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Book Title: For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind|
The author of the book: Rosemary Mahoney
Edition: Hachette Audio
Date of issue: January 24th 2014
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Reader ratings: 7.1
ISBN 13: 9781478900917
Format files: PDF
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This was a strange book for me to read. I've read quite a bit about blindness, but the books I've read have been written by blind people. This book was written by a sighted woman with a very great fear of blindness, and a grave discomfort around those who could not see.
As a college student, the author suffered an eye injury which caused her to lose the sight in her right eye for a month. This terrified her, and, from this experience, she formed the idea that she would rather be dead than blind. I find such things difficult to read. I'm a 33-year-old, totally blind woman who leads a well-adjusted life. I don't think of myself as being all that different from sighted people. The author sees people like me quite differently, and there were times I found it difficult to keep myself from internalizing what she wrote.
She went to Tibet to write a magazine article about Braille without Borders, a school founded by a totally blind woman from Germany. When she met the school's founder, she was surprised by her capability and self-possession. In fact, there was a scene where she actually tries to get this woman to admit she's not really blind. I found this very childish behavior.
She agrees to teach English at a school for blind adults in India. I'm not sure why she chose to do this, since her fear of blindness is still very present. As she gets to know her blind students, she slowly comes to the understanding that blind people aren't really all that different from those who can see. What a concept!
I found myself greatly disturbed by her need to describe the eyes of every blind person she encountered. I'm aware that many blind people have eyes that look unhealthy. I did not need to read countless descriptions. Some of them made me a bit queasy, and I failed to see the necessity for that kind of description.
There is a chapter that deals with the history of the blind, how society treated them, what misconceptions have been held throughout the centuries. This could have been interesting, but it went on way too long. She went off on several tangents, and these made the book difficult to follow.
Maybe this book is helpful for the sighted, but I found it to be pretty annoying. I did enjoy learning what life was like for blind people in developing countries, but I could have found that out some other way.
To sighted people who may read this, please don't think all blind people act like the ones in this book. I have never dumped hot tea down someone's neck. I do not routinely bang my head on countless objects, and I travel with a guide dog instead of a white cane. All I can really say is that we are individuals with our own strengths and weaknesses, just like anyone else.
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Read information about the authorRosemary Mahoney (born January 28, 1961 Boston) is an American non-fiction writer.
She grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, andgraduated from St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire). She worked briefly for Lillian Hellman.
She has attended Yaddo.
She has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Times Book Review, Elle, National Geographic Traveler, O Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine.
The Early Arrival of Dreams: A Year in China was a New York Times Notable Book in 1990, and Whoredom in Kimmage: The World of Irish Women, was a New York Times Notable book and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in 1994, British writer Jan Morris listed her 2007 Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff, as one of the 86 best travel books of all time.