Vedi

Vedi

by Ved Mehta
     
 

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A month shy of his fifth birthday, Ved Mehta was sent 1300 miles from home to Dadar School for the Blind-- really an orphanage in Bombay run by a Christian minister with Western ideas about education. Blinded by meningitis, Vedi faced the grim life of the blind in India.

It was an act that required a great strength, a father sending a child to a foster home, but

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A month shy of his fifth birthday, Ved Mehta was sent 1300 miles from home to Dadar School for the Blind-- really an orphanage in Bombay run by a Christian minister with Western ideas about education. Blinded by meningitis, Vedi faced the grim life of the blind in India.

It was an act that required a great strength, a father sending a child to a foster home, but from it Vedi learned self-reliance. His career is testimony to the correctness of that decision.

"Vedi had all the experiences of ordinary childhood, but ceased being a child before he was five. Thus in the narratives two voices emerge: the child and the adult. When the child speaks, grim events seem innocent and funny. But when the adult speaks, even ordinary moments seem sad, reflected in a memory that brings together past and present with bittersweet eloquence." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

Editorial Reviews

Clark Blaise
More than a decade ago, Ved Mehta embarked on a project that extented his locations -- in history and society as well as in family -- and his family biography (beginning with Vaddyji in 1972) is a reflection of larger themes...his trajectory is inevitably remote from ours, but his inner world...is as close as thought can make. His is obviously a singular...I urge you to begin catching up with it. -- The New York Times Book Review
John Mortimer
Fate, which cursed Mehta with blindness, gave him the enormous gift of a way with language. His memory is based on the feel of faces, the smell of people, and the sound of the headmaster's shoes in a school where all the other feet were bare. This truth-telling gives the book a remote, Kafka-like quality which makes you wonder where the blind child gets the courage to endure life which must have so much terror in it. -- The Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393304176
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/1987
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.61(d)

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