The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life

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by Helen Keller
     
 

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Helen Keller, born in June 1880 in a tiny town in northern Alabama, was nineteen months old and had just begun to talk when she contracted an unnamed disease which robbed her of her sight and hearing. Through the help of family, friends, and a heroic teacher, Helen not only learned to read and write but also learned Greek, Latin, French and graduated from college.

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Helen Keller, born in June 1880 in a tiny town in northern Alabama, was nineteen months old and had just begun to talk when she contracted an unnamed disease which robbed her of her sight and hearing. Through the help of family, friends, and a heroic teacher, Helen not only learned to read and write but also learned Greek, Latin, French and graduated from college. This is an inspirational story written in her own words.

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ISBN-13:
2940013649132
Publisher:
Girlebooks
Publication date:
08/04/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
553,119
File size:
929 KB

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The Story of My Life 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 238 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best autobiography I have ever read by far. Helen Keller writes with a simplicity yet elegance that opens your eyes to the world of the deaf and blind. This book has told me that she was the lucky one. She saw things others might never notice. An excellent source of literature for all ages. This will light a fire in your soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here is an individual who faced 3 huge obstacles: blindness, deafness and no ability to speak. Yet this individual wasn¿t deterred in the slightest for her yearning to learn. Reading this book you will see parts of the story of Helen Keller that you¿ve never heard before because she is telling the story. Helen Keller had a very difficult time when she was little. She couldn¿t see or hear therefore she couldn¿t talk which often made her very upset. And so she would throw tantrums quite often when she could not get people to understand her. But that was all over when Helen met her teacher who was a ray of sunshine, a glimmer of hope in a black world of everlasting night. Helen was determined at first but then began to believe it was impossible to ever fit in with anybody else. But her new teacher never gave up and from the moment Helen said her first word ¿water¿, she took off like a rocket, learning to talk, read and write, all the while learning little lessons on science, math and history, ever grateful to her teacher who gave her all hope, and joy in her life, to be able to talk with her mouth instead of her hands. But Helen¿s story did not stop there, she went on to college . She even loved canoeing and sailing. It will never cease to amaze me how someone with such extreme disabilities would go on to live life to it¿s fullest extent and enjoy it 100%. The story of Helen Keller is one that will inspire me to enjoy life even during times of hardship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, I have to say that the quality of the scanned copy of this book was horrendous. There were garbled words in almost every sentence and, sometimes, it was impossible to figure out what it was supposed to be. Also, paragraphs and sentences were broken in the middle with the book title in the middle of a page. Leaving all of that aside, the story was mesmerizing. I cannot fathom how Helen Keller managed to accomplish all that she did with her limitations. But, reading this story, if you didn't know she was blind and deaf, you would think it was written by someone who has no disabilities. Her insights were amazing. After reading it, I cannot imagine how anyone who has not disabilities could dare to complain about anything in their lives. It is worth slogging through the terrible scanned version just to be able to experience the beauty of life through the eyes of who can see more than most sighted people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Story of my Life was a fantastic book. Helen Keller really showed how hard it was being both blind and deaf. She demonstrated her stuggles, accomplishments, and fears. Helen revealed many sides of her through this book. It makes me sad to think about how she had a tough life, but it makes me happy to see how much she accomplished throughout her life. This book is a very good book, and it should be on everybody's to read list!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here is an individual who faced 3 huge obstacles: blindness, deafness and no ability to speak. Yet this individual wasn¿t deterred in the slightest for her yearning to learn. Reading this book you will see parts of the story of Helen Keller that you¿ve never heard before because she is telling the story. Helen Keller had a very difficult time when she was little. She couldn¿t see or hear therefore she couldn¿t talk, which often made her very upset. And so she would throw tantrums quite often when she could not get people to understand her. But that was all over when Helen met her teacher 'Anne Sullivan' who was a ray of sunshine, a glimmer of hope in a black world of everlasting night. Helen was determined at first, but then began to believe it was impossible to ever fit in with anybody else. Her new teacher never gave up and from the moment Helen said her first word ¿water¿, she took off