A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveller
He was known simply as the Blind Traveler -- a solitary, sightless adventurer who, astonishingly, fought the slave trade in Africa, survived a frozen captivity in Siberia, hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon, and helped chart the Australian outback. James Holman (1786-1857) became "one of the greatest wonders of the world he so sagaciously explored," triumphing not only over...more
"He was known simply as the Blind Traveler, a solitary, sightless adventurer who fought the slave trade in Africa, survived a frozen captivity in Siberia, hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon and helped chart the Australian outback. Once a celebrity, a bestselling author and inspiration to Charles Darwin and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the charismatic, witty Holman outlived his fame, dying in...more
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Holman's accomplishments are astonishing not just for their time, but for the fact he often traveled to foreign countries alone, not knowing the language or anyone there. The book also contains the best description I have ever read about how a blind person uses the textures...more
It is exceptional that a person ventured of his own initiative (with an impulse towards the exotic)- but perhaps even more epic, because this solo traveler was blind.
The Blind Traveler wrote more than 5 books, regarded himself of equal to any seeing task...more
Holman's charm and cunning nets him excursions to the Americas, Africa and the Orient - hunting slave...more
While I can not imagine myself being able to handle blindness he determined to travel as far and as much as possible and alone. The book gives insights into nineteenth century customs, modes of travel and the ways of the world during that period of time.
Favorite passage was at th...more
1. being blind
2. living in the 19th century
3. being in the british navy
4. the nature of world travel before there was a world tourism industy
5. the nature of the medical profession in england in the 19th century
A bit strange for a blind person to enjoy travel, but he was restless, so he made his...more