Stephen Kuusisto is 'legally blind'. His sight is a kaleidoscope of colours and shapes, ordered only by his imagination. Planet of the Blind depicts life through his eyes in an elitist world where trusting strangers isn't an option, it's a necessity. Blindness in the 1950s was a social stigma. Stephen's mother wanted a normal life for him, so he fought desperately to uphold the illusion of sight. For a child frantic to fit in, each day was an exhausting pretence. He managed to ride a bike, when even reading involved pressing his nose to the page and painfully forcing his eyes to concentrate. Head up, he strode through a carefully memorised labyrinth of streets, hoping to fool passers-by that he could actually see.
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by Dave Pelzer
by Mel Levine
by Matthew Kelly
by Thomas Allen
by Ellen Jackson
"A self-consciously literary memoir tells of growing up with severely limited eyesight. Brian Keeler's sandy tenor gives us an awkward, self-pitying interpretation. The exercise reminds one of the far superior reminiscence by blind journalist Hector Chevigny, MY EYE HAVE A COLD NOSE (1946), which this reviewer recommends for its good humor and courage. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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