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Recounting her triumph over deafness and blindness and her journey toward becoming one of the most successful and admired women of this century, Helen Keller writes her own remarkable story, providing an emblem of hope and possibility for all.
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 1st 1980 by Watermill Press (first published 1902)
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Laurel
I have always held Helen Keller in high regard. How can you not, really? She is a remarkable woman. I did a report on her in grade school, and though I forgot many facts of her life over the years, what I learned of her perseverance and strength of spirit left a lasting impression on me.

Helen Keller's spirit certainly shines in this short but beautifully written memoir, which Helen wrote when she was just 22 (and, worth noting, attending Radcliffe College).

I think most know that Helen lost her s...more
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يا لجمال روحها التي ترى بها الأشياء، وتسمع بها الأصوات!!
ومن جمال روحها انبثقت رؤيتها للكون من حولها...تصف الطبيعة من حولها وكأنها تراها بعينيها، وتسمع كل صوت فيها بأذنيها...وكم ممن يملكون عيونا وسمعا لا يدركون موطن الجمال في كل ما هو حولهم!!

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هيلين كيلر...قصة أخرى من القصص المحفزة والملهمة...لامرأة تحدت إعاقتها...وكانت بحق إلهاما للكثيرين حتى زمننا هذا...من فتاة لا تسمع ولا ترى...انطلقت إلى معرفة أسماء الأشياء ومن ثم فهم الأفكار العميقة وإدراك المفاهيم المعنوية و تعلم القراءة والكتابة والنطق، والأ
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Caitlin
This is an interesting book in that it exactly fails to answer the question that you wish it would answer: what is it like to be both blind and deaf?

Of course her education was marvelous and it is amazing that a young woman with those disabilities was able to overcome them and become a productive member of society. However, I found that the book focused much more on "how I became normal" instead of on "how my life is different."

I found the prose to be a bit flowery (perhaps a product of the er...more
Lona
هذا الكتاب يصف كيف ممكن أن يُحدث دخول شخص في حياة شخص أخر من تأثير كان أشبه بدخول الضوء لدهاليز الروح و إنقاذها من سجنها وإطلاق سراحها لتحيى حياتها .. .. اقتباس:-
"وشيئاً فشيئاً اكتسبت التعود على الظلام والسكون اللذين شملاني ونسيت كلية أن الأمر كان مختلفاً تماماً في الماضي، وظل الحال كذلك حتى جاءت معلمتي التي حررت روحي أطلقتها من سجنها"



هذا الكتاب دفعني بالتفكير هل مرَّ علي ذلك النوع من المعلمين الذين تركوا بصمة في حياتي؟ ذلك النوع الذي ينطبق عليهم قول الشاعر أحمد شوقي :-
قم للمعلم وفِّه التبجيلا
...more
Sarah AlFozan

إنني أتذكر ذلك الصباح الذي سألت فيه لأول مرة عن معنى كلمة (حب ) ، وكان ذلك قبل أن أتعلم الكثير من الكلمات ، دعوني أحكي لكم هذه الواقعة ، فقد وجدت بعض أزهار الربيع المبكرة الظهور في الحديقة ، فاحضرتها إلى معلمتي ، فحاولت بدورها أن تقبلني كنوع من التعبير عن الأمتنان ، لكن في ذلك الوقت لم أكن أرغب في أن يقبلني أحد فيما عدا أمي ، فأحاطتني الآنسة سولفان بذراعها برقة ولطف وتهجت على أصابعي الكلمات التالية : ” أحبك يا هيلين ” ، فسألتها : ” ماهو الحب ؟ ” ، فجذبتني لتقربني إليها أكثر وقالت : ” إنه هنا ،...more
Sarah
A lovely, quotable book, similar to the writing of L.M. Montgomery.

Which is also what bothers me about it.

When I first read this, years and years ago, I was impressed by all the poetic imagery. And it is impressive that she was so well versed in the language of sight and sound. But reading the book now? All those bells, and crickets, and clouded, blue skies...just make me sad. She wasn't meeting us halfway. She was meeting us all the way.

She touches on the problem, herself:
At that time I eagerly...more
Ilhem
هيلين كيلر أسطورة تحدي... ومعجزة نبوغ!!

