Invisible: A Memoir
“You live in a city like New York. You read the papers. You look at the television. But you never think it will happen to you. It happened to me one evening.”
One summer night in 1978, Hugues de Montalembert returned home t...more
Sharing his reactions and experiences, freeflowing at times, Hugues takes back control of his life, and regains his independence in a way others thought foolhardy. He talks ab...more
Painter Hugues de Montalembert's life included a little bit of both. Attacked one summer night in his New York apartment, this man whose livelihood depended on his eyes, lost...more
Here is a 35-year-old artist. He was blinded during a robbery. And he wisely turns his back on both pity and sainthood, though certainly acknowledging both fear and despair, and chooses life. He recognizes that it is not, cannot be, exactly the same life. But he tries hard not to be...more
When Montalembert loses his eyesight due to violence it is as though everything has been taken away from him. Being an artistic individual it was the one sense he could not stand to lose. In this book, the ability to see through the eyes of a blind man becomes one of the most beautifully written memoirs I have read in quite some time.
Montalembert takes you on a journey, where he shows you what he sees regardless of his loss. It's hard to truly call him a bli...more
"Tourists visiting a foreign country easily find flaws or oddities: The way people eat, the food they serve, their dress or speech, or their child-raising techniques may seem alien or unorthodox. In time, however, one begins to see with different eyes. Theory gives way to experience. Knowledge becomes personal. We can only see with our own eyes.
Not even science, contrary to what many think, strips away this subjectivit...more
This book was amazing. It was such a fast read, but it was incredibly inspiring.
Invisible is a memoir of painter de Montalembert's life after he was rendered blind by a man burglarizing his home.
Instead of taking pity upon himself, de Montalembert takes his life into his own hands. He feels that his blindness has not limited him in any ways. He travels the world solo, and discovers that people everywhere are much more open when you can't see them. Strangers confide in him, beggars help him.
Artist Hugues de Montalembert is blinded one day when he comes home to a break-in in his New York City apartment; one of the robbers in his home throws paint thinner into his eyes, and he loses his sight forever.
INVISIBLE is De Montalembert's chronicle of the days after he was blinded, and how he was able to accept and even come to appreciate his blindness. De Montalembert's strength and courage are remarkable, and you cannot help but admire...more
Huges De Montalembert always saw the world for more than what could be seen by the eye. As an artist, his perception of the world was a creation of ideas, emotions and the invisible. Yet his journey for independence, after an assault that left him blind, opens a hidden portal to another part of the universe that inspires.
It is a quick read that provides a unique opportunity to hear the fears and hopes of a man recovering from a terrible event....more
The book is a short 128 pages and is packed full of profound prose. The author’s perspective on the aftermath of the assault, his quest for independence, and his life going forward is soul penetrating and almost poetic. The balance he finds between independence and coming to terms with his ne...more
The beginning made me feel panicky, as he described the ways in which he went about dealing with and emotionally grasping his blindness. It was almost enough to make me abandon the book. But I finished it and while I wouldn't say it'll ever be one of my favorite books, it's an engrossing read.
I love that this is short. Many would have been tempted, I'm sure, to write a lengthy ramble on how life, the universe and everything changed after the loss of their sight after a violent home invasion. But not so in this case. What the author has done is boiled his life down to a wisdom-rich stock. Invisible might just as aptly have been titled: The Meaning of Life. There are some true diamonds among these rough-cut pages.