[bksvol-discuss] Re: A Sense of the World

That sounds like a fascinating book.

Night before last on Nightline was an interesting
story about a group of students, some sighted, some
blind, and some partially blind, on a climbing trip to
Machu Picu (sp?) And somewhere recently I saw a
program about a blind climber of Mt. Everest. 

Cindy

--- Stephen Baum <steve@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Finally, even I have submitted a book.
> 
> A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became
> History's Greatest 
> Traveler, by Jason Roberts.
> 
> It was scanned with Kurzweil 1000 (of course), and I
> cleaned it up 
> quite a bit. It should be a fairly easy validation,
> though it 
> contains several hundred (at least) proper names.
> Its also a great 
> read. Here is the beginning of a review from the
> Washington Post:
> 
> "Before there were cars, long-distance buses,
> high-speed trains and 
> jet airplanes, there was a man who traveled a
> quarter of a million 
> miles. He did it by cart, by carriage, by sledge, by
> ship and by 
> foot. And he did it "intermittently crippled" and
> "permanently 
> blind." His name was James Holman, and for a time he
> was the most 
> famous of the many intrepid English travelers who
> set out for faraway 
> places at the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
> 
> Holman and his heroic achievements are all but
> forgotten today. Long 
> before his death in 1857, he had faded into lonely
> obscurity, a relic 
> of a romantic, pre-mechanized age. Jason Roberts
> first saw mention of 
> him in a slim book called Eccentric Travelers. But
> Holman's only 
> eccentricity was his urgent need "to cling to the
> road like a 
> lifeline," writes Roberts in A Sense of the World,
> an eloquent and 
> sympathetic biography of the long-gone voyager."
> 
> Stephen
> 
> 
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