«"عندما يُغلق باب السعادة، يُفتح آخر ، ولكن في كثير من الأحيان ننظر طويلا إلى الأبواب المغلقة بحيث لا نرى الأبواب التي فُتحت لنا".»
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حين شارفتُ على الإنتهاء من قراءة كتاب "قصة حياتي العجيبة" طرِح عليّ سؤال: هل اكتشفتِ سر عظمة المرأة أم ليس بعد؟
هذا السؤال كنت قد طرحته على نفسي منذ سنوات، أي منذ سمعت يوما أن هناك فتاة من القرن التاسع عشر قد تحدت الإعاقة لتكون عظيمة... بالنسبة للإعاقة كنت أعرف انها الصمم والعمى أما بالنسبة للعظمة فقد بقي يشغل بالي سرها وإن ع...more
John
It's part of human nature to ocassionally feel sorry for yourself. "Why do I have to have it so hard?" "Why did this have to happen to me?"

But it's hard to feel sorry for yourself when reading Keller's remarkable story. To paraphrase Faulkner, she didn't just survive, she prevailed!
Adrienne
This book was purely inspirational to me. Helen Keller has some great insights on life that we can all learn from. One of my favorite quotes from her book in Helen's own words: “Is it not true, then, that my life with all its limitations touches at many points the life of the World Beautiful? Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.

“Sometimes it is true, a sense of isolation enfolds me like a cold mist as I sit alone a...more
K.D. Absolutely
This is a sweet inspiring thin book (100+ pages excluding the Letters portion) and I finished this just in two days. Despite being deaf and blind, she was able to get a good education and helped people who were in the same situation as she was. This autobiography was written by Helen in 1903 but its strong message (that physical deformity should not be a hindrance to fulfill one’s dreams) still applies in generations to come. For me, a book can be defined as classic if it has a lesson that can t...more
Wellington
Mark Twain once said that the two most fascinating people of the 19th century were Napoleon and Helen Keller. I've yet to read anything on Napoleon but I can feel the fascination with Helen.

This edition was in three parts. The first is a series of installments originally written for the Ladies Home Journal in 1902. Serial installments just don't strike me really well. Or it could just be that Helen Keller does not give herself credit to the person she became. Later I realized that it's the words...more
بلال طه
يعني مفيش كلام أقدر أقوله الصراحة أنا بتدلع
هيلين كتبت الكتاب و عندها 22 سنة وهي في الكلية
تقولي عادي و إيه يعني ؟
لكن لما تقرأ الكتاب وتعرف قصتها و فقدانها حاستي السمع والبصر و هي في عمر أقل من سنتين
لا عندها من الذاكرة الصوتية ما يساعدها على النطق و لا الذاكرة البصرية حتى تستطيع فهم الاشياء
سلاحها الوحيد الاصرار و الصبر و حاسة اللمس والشم
تعلمت اللغة عن طريق الاشارات باليد بمعني تمسك يدها ثم وتصنع الاشارات كي تفهمها
كانت تعرف 4لغات غير المعلومات الادبية والتاريخية و المفاجأة أنها تستطيع النطق وهي ل...more
Amy
I. just. can't.

I suppose it's a matter of taste, but I hated this book. I didn't expect the life of a deaf and blind girl in the late 19th and early 20th century to be very exciting, but I had hoped for more...I don't know...emotion...substance...story...

There are some nice moments in this book and Helen Keller's life is inspiring, but for the most part this book is mind numbing.

***** SPOILER ALERT*****

This is what happened to Helen Keller:

She had a horrible illness at nineteen months old which...more
Grace
This is Helen Keller's autobiography, written when by Keller when she was still in college. It starts out with basically the major events in her life up through her college years. Then, it has letters written by Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Sounds somewhat interesting and enjoyable right? Maybe some cool stories about what it's like to be blind and deaf and not know Braille. maybe some details about her training in reading and writing in math.

