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And There Was Light: The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II Paperback – March 18, 2014
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One of the most powerful memoirs I’ve ever encountered...[Lusseyran’s] experience is thrilling, horrible, honest, spiritually profound, and utterly full of joy.”
Ethan Hawke, in the Village Voice
One of the most extraordinary books I have ever read. It is why books are published at all.”
Mark Nepo, author of Seven Thousand Ways to Listen
Lusseyran writes like an angel, like a mystic. His response to losing his sight at an early age is so surprising that it will change the way anyone thinks about blindness.”
Barbara Brown Taylor, author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark
Lusseyran allows us to glimpse both heaven and hell on Earth through the eyes of a man who has lived through both. His description of what it is like to see’ as a blind man is fascinating and inspiring; his account of Buchenwald, where he was condemned to the living hell of the Invalids’ Barracks,’ is one of the most anguishing fragments of Holocaust testimony that I have ever encountered.”
Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times
A stunning revelation of human courage and love arising in the midst of implacable human evil. Under it all runs a deep current of mystical truth and hope.”
Jacob Needleman, author of An Unknown World
An exciting, inspirational account of a life without sight.”
What normally would seem a tragic plunge into darkness becomes a thrilling journey into light.”
Peter Brook, director of the International Centre for Theatre Research, Paris
This book is his testament to the joy which exists in all of us, a joy which no conditions not even the worst can kill.”
Roshi Philip Kapleau, author of The Three Pillars of Zen
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His participation as a very young man in the inception of the French resistance is amazing. That he could have been so young and so central to the development of this movement is totally mind-boggling. That he should have made it to Liberation is equally astounding.
I liked the book, would have given it a 5 except that I got a little bogged down in some of his observations. But I'd recommend it to anyone.
1. Jacques led a French resistance group during World War II.
2. Jacques also survived his time at a Nazi concentration camp.
He did both of the above as a blind person.
The first part of the book is slower than the rest, as he tells of his youth and his happiness. He then writes of his student years. Once he gets into World War II, the story speeds up.
What is so strange, and worth the read, is how Jacques found Light despite being blind. He discovered this Light early after becoming blind, and knew that he could trust it.
An extraordinary memoir, read, and encounter with the Light..
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