"In this intelligent and humane book, Rosemary Mahoney writes of people who are blind....She reports on their courage and gives voice, time and again, to their miraculous dignity."Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree
In the tradition of Oliver Sacks's The Island of the Colorblind, Rosemary Mahoney tells the story of Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind in Tibet, and of Sabriye Tenberken, the remarkable blind woman who founded the school. Fascinated and impressed by what she learned from the blind children of Tibet, Mahoney was moved to investigate further the cultural history of blindness. As part of her research, she spent three months teaching at Tenberken's international training center for blind adults in Kerala, India, an experience that reveals both the shocking oppression endured by the world's blind, as well as their great resilience, integrity, ingenuity, and strength. By living among the blind, Rosemary Mahoney enables us to see them in fascinating close up, revealing their particular "quality of ease that seems to broadcast a fundamental connection to the world." Having read FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE WHO SEE, you will never see the world in quite the same way again.
Rosemary Mahoney is the author of The Early Arrival of Dreams, a New York Times Notable Book; Whoredom in Kimmage, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff, a New York Times Notable Book; and two other books. She was a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and is the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award.
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I wanted to let readers know how much I enjoyed the book FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE WHO SEE Dispatches from the World of the Blind. The personal stories of the individuals within the book are genuine, personal and endearing. Mentioning Laura Bridgman, who preceded Helen Keller by half a century was worthy of mention. Not too many people are aware of Bridgman and her contribution to other blind and visually impaired individuals including Helen Keller and her side-kick Anne Sullivan.
The two chapters that were most revealing to me were Perception and Sight Regained. I had never given thought to how one would react when gaining sight from having been blind. The Authors examples were revealing and very thought provoking. These two chapters along with the final chapter, The Definition of Real where Pynhoi (a blind student at Braille Without Borders) was recognized for her birthday along with the overwhelming emotions appearing to this saintly girl, was emotionally charged…...I felt her joy especially with the ending…..”….we found ourselves bathed in beautiful darkness.” How appropriate….
The book has given me further insight to the blind and visually impaired who come to us wanting to learn the sport of Judo (Blind Judo Foundation). All our blind visually impaired athletes have great resilience and dedication with Judo being somewhat foreign to them yet very intuitive. Once they start to practice and compete with sighted athletes their confidence level is exponential.
Thank you for writing the book Rosemary Mahoney. Job well done!