The entire time I read this book, I seriou...more
Marwa
أقل ما يقال عنها أنها رائعة.
انها روعة مزدوجة.. روعة معجزة الله في خلقه لهذه الانسانة وما وصلت اليه من علم وثقافة وكيف وصلت اليه، وروعة الانسانة الأخرى التي جعلها الله سببا في أن تصل هيلين كيلر لما وصلت اليه وهي مدرستها آني سوليفان.
ليست مبالغة اذا ما قلت ان شخصية هيلين كيلر صنعها دأب مدرستها آني التي شعرت بما تحمله تلك الطفلة المسكينة التي فقدت بصرها وسمعها ومن ثم نطقها في سن 19 شهر. لقد شعرت بما في داخل تلميذتها من استعداد للتعلم والمثابرة جعلها تتحول من فتاة معاقة ومعيقة إلى مصدر الهام لأجيال...more
دينا سليمان
.قد قال أحد الحكماء (المعرفة قوة) أما بالنسبة لى فإن المعرفة (بهجة وسعادة) لأنك حين تكون لديك المعرفة تصبح قادرا على التمييز بين ماهو حقيقى وماهو زائف
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هيلين كيلر فتاة صنعت المستحيل حقا ..فقد استطاعت ان تقتنص الأمل
عرفت عن حياتها ماجعلنى اخجل امام نفسى
عن لغة الكتاب فهى سهله ومبسطه جدا لاأدرى بسبب سنها الصغير اثناء كتابته
ام تبسيط الترجمه.. لكنى فى حاجه للتعرف على كتابات أخرى لهيلين كيلر
Glamorous
تحدثت هيلين كيلر في هذا الكتاب عن اعاقتها المزدوجة والنور الذي اطلّ عليها (معلمتها آن سوليفان)
بالنسبة لفتاة فقدت سمعها وبصرها فهي تحسن وصف الحياة كما لم ارها وأشعر بها !

علمني هذا الكتاب انه مهما انقطعت بنا السبل ، نستطيع ان نشارك ، نعيش ، ونتواصل
ومهما فقدنا ، لن نفقد الحياة نفسها
Mamdouh Abdullah
في مقالة للمؤرخ اليساري هوارد زن عن إيما غولدون، انتقد زن التغييب الذي تمارسه بعض وسائل الإعلام عن بعض الشخصيات المؤثرة في الحراك الاجتماعي. ذكر عدة أسماء ومن بينها هيلين كيلر. قال بما معناه أن الغالبية من الناس يعرفون هيلين كيلر كمعجزة إنسانية ولا يعرفون هيلين كيلر الإشتراكية التي تهاجم الحرب والناقدة للفقر والاضطهاد. اتفق مع ما ذكره زن حول هذا التغييب. أما في حالة هيلين كيلر فلا أجد أي مبرر لتقديمها للجمهور منتسبة لأي تيار لأن قوتها هي في معجزتها البشرية، وهذه المعجزة حين تنتقد وتتحدث عن الفقر...more
Heather
May 13, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Heather by: Kathleen
I had always admired Helen Keller, and everyone knows about her and hears her quoted, but it was amazing to read her own account of how she acquired language and see how adept she became at using it. Her insights about education and descriptions of nature and friendship are universally appealing and made me appreciate just how remarkable both she and Anne Sullivan were. In addition to that, she has a beautiful soul that is full of gratitude and optimism, which is not common among those that know...more
Bridgette
This was incredibly disappointing. Ms. Keller's book is too lighthearted. I have an immense respect for people who live, learn, and succeed against all odds but Ms. Keller's account of her early years is all sunshine and daisies. It is not believeable or real. There is no heartache, anger, or frustation that we all know that had to be a part of her daily life. She goes into way too much detail describing flowers and people and books she likes. There is no substance. Uggh... and I wanted to like...more
Stein
==Inexpression becomes eloquence==
Here we have the most complete and comprehensive volume illuminating the childhood and youth of Helen Keller in a revised edition of the original 1903 publication. It is divided into three main sections: 1. Keller's early autobiography "The Story of My Life"; 2. Letters written by her and to her 1887-1901; 3. A supplementary account of Keller, principally by her teacher Annie Sullivan.