like a rocket. She learned to talk, read and write, all the while learning little lessons on science, math, and history. She was always grateful to her teacher, who gave her hope and joy, to be able to talk with her mouth instead of her hands. But Helen¿s story did not stop there. She went on to college, and learned to love canoeing and sailing. It will never cease to amaze me how someone with such extreme disabilities would go on to live life to it¿s fullest extent and enjoy it 100%. The story of Helen Keller is one that will inspire me to enjoy life even during times of hardship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really thought it was touching and a beautiful story. I used to love to read about helen keller and anne frank. I was almost obsessed with reading and learnig about them. My name is alicia najera nd i hope you enjoy this book as much as i did.
skylar wilson More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. Although the typographical errors made the book more strenuous to read, the story was magnificent in general.
Annika Downey More than 1 year ago
it was a good story......but like alot of free books it dors have some errors.BE SURE TO BOOKMARK because otherwise it pops up at the beginning.still good though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A pretty good story but the person above me is right. There are a lot of typos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She was a biography writer whos biography turned into a classic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible scan.... luved book, but awful scan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so touching and sad but I have the 200 page book and I relly love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book and enjoyed having to decypher the typos. It made the book interesting though it was annoying at times. I liked having a challenge, but if you aren't up to it, I wouldn't recommend it to you. In my opinion, I enjoyed the story and Helen's way of writing! Beautifully written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book good
MrsLeahC More than 1 year ago
While I am sure that this book is wonderful, I couldn't get past all of the typos. I am going to find a version that is easier to read! Just an example of free not working out on nook!
Leticia Sullivant More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written autobiography. However, there are too many distracting typographical errors. I didn't bother to get past the first chapter. Disappointing!
Tara21TC More than 1 year ago
I've always looked up to Helen Keller and thought she was a great woman, but I've never really known much about her. I always thought that she was born deaf and blind. I never knew that it was an illness that took these precious gifts away from her when she was only a year and seven months. All I knew was that she was a lady who-for some reason-was deaf and blind but still managed to communicate thanks to her teacher Anne Sullivan, but that is all. Everything else about this amazing lady and all her accomplishments I had absolutely no idea about. As I read this book, it opened my eyes to all the amazing things she accomplished that some people with out any disabilities at all fail to achieve. Time and time again I am amazed at the deepness of Helen Keller's thoughts and feelings and also the way she expresses herself. Every time I sit down to read her book I am amazed by her writing. Her comparisons and metaphors rival that of any other writer. The way she almost puts emotion into the person reading the book just because that emotion is felt so deeply by her and described so well in her writing, it's phenomenal. I'll just give one or two examples of her writing that are one of my favorites mostly because I did not feel the same way about the subject as she did but now I do because of her phenomenal word choice and metaphor. "Every one who wishes to gain true knowledge must climb the Hill Difficulty alone, and since there is no royal road to the summit, I must zigzag it in my own way. I slip back many times, I fall, I stand still, I run against the edge of hidden obstacles, I lose my temper and find it again and keep it better. I trudge on, I gain a little, I feel encouraged, I get more eager and climb higher and begin to see the widening horizon. Every struggle is a victory. One more effort and I reach the luminous cloud, the blue depths of the sky, the uplands of my desire" (Helen Keller 75). Just the way she talks about her desire and struggles to learn and grow makes me want to grow and experience that same sense of satisfaction that comes after all the battles have been won and opposition conquered. She also goes on to say that, "great poetry . . . needs no other interpreter than a responsive heart . . . it is not necessary that one should be able to define every word and give it its practical parts and its grammatical position in the sentence in order to understand and appreciate a fine poem" (Helen Keller 83). This different view opened up a new way of looking at reading for me, one where I might not understand everything I read but none the less enjoy and love what I'm reading. There have been many times where I have tried to read a book but not know what all the words meant and not understand it as deeply as maybe a college professor would but that should not keep me from enjoying the book. If a book is a good book and worth reading you will be able to tell what the writer was trying to say not only through the text on the page, but through the feeling and thoughts that were put into writing that book. If no feeling was there when written then that book is probably not worth reading. I think that this is what Helen Keller was trying to say, and this book is the perfect definition of a book full of thought and feeling.very time I pick this book up I spend more time pondering what she is saying than reading because this book is so deep and so full of ideas that it's impossible not to think about them. This book inspir
