by Helen Keller
Who better than Helen Keller to write about optimism? Helen Keller became blind when she was nineteen months old. At the time children who were deaf and blind were simply given up on. But Helen's mother read that a deaf blind person had been educated and decided to explore that possibility for her daughter. As a result of this Helen Keller was the first deaf blind person t...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published July 13th 2006 by Book Jungle
(first published 1903)
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I really enjoyed this read. Just knowing her story made it that much more inspiring. I would have given it five stars, but the eurocentrisim/racism just left a bad taste in my mouth. Its extremely hard to get over similar passages by writers from the same era, even though I know that it was written during a certain time with different ideologies and morals. There is only so much of it we can take.
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...moreMore about Helen Keller...