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Eavesdropping by Stephen Kuusisto
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Jun 15, 2008

really liked it
Read in June, 2008

I first heard Kuusisto reading excerpts from this book on a radio broadcast. The passages conjured vivid imagery--surprising to me because the author is blind. The powerful visual nature of his writing intrigued me. The book is, really, about listening. I frequently found myself putting down the book, closing my eyes and paying attention to the sounds all around me. The world looks different, populated with a different set of priorities, when perceived through senses other than sight.

This is a loose collection of essays and stories without an overarching narrative, but bound by Kuusisto's experience and perception of the world through an alternate set of senses. I enjoyed letting his poetic descriptions settle around me like a comfortable blanket. I think, however, that the best way to consume these words would probably be aurally instead of visually. To read this book is enjoyable; to hear this book read is transcendental. I think I will look for this in audio book format.

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