For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind

For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind

by Rosemary Mahoney

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Overview

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.

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316043434
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rose Tremain's fiction has won the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence) and has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (Restoration) and the Orange Prize (The Colour). Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker and the Paris Review, among other periodicals, and one was selected for The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008. Rose Tremain lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer Richard Holmes.

Table of Contents

Vision 3

Braille Without Borders 21

The Blind Leading the Blind 43

The Neglected Senses 66

For the Benefit of Those Who See 93

Navigation 135

The Blind Leading the Sighted 164

Perception 193

Sight Regained 227

The Definition of Real 247

Author's Note 269

Acknowledgments 271

Bibliography 273

Index 277

Reading Group Guide 291

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