Planet of the Blind by Stephen Kuusisto audiobook

Planet of the Blind: A Memoir

By Stephen Kuusisto
Read by Brian Keeler

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5.70 Hours 1
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Stephen Kuusisto is 'legally blind'. His sight is a kaleidoscope of colours and shapes, ordered only by his imagination. Planet of the Blind depicts life through his eyes in an elitist world where trusting strangers isn't an option, it's a necessity. Blindness in the 1950s was a social stigma. Stephen's mother wanted a normal life for him, so he fought desperately to uphold the illusion of sight. For a child frantic to fit in, each day was an exhausting pretence. He managed to ride a bike, when even reading involved pressing his nose to the page and painfully forcing his eyes to concentrate. Head up, he strode through a carefully memorised labyrinth of streets, hoping to fool passers-by that he could actually see.

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Stephen Kuusisto is 'legally blind'. His sight is a kaleidoscope of colours and shapes, ordered only by his imagination. Planet of the Blind depicts life through his eyes in an elitist world where trusting strangers isn't an option, it's a necessity. Blindness in the 1950s was a social stigma. Stephen's mother wanted a normal life for him, so he fought desperately to uphold the illusion of sight. For a child frantic to fit in, each day was an exhausting pretence. He managed to ride a bike, when even reading involved pressing his nose to the page and painfully forcing his eyes to concentrate. Head up, he strode through a carefully memorised labyrinth of streets, hoping to fool passers-by that he could actually see.

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Author Bio: Stephen Kuusisto

Author Bio: Stephen Kuusisto

Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Have Dog, Will Travel; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a professorship in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker in the US and abroad.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 5.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English