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Posted June 8, 2011
It has been said that everyone has a story to tell, but what a powerful one Belo Cipriani had with his memoir Blind. I finished this book in two nights and I relived the past few years of his life when he was brutally beaten blind by people he knew. His moving story is told with candor (and humor) and though I can only assume I would have completely given up on everything and have been full of self pity - this amazing man shares a journey of strength and endurance like I cannot imagine. Fascinating how losing something can make someone so enlightened in all that they do. I highly recommend this book about a period in this incredible person's life that has shaped who he will forever be as a person and as a writer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 25, 2011
I should state right off that I met Belo when he was starting his graduate studies at the university that I worked at, and my draw to him personally was in no small part due to his serene demeanor, brilliant smile, and his adorable guide dog Madge. I never asked Belo how he became blind, I've seen too often how people focus on the obvious about a person and it shapes the relationship from there on, so I only wanted to know him as a person who always smiled when I said hello and complimented my on my perfume. That doesn't mean that I wondered about his story since we all have one, and I knew that it would be a doozy when I did discover it. I did read this in one sitting because I could not put it down. His story is amazing, not because I know him now as a man who navigates the seeing world as a blind person, but because of the honesty that he tells it with. The horror of how he became blind, the depths of depression as his world drastically changed overnight, his humility in learning to deal with everyday mundane tasks in new ways- all of these things are apparent in his story. But what makes it special is seeing the humor, the kindness, the grace, the openness, the gentleness, and beyond all else the lovingness that Belo IS. If Oprah WERE continuing her show, Belo would have a spot on it to share his story with the masses, to inspire them, and (especially for those of us who are sighted) to have us HEAR life in a new way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.