For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind
In the tradition of Oliver Sacks's The Island of the Colorblind, Rosemary Mahoney tells the story of Braille Without Borders, the first school for t ...more
As a college student, the author suffered an eye injury which caused her to lose the sight in her right eye for a month. This terrified her, and, from this experience, she formed the idea that she would rather be dead than blind. ...more
I am certain that I am drawn to books about blindness because of my experience. (For those of you who don't know, I have an amazing and wonderfully intelligent daughter who also happens to be blind.)
My wife started reading this book, but became (justifiably) rathe ...more
To be honest, this book made me uncomfortable throughout my reading of it. As someone who has grown up legally blind, I felt as if the author was writing about me and others who are blind as some sort of "other." I know that a lot of people fear blindness, and that this is how the author came to gain an interest in this subject, but her continual reference to blindness and fear also made me uncomfortable.
Her writing gave the impressio ...more
There is a fine line between providing useful information about how the blind live and turning them into sideshow freaks to be gawked at. Mahoney seems to narrate her own evolution from seeing the blind as frightening marvels to accepting them as people who happen to experience the world differently. I appreciated her final chapters where she shows more comfort around the blind, but it still felt a little awkward in that she felt the need to co ...more
Mahoney does a good job describing how the blind have been treated in the past (as lazy, conduits for the devil, horrible members of society-pretty much anything negative you could think of). I thought this book was ok, but I wanted to hear more from the blind ...more
Blind people may take offense at the level of ignorance displayed by the author. However I think this ignorance real, or exaggerated serves a purpose. It allows a reader that approaches blind people with such misconceptions to take the journey into enlightenment together with the narrator.
Mahoney, spurred on by a fear of blindness, seeks to better understand the lives of the blind and how they perceived the world around them. It is in many ways a slow process for her; teaching English in a school where most of the students are blind (run by Sabriye Tenberken -- not a school for basic academics and functioning but for aspiring entreprene ...more
Rosemary Mahoney tells the story of Braille Without Borders, the first school for the
blind in Tibet, and of Sabriye Tenberken, the blind woman from Germany who founded the school. Fascinated and impressed by what she learned from the blind
children of Tibet, Mahoney was moved to investigate further the cultural history of bl ...more
There are two fascinating stories here. The author's travels through the worlds of the blind, with her description of their total self sufficiency and confidence. There's also the story which we could call a cultural history of blindness, including an all-too-short chapter on the immense challenges those who gain sight late in life encounter. But Rosemary Ma ...more
This was probably a good book for me to read because it enhanced my empathy toward those who lose their sight. My initial inclination is to encourage such individuals to “just suck it up and move forward,” a perfectly ...more
This book is an introduction to the world of the blind for non-blind people. It gives account of the history of blind discrimination and how the teaching mechanisms evolved, describing the life of Laura Bridgeman and mentioning other famous blind-people like Hellen Keller.
The author also focuses on her personal experience of teaching english and living in the foundation "Braile without borders" and describes how this center help them develop the skills they need to work and make a living without...more
Years ago, I worked with a co-worker who was blind. The co-worker was a successful employee in the operations department of a bank. He used a Braille typewriter. This book discusses the importance of access to affordable Braille machines t ...more
Both in and out of the classroom, Mahoney is regularly surprised by the w ...more
The author asked a girl that had been blind since birth, how she imagined human faces. She sa ...more
She grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, andgraduated from St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire). She worked briefly for Lillian Hellman.
She has attended Yaddo.
She has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Times Book Review, Elle, National Geog ...more