This book is definitely one that will interest anyone who is related to or wor...more
Hamida
من ظلام دامس و صمت مطبق و عزلة تامة عن ما يحيط حولها إلى روح قوية ذات إرادة جبّارة و يقين جميل .. كأنها ارتد إليها بصرها و سمعها ..
آن سولفان المعلمة المذهلة أوقدت شمعة دافئة في عمق بئر هيلين الحالك لتتفتح بصيرتها إلى ما حولها و تنطلق هيلين تجوب العالم كأنها تراه و كان لها الأثر الأكبر في تغيير حياتها من مجرد فتاة تعيش في سواد حالك إلى روح متألقة لها دورها البارز في الحياة ، و كذلك قوة إرادتها بالرغم مصابها ، وولعها الكبير للتعلّم منذ أن أدركت أن للأشياء التي تتحسسها بيديها مسميات و أن هناك عالم...more
Michael
Here's the amazing story of Helen Keller, a deaf and blind woman who achieved so much and experienced so much of life despite her handicaps. Besides her own story, it's a tribute to Ann Sullivan, her devoted teacher, who made such a difference in her life. I didn't know before that one of the main ways Helen learned was by people signing into her hands. I also learned that she read lips by physically feeling people's mouths. And I was surprised to hear that she experienced works of art, such as...more
Dain Mun
"The story of my life" by Helen Keller is one of my favorite biography book I've read. She used to be my idol who overcomes her disablities and succeed in her life. When she was young, he caught a fever. That caused her to become a deaf and blind. She was a crazy child because she didn't know how to communicate with people. She was frustrated herself. However, things got changed after her teacher, Anne Sullivan came to take care of her. She learned how to read and communicate in different way....more
Karol
This autobiography is a mostly interesting account of Helen Keller's early life and education, written while she was attending college at Radcliffe College. Portions of this book were a tad boring as Ms. Keller cataloged the books and authors she read and the people she met.

Truly, she accomplished more than most human beings in her lifetime, and this despite the obvious obstacles she faced.

The book leaves quite a few questions unanswered for me, though. I'll look for a biography that covers some...more
Tina Rae
Feb 27, 2012 Tina Rae rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: well, everyone really.
Shelves: 501-must-read
This book took me absolutely forever to read but it was well worth it. (I have a huge problem with reading books that are entirely description because I get, er, distracted easily and forget to read =P) I'm really glad I actually did persevere and finish this book. Helen Keller was an amazing woman who overcame so much in her life. I've seen a couple of the movies made about her and I feel that they portrayed her as a "wild child" who couldn't be taught. But when you read this book, you get to h...more
Ann
When I picked this book off a long forgotten shelf, I was motivated by only the slightest curiosity and the consolation that it would only take an hour or two to read. Several hours later, I am incredibly glad I did. This little gem was one of the first things Helen Keller published when she was 23, the same age I am now. In her vivid descriptions of the world as she smelled and felt and imagined it, her youthful passion for life truly shines. As I read her words, I felt I was reading my own fee...more
Lottie Panebianco
Mark Twain once said that the two most fascinating people of the 19th century were Napoleon and Helen Keller. I've yet to read anything on Napoleon but I can feel the fascination with Helen. This edition was in three parts. The first is a series of installments originally written for the Ladies Home Journal in 1902. Serial installments just don't strike me really well. Or it could just be that Helen Keller does not give herself credit to the person she became. Later I realized that it's the word...more
إيناس التحيوى
Nov 08, 2012 إيناس التحيوى rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to إيناس by: Hala Mohammed
ياااااااااااااا الله .. يا له من كتاب رااااااااااائع

هيلين كيلر فتاة كفيفة صماء تجيد الانجليزية والفرنسية والألمانية واللاتينية .. تحب الشعر والأدب ... تهوى القراءة ... تعشق الطبيعة ..وتعشق ركوب الدراجة.. تجيد فن الكروشيه والتريكو !!!
حقاً ما أروعهــــــــــــا !


الكتاب يبعث فى النفس روح التفاؤل والأمل والإصرار والمثابرة
كتاب أشعر وأنا أقرؤه كم أنا مقصرة فى شكر الله عز وجل على نعمه
لا أقصد الشكر بالقول لا بل أقصد الشكر بالعمل والتميز والتفوق
الإبداع والابتكار


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Helen Keller would not be bound by conditions. Rendered deaf and blind at 19 months by scarlet fever, she learned to read (in several languages) and even speak, eventually graduating with honors from Radcliffe College in 1904, where as a student she wrote The Story of My Life. That she accomplished all of this in an age when few women attended college and the disabled were often relegated to the b...more
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