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Blind - a novella Kindle Edition
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About the Author
V.R. is the author of Of Moths & Butterflies, and it's companion piece Cry of the Peacock, due for release October 2012. To find out more about these and other upcoming works, visit her at: vrchristensen.com.
- ASIN : B007E3SNJ6
- Publisher : Captive Press Publishing (January 6, 2014)
- Publication date : January 6, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1166 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 64 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0615598005
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,192,193 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Arthur has been blind since birth, and lives as an angry, bitter shut-in. Zachary Goodfellow is also blind, kind of, and poor, but cheerful. As a result of a beating, he lost his hearing but regained some of his sight. Rebecca is a do-gooder who wants to help Arthur by hiring Zachary to be a companion to him, but Arthur's hateful attitude won't let him accept her help.
The treatment of blindness and deafness is not at all realistic. Zachary seems to get along with nothing more than a positive attitude. There's hardly any explanation of how he manages to do all the things he does. The bitter, angry blind man who shuts himself off from society is such a cliche. Rebecca has a big scar on her face, and thinks only a blind man could love her for who she is on the inside, also a huge cliche. And she has magic powers that allow the men to see and hear when she touches them. So their blindness and deafness is basically dispensed with in the crucial moments of the plot.
Although the author is a pretty good prose stylist, she goes a bit overboard in taking on the Victorian moralizing as well as the ornate language. Arthur is BAD and Zachary is GOOD, and there's never any doubt as to where the story is going. In demonstrating the rewards of virtue and meekness in the face of adversity, the characters come across as completely flat. There are some other cliches straight out of Dickens, but it might be a spoiler to say what. The setting is also quite thin. Is the the US or England? Why in a seemingly small village do people not know each other? Overall, I found it disappointing.