Planet of the Blind

A Memoir
CD - unabridged
Audio (5 discs)
Product Number: C1207
Released: Jun 16, 2000
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781841970462
Narrator/s: Brian Keeler
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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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Author(s): Stephen Kuusisto
Product Number EB00158053
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: #9780307830050

Professional reviews

"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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