We’re all blind here.

Blindness by Jose Saramago.

Rating: 4/5.

This is one of that type of books whose images get stuck in your mind and you know you will never forget them. They’re disturbing and they’re interesting and they sometimes make us realize that we wouldn’t have thought of that, wow. The concept of the book is really good. Blindness, as a sickness, is a pretty delicate subject in my point of view but Saramago knew how to do it right.

At first, you’re gonna stumble upon a weird writing technique. I don’t know if he writes all of his books the same way but you have to get used to it. It was pretty difficult at the beginning but that was not an impediment because the book is really good from the first pages and it won’t let you leave it unfinished.
The thought of the whole population going blind is so unpleasing that it is almost painful to read this book and see their struggles and how hard it is to even go from your bed to the door, to wash yourself or to find a scrap of food to eat and in the end famine, water and electricity crisis installs in the world.
Saramago held no barriers upon approaching this subject. He throws everything he has in it. I hope you don’t have a weak stomach and I sure hope you’re not very sensitive.

What I really loved about this book was the perfect addition of that ONE person who is able to see while the rest of the population isn’t and she is also a female. I consider her one of the strongest (female) characters I have encountered so far in books.

Another awesome thing about it was the happy ending it had that balanced the frustration and sadness the characters depicted.

I also have good news, there’s also a sequel called Seeing that I can’t wait to read!

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“Literature is my utopia”-Hellen K.

Hellen Keller’s Story Of My Life had a great impact on me. You’ll never see someone with a soul as beautiful as Hellen’s soul. Every page radiated gratefulness and beauty. I didn’t read some words, I’ve seen one of the most beautiful person’s life rolling in front of my eyes.

 

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Losing your sight and hear at a young age (she was not even 2) it truly is a tragedy but she is the one that knew how to deal with it and never feel inferior to others. She loved her life every second and tried to make the best of every moment especially after she met her teacher Miss Sullivan when she was 7.

I’ve been fascinated by Miss Sullivan’s patience to teach Hellen everything from writing to recognizing notions like love and other stuff. I can’t imagine how hard it was for her to accomplish everything.

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Hellen and Miss Sullivan

Of course she had her times of loneliness and darkness but she always knew how to keep her faith in God and always look at the bright side. If you’re looking for strength to go on with your life and always get some life lessons, her biography is the book for you.

She ended up as a very respected woman and she deserved all of it from being the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree to all the campaigns she attended and fought for women too. She will always be a symbol of courage, hope and strength.

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Hellen meeting Charlie Chaplin, 1919.
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Hellen Keller listening to Beethoven’s Ninth.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/821611.The_Story_of_My_Life?ac=1&from_search=true