and delight, wry humour and despair, cynicism and admiration. The prose flies into your psyche, demanding to be read, demanding your attention by plunging you with no apology into this world that can only be explored through Nolan's richly tactile prose. Robbed of that kinetic ability common to the majority of us, he instead infuses his inner world with movement, feeling and physicality. This book has some of the most beautiful prose passages I have ever read -- passages I will return to again and again, just for the feel of them. Poetry, Literature Fiction There's very little I can say about this novel, except for.. This is a long way from the books I usually read, and I don't regret picking it up for one second.

    Christopher Nolan's story is an important one for every single person out there. It makes you realize that every human being - no matter how able-bodied they are - is still human and should be treated that way. It sends an important message.

    The writing is definitely something to get used to as Nolan uses words - and language in general - in a very unique way. I often had to reread sentences and paragraphs but that's what made my reading experience even more special.

    5 / 5 Poetry, Literature Fiction Nolan’s writing is simply beautiful. He truly mastered various literary devices, using them in a uniquely wonderful way. Poetry, Literature Fiction As I have a mild form of Cerebral Palsy myself I'd read about Christopher Nolan before as one of the few celebrities with CP. I really wanted to like this book a lot more, but didn't. Main reason was the third person narrative, it kept me at a distance, and I would have liked to get closer. Sure, his language is beautiful and it was nice to get in his head, but I got the feeling that it was just a part of the truth. somehow it was all a bit too beautiful, there was too much support, understanding, encouragement, fate, family, friends and lovely people around and too little of the struggle, the bullying and the loneliness all the disabled people I know experience. Poetry, Literature Fiction


    This is a memoir written by Nolan, an Irish man with cerebral palsy, mostly paralyzed and unable to move with coordination. At age 10, he got on a medication that allowed him to control his tremors and he was able to start typing with a stick attached to his head. His first effort was a volume of James-Joycian like poetry. His second book was this memoir. Recommended. Poetry, Literature Fiction This young man had no ability to speak 'til his father taped a stick to his head and placed a computer keyboard in front of him. 20 years of thought rushed out as his first book of poetry, including some invented words to best describe his view of the world. This is his second book: an autobiography. Amazing. Inspirational. Think ability. Poetry, Literature Fiction Very hard to understand and jumps around too much for me. Poetry, Literature Fiction The language and imagery are so rich--I had to read this one chapter at a time. Poetry, Literature Fiction Surely a remarkable achievement by Nolan in view of the tremendous obstacles he had to overcome, in some degree paralleling that of Helen Keller. Perhaps most impressive is the indomitable spirit of Nolan, boy and man. An inspiring true story. And yet, why only two stars?
    First, because the story doesn't really go anywhere; Nolan succeeds in finding ways to communicate and he gains admittance to good schools. End of story. And then there's his all-singing, all-dancing, all-encompassing, allegorical alliteration ..... any pairing, however far-fetched will do. After the first fifty pages of that, it becomes tiresome. Poetry, Literature Fiction