- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: Wheatmark (June 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604945559
- ISBN-13: 978-1604945553
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,927,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Imagine if the most severe physical pain and sorrow in your life were inflicted by the people you trusted most. In the spring of 2007, Belo Cipriani was beaten and robbed of his sight at the hands of his childhood friends.
Blind: A Memoir chronicles the two years immediately following the assault. At the age of twenty-six, Belo found himself learning to walk, cook, and date in the dark. Armed with visual memory and his newly developed senses, Belo shows readers what the blind see. He narrates the recondite world of the blind, where microwaves, watches, and computers talk, and where guide dogs guard as well as lead.
"Belo Cipriani's account of profound loss is both riveting and suspenseful, as we traverse with him into a new world."
"Blind: A Memoir is a stunning read told in an unsentimental, self-deprecating voice that will change the way you see blind people -- will change the way you see yourself."
"With humor and passion, Belo journeys from darkness to light."
"Blind: A Memoir is a gripping story, beautifully told, about one man's bout with unimaginable adversity and his inspirational ascent from the depths."
"Blind: A Memoir makes an important contribution to queer and disability studies as well as being a rewarding experience for the general reader."
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But it is his approach that makes this memoir transcendent: with a dry and unsympathetic narrative that quickly details his story with a light humor and a generous, friendly tone that rings positively true to the ear of the reader, Belo tells a phenomenal tale, one which convinces the reader that they hold not just a good story in his hands, but a significant piece of Belo's soul. Blind: A Memoir is as genuine as any memoir gets and is absolutely replete with the strong and golden personality of Belo Cirpiani himself.
In an effort to provide full disclosure, I should mention that I had the pleasure of being able to spend time with Belo in the past; I even was fortunate enough to be able to read some early drafts of his memoir. And though I have known him, I never got to know him well. However, even being in his presence for a short while, one is instantly drawn to him. His personality is infectious and magnetic. But you do not need to know Belo to know this is true; what I was impressed with by his memoir is that all of those aspects which make him a fascinating man bleed into his work and come pouring out through his narrative, and this, most of all, is what makes this memoir such a success: the personality, the genuine honesty, and, above all, the pure truth of it.
Having lost my own site in my early teens, I found myself reliving many of the same feelings of grief, frustration and exhilaration at Overcoming some of life's simplest challenges.
I would highly recommend this book To anyone interested in learning more about how to cope with vision loss, or if you simply enjoy Reading books that help you relate to other people and the paths they have taken as they overcome adversity.