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells all.Helen Keller accomplished many things she even went to collgege after being blind and death i dont understand how she did it.Although till this day it is still very hard for me to understnad this book because of the fact that she not like all.This book was very suspenseful i wnated to know how she did it when did it.I recomend this book to all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Story of My Life was a fantastic novel. Helen Keller really showed how hard it was being both blind and deaf. Her teacher Anne Sullivan helped her overcome all of her disabilities. She also demonstrated her struggles, accomplishments, and fears. Helen revealed many sides of herself through this book. It makes me sad to think about how she had a tough life, but it makes me happy to see how much she accomplished throughout her life. This book is a very good novel, and it should be on everybody's to read list!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Helen Keller overcame feats that seemed overwhelming to the average person,not withstanding disabilities. Beautifully written. A must read!
Anonymous 8 months ago
The auther was blind so it would be confusin anyways
B Batres 8 months ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose this book for a research.  I recommend this book because it lets you get a better look into Helen’s life and get to know her better.  It wasn’t a long book and it also had letters she had written to people in the past and side notes from other people.  I usually can’t keep focus when reading a book but I couldn’t put this book down.  It was so interesting because not only did she tell her story of how she came over her life obstacles, but we could also see what she was thinking at the moment and how well she wrote in her letters.  It was an easy read, but one thing I didn’t like was that some stories she told I didn’t find relevant.  Other then that, I recommend this book to whoever wants to be inspired.  It really makes you appreciate what you have and makes you not want to take what you have for granted. 
Anonymous 8 months ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose The Story of My Life: The Restored Edition as my primary source for my research project on Helen Keller. This book gave me so much new insight and also great information about Helen's early life as a young child and as an adventurous college student. Before reading and researching about her, I knew very little of Helen Keller. I was only aware about her condition as a blind, deaf, and mute person. This autobiography was very interesting, descriptive, and an easy read. The chapter were short and straight to the point. It was very useful when I began answering questions for my project. However, at times I did have to rely on some websites to complete a couple of answers. I loved how Helen viewed and described every one of her surroundings. Also, I enjoyed learning about her progression of communication. I recommend this book for those looking for some motivation and inspiration. She inspires me to always try my best and to never quit no matter what condition you may be in. I would definitely love to reread it in my spare time. Helen Keller's story is quite unforgettable and provides various life lessons that we can use within our own!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose The Story of My Life: The Restored Edition as my primary source for my research project on Helen Keller. This book gave me so much new insight and also great information about Helen's early life as a young child and as an adventurous college student. Before reading and researching about her, I knew very little of Helen. I was only aware of her condition as a blind, deaf, and mute person. This autobiography was very interesting, descriptive, and an easy read. It was very useful when answering many questions. However, at times I did have to rely on some websites to complete some answers. I loved how Helen viewed and described every one of her surroundings. Also, I enjoyed learning about her progression of communication. I recommend this book for those looking for some motivation and inspiration. She inspires me to always try my best and to never quit no matter what condition you are in. Helen Keller's story unforgettable and provides many life lessons that we can use within our own!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose The Story of My Life: The Restored Edition as my primary source for my research project on Helen Keller. This book gave me so much new insight and also great information about Helen's early life as a young child and as an adventurous college student. Before reading and researching about her, I knew very little of Helen. I was only aware of her condition as a blind, deaf, and mute person. This autobiography was very interesting, descriptive, and an easy read. It was very useful when answering many questions. I loved how Helen viewed and described every one of her surroundings. Also, I enjoyed learning about her progression of communication. I recommend this book for those looking for some motivation and inspiration. Helen Keller's story unforgettable and provides many life lessons that we can use within our own!