- Hardcover: 133 pages
- Publisher: National Braille Press; 1st edition (March 6, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0939173700
- ISBN-13: 978-0939173709
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius Hardcover – March 6, 2006
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Thoroughly researched and charming, this coffee-table book is overstuffed with pictures, letters and every type of Louis Braille memorabilia available. Unabashedly admiring, the author acknowledges his goal is not to write a "pathography" of Braille, and indeed, readers will find none of Braille's hidden vices (nor any hints of their presence) to enliven this life story. But Braille's life in the middle of the 19th century provides a rich story: a man who, blinded during boyhood, devoted himself to teaching other blind people better ways of negotiating their world. In addition to devising the raised-dot alphabet, Braille also set up a system for musical notation and built printing machines for his alphabets. The writing here is straightforward and suits the reverential tone of the text, which incorporates photo-reproductions of Braille's correspondences (both dictated and those he printed using his printing techniques) and provides a brief history of the contentious debate over standardizing the Braille system. If the tone seems boosterish, the book accomplishes its aims-to highlight the goodliness and inventiveness of a man who transformed the lives of blind people worldwide.
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... [Here is] an inspiring blend of talents, meticulous research, and the obvious affection and devotion of everyone associated with the project. Reading it is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. --CTEVH Journal
I cannot recall another instance in which the publication of a book simultaneously in print and braille has caused such a stir.... This book is a must read for everyone who loves braille. --Braille Monitor
At last, Louis Braille's world comes to life with a richness that is entirely new.... Braille may not have been the saint portrayed in children's literature, but he was authentically a good man and, indeed, a genius. At a distance of nearly two centuries, modern readers can hardly help being moved by knowing what Braille cannot - that he really will improve the world for millions of people. Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius does a wonderful job of showing readers exactly what it cost him. Parents of blind children (especially those who may have been warned by "experts" against making their children "too independent") cannot afford to miss it. --Future Reflections
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For me here is the best sentence of the book:
"(...) in the entire school library there were just fourteen books. Just fourteen! (...) Without books we can never really learn!" Louis Braille with 10 years old when arrived at the Royal Institute of Blind Youth. This was the ambition of the younger Louis: Books!!
This book should be read by all professionals working in the field of disabilities, as well as by those from high school students up and the general public. It is a book for all both sighted and blind. It should be noted that this book was published at the same time both in print and Braille.
Ken Stuckey Retired Research Librarian Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown USA
Gunilla Stenberg Stuckey Retired Director Tomteboda Resource Centre, Stockholm Sweden
Louis Braille was an inventor! And so I feel confident in saying that he would have embraced all technologies that brought books into the minds of the blind - not just the one he invented.
(By the way, I'm happy to change my review if I ever get a hold of the damn thing!)