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Squint: My Journey with Leprosy (Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography) Hardcover – February 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; First Edition edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604731192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604731194
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. In 1968, at the age of 20, Ramirez was diagnosed with leprosy and shipped to a 350-acre hospital at Carville, Lou., the only one of its kind in the continental U.S, where he was kept and treated for almost 10 years. Despite significant medical advances (including the 1941 discovery of the "miracle drug" promin), the pariah-like treatment of "lepers" (a term Ramirez rejects) had not improved much in hundreds of years (when they were forced to view church services through an opening called a "squint"). Even his parents, devout Catholics, accepted a Biblical prognosis that suggested their son had been rendered "unclean" because of their unwitting sinfulness. Still, Ramirez presents a heart-warming account of their support, along with his 12 siblings and wife-to-be, reflecting the mores of his tightly-knit Mexican community in Laredo, Tex. Ramirez also relates wrenching but inspiring stories of fellow patients-many abandoned by relatives and loved ones-who became his second family. During his illness, Ramirez received a Bachelors and a Masters Degree from LSU (in social work), and began to challenge the segregation of patients from staff at Carville. This outstanding, uplifting memoir by a remarkable man should captivate those interested in the intersection of illness, family and religion. 20 b&w illustrations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Ackerman-Berrier on August 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I read a review of this book in my local paper, my interest was piqued. In fact, I ordered several copies and selected this book for my book club. Although Mr. Ramirez is a very sympathetic character, and I commend his courage and strength in telling his story (and his tireless advocacy for persons with Hansen's disease), I was deeply disappointed in the book. His seemingly random use of quotation marks and his over-use of Spanish in the text (and, mind you,I speak Spanish) was a constant distraction. Mr. Ramirez' story has great potential, but the combination of poor writing and non-existent editing make for a disappointing read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Showme on August 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Although the title refers only to the author's experience with Hansen's Disease, the book gives the reader more - a window into Mexican-American culture of a certain era, more specifically, a Mexican-American culture in Laredo, TX; an as-it-unfolds narrative of a minority culture - and the majority culture around it - as they transition re: gender roles and in diversity awareness, whether that diversity has to do with culture, race or disease; a truly romantic love story between him and his wife; and a story of complicated relationships between parents and children.

While the book isn't an on-the-edge-of-your-seat page-turner, the author tells his stories well. I felt engaged throughout the book. Occasionally, I got lost in the chronology, but I found that the chronology wasn't all that relevant to the story, anyway, so this wasn't an irritant.

Overall, the book gives the reader more than it promises in the title.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter W. Adams on September 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It is obvious that Mr. Ramirez has spent a life of challenge - fighting prejudice, ignorance and the kind of physical pain few of us can even imagine. He is to be congratulated for his life's work and his overcoming the many challenges of this disease. Never-the-less he is not to be congratulated on a well-written book. Redundancies, miss-use of punctuation, and a distracting use of Mexican phrases where they have no impact lead me to not be sympathetic but rather to feel duped into reading this book. I hope that there is a second edition of this book with a ghost writer or at least an editor to catch such glaring mistakes as, "It must have been weeks before I saw Big John's face..." to , in less then a page, "[Big John] smiled and nodded." I use the quotation marks with some nervousness as Mr. Ramirez has used a life's quota of them already. It is mostly a simple disappointment to not have had so important a life expressed in as well a written book as it deserves.
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