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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: H. Holt and company (1940)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006AP126
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,381,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book I read in high school, decades ago.
amy
The heartbreak, sorrow, hopelessness, courage and truth that unfold are a lesson for anyone who ever wonders whether their life counts.
Robert J. Agnew
I was surfing the web recently and came across it, and decided to order it and read it again.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Agnew on June 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is perhaps the most moving account of persoanl suffering, and courage, I've ever read. It's made all the more so by the fact that thed 'hero'--unlike our Hollywood hereos--is a normal guy, and the story is unknown and unheralded. ( I found my copy for 50 cents at a library's throw-away bin, kind of like the people it talks about in the book) A Spanish-American war veteran returns from the Phillipines to begin his young life only to find out a few years hence he was infected with leprosy. The real enemy is not so much the disease as the immediate ramifications which include exclusion from normal life and society. The heartbreak, sorrow, hopelessness, courage and truth that unfold are a lesson for anyone who ever wonders whether their life counts. Lessons abound for anyone faced with physical, emotional, or social ills that seem to bar them from living a meaningful life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in the 8th grade for the first time. I think it was great and have read it over and over again. It is a fast read and very touching.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Beard on July 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This true story of an astonishing man's life deserves attention.

I accidentally ran across a battered old copy of this book at a rotting mountain lodge, tucked among other dusty, abandoned books. Thankfully, I was just bored enough to begin reading it. It only took a few pages to hook me.

At the time, I had recently become disabled. Before my disability, I was physically fit, and I had a successful career, for which I had struggled to obtain a doctoral degree. I was newly married. Suddenly, life was no longer what I had planned, and I had a hard time figuring out why I should continue with this "new" life.

This man, in a similar position, faced even greater disappointments. Yet, he found meaning for his life and helped others live what life they had left with joy and purpose, all under extraordinarily difficult circumstances.

I resist using the "politically correct" name for the disease that is the subject of this book; I prefer to call it "leprosy," for two reasons. First, I don't think that word has the religious and social stigma it once had, at least not here in the U.S. Second, calling it "Hansen's" disease, after the doctor who identified the bacteria that caused it, seems to have had the unintended effect of imparting the belief that "science" has leprosy under control and that no one suffers from it.

Incidentally, there is still no cure for all leprosy types, and its damage cannot be repaired. Although, the bacteria that causes leprosy was discovered in 1873, exactly how it is "caught" or communicated among people is still a debated mystery. Some argue that leprosy may still be contracted in the U.S., and it most certainly still exists in many places around the world. There was a leprosy colony here in the mainland U.S.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mc1email on December 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I can't say enough good words about this book. Attention grabbing; couldn't put it down; read cover-to-cover, nonstop. Best bet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alumanut on September 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book when I was in high school as an English assignment, and enjoyed it very much. We had to read a biography and write a book report on it. I picked this one as it sounded interesting and different. That was in 1961 and I still remembered it.
I was surfing the web recently and came across it, and decided to order it and read it again. I enjoyed it as much this time as I did the first time.
The book arrived when I was told it should and was in very good condition for a book this old. The pages were a little yellowed from age, but none were torn or missing. My wife is reading it now and enjoying it also.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
About the courage and trials of a patient with leprosy who spent much of his life on a leper colony in the phillipines. Excellent!
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Love the book. Had done a report on leprosy in junior high and read the book but through the years i had lost my copy of the book. The book was just as good as I remembered. Thanks
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