This sounds like an interesting and readable book. Is anyone scanning it? Cindy --- Louise <bookscanner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > From: "Louise" <bookscanner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> > To: "Louise Gourdoux" <bookscanner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Subject: Fw: Book Review: EAVESDROPPING: A Memoir of > Blindness andListening > Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2006 07:03:08 -0600 > > > > Charlotte Observer, NC, USA > Saturday, December 16, 2006 > > Book Review: EAVESDROPPING: A Memoir of Blindness > and Listening > > By ANN FOX, Special to the Observer > > The world turns on his ear > He learns to embrace his blindness and live a rich > life through sound > > EAVESDROPPING: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening > By Stephen Kuusisto. W.W. Norton. 187 pages. $23.95. > > Stephen Kuusisto's 1998 memoir, "Planet of the > Blind," tells the story of a > man growing into his blindness as an identity, thus > refusing to associate > visual impairment with tragedy. Many of his life's > difficulties, the book > suggests, came not from blindness itself, but from > the attempts to hide or > deny it. When Kuusisto embraces blindness, a move > signaled by his > acquisition of a seeing-eye dog, the world opens up > to him. > > Kuusisto's second and equally lovely memoir, > "Eavesdropping: A Memoir of > Blindness and Listening," returns in some ways to > core ideas from the first > memoir: his isolation growing up, his ultimate > refusal to let others read > his blindness as pitiable and his pleasure in > discovering the world around > him through blindness. Kuusisto is a poet and music > aficionado; with > accordant skill and poetry, he improvises further on > those ideas. > > "Eavesdropping" is also subtitled "A Life by Ear," > and it is this idea that > is at the heart of the book. For Kuusisto, this > means the great pleasure of > listening actively to even the smallest things, not > just to compensate for > his blindness but also to imagine the world around > him. > > "Blind people are not casual eavesdroppers," he > writes. "We have method. As > things happen around us we reinvent what we hear > like courtroom artists who > sketch as fast as they can." > > Divided into 29 vignettes placed in settings as > disparate as Iceland, > Venice, and Columbus, Ohio, the book is at once a > rich soundscape and a > collage. Its first half re-creates Kuusisto's early > listening experiences > (including his discovery of music); the second half > shows Kuusisto as a > blind man, traveling the world and experiencing it > through sounds both > ridiculous and sublime. And seeing it through the > eyes of a sighted person > when necessary, he observes, is no tragedy: "We > train all our days in the > geometry of self so as not to get lost. Why not get > lost in someone else's > wonder?" > > As they join Kuusisto in "ear travel," readers who > are not blind learn how > to slow down and fire their imaginations by > attending to those sensory > experiences they might otherwise ignore by > privileging sight: "The ordinary > street was as weird and lovely as the mind itself. > All one had to do was > stop." > > Ann Fox teaches at Davidson College. Her interests > include disability > studies in literature. > > > http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/entertainment/books/16251389.htm > > > > > > -- > No virus found in this outgoing message. > Checked by AVG Free Edition. > Version: 7.1.409 / Virus Database: 268.15.22/590 - > Release Date: 12/16/2006 > > __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.