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Posted July 30, 2012
Great book, great story - fast and enjoyable...
I really enjoyed this book because it made for a nice quick summer read that was fascinating and enjoyable. I really enjoy biographies, but this book was interestingly based on assumptions brought about by little known facts of an affair Helen Keller had. Great writing, good depiction of characters and an interesting twist on what you may not have known about Helen Keller.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2012
This is a truly remarkable book and I encourage you to read it.
This is a truly remarkable book and I encourage you to read it. There are a variety of ways this work touched me and I think there is something for everyone in it. I will admit, when I first heard the title I was prone to silly and flippant comment, due to my ignorance of this moving and TRUE story. But now I am so glad I did read it. It is a great love story, a sad tale of resilience and acceptance, an absolutely fascinating exploration into what the minute to minute sensory life of this remarkable person (HK) was like, and a portal into a time when the world was growing up. One of the recent reviews of this great book actually thought it was a novel, but the fact is (I heard Dr. Sultin read in Brookline MA) that this is a super-well researched historical novel, and really more a sensory and emotional treatment of an historical event. There are a TON of books written about Helen Keller, for good reason, but the fact that this powerful, true and moving part of her life has mostly been ignored (till now) is a gaping and indicative hole in the Helen Keller narrative. Also, definitely go hear a reading of this book by the author. I live in California, but was lucky enough to be in the Boston area during a reading. It is almost like a seminar in the emotional and historical context of the Helen Keller story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2012
In Rosie Sultan’s debut historical fiction novel she tell
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In Rosie Sultan’s debut historical fiction novel she tells a tale of a very brief love affair that Helen Keller kept very private. Although there is little known about the relationship between Helen and Peter Fagan the author imagines a very believable story. This is only a love story on the surface; underneath there’s a disturbing vision of the people close to Helen. Those people demand attention and control making her dependent to the point of helplessness. This becomes clear to her as her relationship with Peter deepens. Choosing between the love she desperately desires and the need of those around her becomes an emotional drama.
I love it when a novel awakens a desire in me to learn more. This was an emotional rollercoaster of a read for me. I didn’t want to dislike some of the characters, but I was so invested in the story that I couldn’t help myself. The flow and the pacing of the story were great and I found myself wishing that I could just sit down and read it through. Even though I know a few things about Helen Keller the author was so convincing that I had hope that it would end differently. I have no problem recommending this book.