A Memoir

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An irreverent, tragicomic, astoundingly articulate memoir about going blind--and growing up On his eighteenth birthday, Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a congenital, progressive disease marked by night-blindness, tunnel vision, and, eventually, total blindness. In this penetrating, nervy memoir, which ricochets between meditation and black comedy, Knighton tells the story of his fifteen-year descent into blindness while incidentally revealing the world of the sighted in all its phenomenal peculiarity. Stumbling literally and emotionally into darkness, into love, and into adulthood, he uses his disability to provide a window into the human condition. His experience of blindness offers unexpected perspectives on sight and the other senses, culture, identity, language, and our fears and fantasies. Cockeyed is not a conventional confessional. Knighton is powerful and irreverent in words and thought, and impatient with the preciousness we've come to expect from books on disability. Readers will find it hard to put down this wild ride around their everyday world with a wicked, smart, blind guide at the wheel.
Publisher: New York :, Public Affairs
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780143182740
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Lucky_luxe Feb 06, 2011

Well written and hilarious. Knighton has a sense of humour about his disability that doesn't make you feel sorry for him but almost proud of his over coming obsticles.

Jan 13, 2011

Knighton has a great sense of humor, and his style is wonderful. His content, however, leaves something to be desired. Throughout the book are comments about how blind people are sloppy, closed off from the world, and lacking in a full and enriching life. There are plenty of blind people who are capable of doing much more than Knighton implies.

I recommend this book only for Knighton's humor. As for it being a record of a blind person's life experience, "Cockeyed" is inaccurate.

Angela_biblio Aug 06, 2009

One of the funniest books I've ever read!

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