Hi, Shelley, I'm planning to order it, and can scan it. I also hope to go to the book signing in Davis on May 29. I have to double check it but that's my plan. Sue Mangis -----Original Message----- From: Shelley L. Rhodes [mailto:juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2007 6:20 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bookshare-discuss] Fw: Blind Dynamo, Feverishly Curious, Risks Sight-Restoring Surgery Would love to see this book on the site, but don't have the money for it. Smile. Please, someone? Shelley L. Rhodes M.A., VRT, CTVI and Judson, guiding golden juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc. Graduate Alumni Association Board www.guidedogs.com More than Any other time, When i hold a beloved book in my hand, my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free. - Helen Keller ----- Original Message ----- From: "BlindNews Mailing List" <blindnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <BlindNews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2007 10:18 PM Subject: Blind Dynamo, Feverishly Curious, Risks Sight-Restoring Surgery Bloomberg News, USA Wednesday, May 09, 2007 Blind Dynamo, Feverishly Curious, Risks Sight-Restoring Surgery By Thom Weidlich ``Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure and the Man Who Dared to See'' is published by Random House (306 pages, $25.95). May 9 (Bloomberg) -- When Michael May, who had been blind since the age of 3, was offered the chance to see again, the decision to go through with the operations wasn't an easy one. Success was pegged at only 50 percent. The procedures could backfire and rob him of what light perception he still had. The required medicine could give him cancer. Most important, May already enjoyed a full life -- career, sports, friends, a wife and two sons whose souls he knew if not their faces. ``Vision was not calling to May,'' Robert Kurson tells us in ``Crashing Through,'' his book about May's journey to sight. In the end, May's lifelong curiosity seals the deal. ``I didn't do it to see,'' May says. ``I did it to see what seeing was.'' It's hard to believe a sighted person could do everything May has. ``Crashing Through'' is about a man who refuses to recognize limitations. The earlier, novelistic chapters alternate between May's coming of age and his deciding whether to undergo the operations. After the 1957 accident that blinds him, his heroic mother (his alcoholic father lurks in the shadows) refuses to coddle the boy or even to place him in special classes. Growing up in California, he rides bikes, plays dodgeball, demands -- and gets -- to be a crossing guard. Driving, Skiing As an adolescent, he takes spins on a motorcycle (by listening for approaching traffic) and in his sister's car (he doesn't get far). In high school he wrestles. After college he lives in a hut in Ghana. While pursuing his graduate degree at Johns Hopkins, he works as the CIA's first blind analyst. Months after learning to ski he qualifies for the Paralympics. He's timed going downhill at 65 miles an hour -- the fastest speed for a blind skier ever recorded. And he becomes an entrepreneur. One of the book's subplots is his struggle to bring to market a global-positioning system to help guide the blind. Given this background, his questioning the need to see is more understandable. There were other reasons, too. Up to the year of May's decision, 1999, fewer than 20 people who had been blind from childhood had had their vision restored. The results weren't always the made-for-TV movie one might hope for. The newly sighted often became depressed. One man complained that the world -- and his wife -- weren't as beautiful as he thought they'd be; he died at 54, not long after regaining his vision. Though these stories give May pause, they can't defeat his optimism. Colors, Faces Yet as thrilling as May's new sight is, the book's narrative drive slows after the let-there-be-light moment. The main complication becomes his struggle to improve his vision. He does well with colors and motion, but faces and depth give him problems. He has to work at seeing, and he finds it exhausting. Researchers who examine him confirm that the brain needs to learn to see at an early age. He will never be able to drive or to read. ``Crashing Through'' is beautifully written -- with some exceptions. The you-are-there dialogue can be stilted. Then there's the moment May's bandages come off and he sees for the first time since childhood. Kurson, in his attempt to evoke what May felt, swings for the bleachers with three paragraph-length sentences -- of 14, 31 and 17 lines respectively -- that end up only hurting the batter. But the scene of May and his wife's departure from the doctor's office truly is moving. He marvels at the reception- room carpet and his ability to find -- by sight -- the elevator button. On a walk, one of his sons points out a red object. May refuses to believe it's a stop sign. He'd thought they were yellow. ``Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure and the Man Who Dared to See'' is published by Random House (306 pages, $25.95). (Thom Weidlich is a reporter for Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.) To contact the reporter on this story: Thom Weidlich in New York at tweidlich@xxxxxxxxxxxxx . 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