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As a young girl Keller was obstinate, prone to fits of violence, and seething with rage at her inability to express herself. But at the age of 7 this wild child was transformed when, at the urging of Alexander Graham Bell, Anne Sullivan became her teacher, an event she declares "the most important day I remember in all my life." (Sullivan herself had once been blind, but partially recovered her sight after a series of operations.) In a memorable passage, Keller writes of the day "Teacher" led her to a stream and repeatedly spelled out the letters w-a-t-e-r on one of her hands while pouring water over the other. This method proved a revelation: "That living world awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free! There were barriers still, it is true, but barriers that could in time be swept away." And, indeed, most of them were.
In her lovingly crafted and deeply perceptive autobiography, Keller's joyous spirit is most vividly expressed in her connection to nature:
Indeed, everything that could hum, or buzz, or sing, or bloom, had a part in my education.... Few know what joy it is to feel the roses pressing softly into the hand, or the beautiful motion of the lilies as they sway in the morning breeze. Sometimes I caught an insect in the flower I was plucking, and I felt the faint noise of a pair of wings rubbed together in a sudden terror....
The idea of feeling rather than hearing a sound, or of admiring a flower's motion rather than its color, evokes a strong visceral sensation in the reader, giving The Story of My Life a subtle power and beauty. Keller's celebration of discovery becomes our own. In the end, this blind and deaf woman succeeds in sharpening our eyes and ears to the beauty of the world. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I did not like this book at all! For a 6th grader like me, it was very un interesting. But that is only my opion.Published 14 days ago by emily vanderwiele
this book was never at a boring part, and it really gave me the knowledge that I was looking for to learn about helen keller! 5 stars!!! :)Published 16 days ago by MONICA MARCOTTE
it was interesting to learn about helen keller`s life, but it was a little boring. I'm doing a book report on this, so it's great for a small, simple, and easy book report.Published 1 month ago by sara
A remarkable story told by a remarkable woman, surely a world-class genius.Published 1 month ago by David Taber
A great classic by a great American woman, the first deaf-blind person ever to earn a BA. The description of the Kindle book must be wrong, though, in claiming it contains only 80... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer