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Simon Lewis developed blindsight after being crushed body and soul in a horrible 1994 car wreck that killed his wife of five months, left Lewis in a four-month coma and became the start of a decade-long crawl back toward daylight.
Storyboard, Panel 1 of 5: Lewis is a Hollywood kid who loves the movies and starts by shooting a high schooler, backyard version of "Macbeth." Some time later a string of progressively more main-stream B-movies follow. At the top of that heap is "C.H.U.D.2." Then the young producer latches onto a hokey script and hustles to sign 70s has-been John Travolta. The movie is about a tough talking baby who telegraphs his thoughts to the audience and bam, "Look Who's Talking" is the smash hit of 1989, beating every other hit of the year including "When Harry Met Sally" and "The Little Mermaid." At about the same time, he meets Marcy and records another triumph when she, "talkative and vivacious," agrees to marry him, "pale and bookish."
Storyboard, Panel 2: March 2, 1994. If he would have paused outside the fancy Italian restaurant they both loved to tie his shoelace before getting into their brand new Infiniti he would have driven through the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and McCadden Place a couple seconds later and missed being T-boned by that white 1978 van running the stop sign full-throttle at 75 miles per hour. In a home nearby a couple eating dinner thought a bomb had gone off.Read more ›
As for BlindSight: It captivated me from the beginning. Successful Hollywood producer gets in an accident, loses his wife, goes into a coma, then spends 15 years relearning the world? It's almost unbelievable in its reality.
If you're a fan of movies like Memento you'll enjoy this. If you're a fan of solid non-fiction story telling you will enjoy this. If you're a fan of human triumph that doesn't necessarily have a traditional happy Hollywood ending, you will enjoy this.
I also loved feeling like the author anticipated my questions as a reader (Lewis can't just return to being a producer, can he?). In that, the writing is very current: each chapter is rife with little discoveries, and those transcend even the story itself. Highly recommended to people who love both fiction as well as smart-nonfiction. There's a quality of an authorial light touch--of relationship of the character to author--that resonates for lovers of fiction as well.
Five months after they were married, Simon and Marcy were in their Infiniti on their way to a restaurant for dinner when a white van ran a stop sign, hitting Lewis's Infiniti at 77 mph. Marcy is killed in the passenger seat and Simon is crushed. It took 2 Jaws of Life to cut the car so that Simon could be removed. In the meantime, the driver of the white van runs off. Simon's brain is swelling, he is bleeding internally, nearly a third of the right hemisphre of his brain has been destroyed and he had an epidural, subdural and intraparenchymal hematomas in his brain.
Simon developed blindsight which is a rare condition where the person is blind but can see through blind spots without realizing that they can see. Even though they are blind, they will walk around objects in front of them.
This is a bittersweet story of a remarkable man who has been through a horrible ordeal. It is well worth reading to see how one person struggled and worked so hard to make it to recovery as much as he can. This is also a very inspirational story of love, loss, recovery and living again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
he is a very strong willed person, to go through all that he has and live. he pieced together his accident and the last thing his wife said to him. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paulette p
Seemed like it ended before I got the whole story. Very disappointed. Wanted to hear what happened with him. Did he make a movie?Published 14 months ago by Brenda M.
Afer the first few pages the book no longer held my interest.Published 15 months ago by Lynn DeWolf
A kindle single. A true story that is longer than a magazine article, but shorter than a regular book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by LisaB
I neither enjoyed the way the story was structured, nor the ending. The only take home is that I know of a medical condition called blind sight. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Rajat Desikan
First, there is no real theme to this book. It actually has little to say about brain healing. Next, Lewis lost 1/3 of one hemisphere, not of his entire brain. So, more like 17%. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Joel
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