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A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    An Absorbing Trip

    Jason Roberts takes a providential find in an obscure library book and takes us thru a well-researched and eye-opening tour of the world that existed during the early 19th Century. Like the main character, the story is very well-paced and enlightening. Surprisingly, for a world tour, geography is not the main focus. Instead, we are introduced to the cultures and lifestyles that populated a mostly unknown planet. A planet not yet crossed by steam or rail, but instead wind, hooves, and feet.

    James Holman comes to life as a determined and eternally optomistic personality--refusing to be sidelined by any hardship. He blazes a trail around the globe, refusing to be put off by illness, politics, or budget. He also treads thru the world as few visually-impaired ever had--developing his own techniques decades before formal schools for the blind were created. He literally becomes a citizen of the world embracing each new culture and personality he meets.

    Holman was also gifted enough to share his travels thru writing and story telling. Jason Roberts is equally gifted and vividly brings Holman and the time period back to life and takes us all on one more tour of the world. After this trip, let's hope we all see the world better with our feet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    Alameda AL

    This book is on my short list of the best books I¿ve read this year that clearly fulfills the contract with the reader. A Sense of the World, by Jason Roberts, a good yarn about a likeable protagonist, disagreeable antagonists not easily disposed of, and a continuous struggle to overcome impossible odds. A book in which the narrative flows so smoothly, the scholarly research is all but invisible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2007

    Travel back in time...

    Slow but satisfying journey of a book with an extraordinary man, James Holman. He was a remarkable person of courage, curiousity and perseverance, and not one scintilla of self-pity. Glad I 'met' and traveled a while with him. Great biography!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2007

    Highly Recommended

    Roberts is a superb writer. _A Sense of the World_ flows easily, and is a very enjoyable read. Above all, I'm delighted that Roberts has brought to life the story of an extraordinary man who might otherwise have been lost to history. James Holman's journey is inspirational, intriguing, and should not be missed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    Very well done!

    I was browsing through books a couple of weeks ago in my local bookstore and came across this title. I had never heard of the author but the subject matter of a blind man traveling the world during a time when there was practically no consideration for people with physical disabilities was very interesting. I bought the book and it has become one of my favorite books of all time. It was very well written and extremely entertaining. The best part was that it was all true! Reading this book made me wish I could have met James Holman. You would definitely be doing yourself a favor by reading this book.

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    Posted December 9, 2008

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