For the Benefit of Those Who See

For the Benefit of Those Who See

Dispatches From the World of the Blind

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"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.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780316043427
Branch Call Number: ANF 371.911095 MAH
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 06, 2015

a real eye-opener (no pun intended). I loved this book - far from being a dry, scholarly text, it was full of anecdotes and stories of the various students that Ms Mahoney met and lived with. Her experiences were primarily in Tibet, Nepal and India, but the students were from all over the world. So completely engrossing and it gave me much to think about in terms of our common needs & fears, and the things that SHOULD give us joy.

freeasabird Mar 05, 2014

I really love this book. I may read it over again. It really reveals the experience of being blind. There are so many individual stories of the amazing, special children in the two schools (Tibet & India) where the author taught English, plus a mini-history of how the blind have been treated in many countries, over the last few centuries. I loved learning what the white cane is for (not just to see if there's a bump in the path ahead), and I now have a far deeper appreciation for the fullness of the lives of the blind.

I've been emailing and talking about this book with everyone I 'see', and I look forward to reading all of the author's books she's written in the past. Did I mention that her writing style just pops with immediacy, wit and charm?

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