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Thursday, March 6, 2014

QUICK REVIEW: The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

The Story of My Life 
by Hellen Keller

Blurb:When she was 19 months old, Helen Keller (1880-1968) suffered a severe illness that left her blind and deaf. Not long after, she also became mute. Her tenacious struggle to overcome these handicaps-with the help of her inspired teacher, Anne Sullivan-is one of the great stories of human courage and dedication. In this classic autobiography, first published in 1903, Miss Keller recounts the first 22 years of her life, including the magical moment at the water pump when, recognizing the connection between the word "water" and the cold liquid flowing over her hand, she realized that objects had names. Subsequent experiences were equally noteworthy: her  joy at eventually learning to speak, her friendships with Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edward Everett Hale and other notables, her education at Radcliffe (from which she graduated cum laude), and-underlying all-her extraordinary relationship with Miss Sullivan, who showed a remarkable genius for communicating with her eager and quick-to-learn pupil. These and many other aspects of Helen Keller's life are presented here in clear, straightforward prose full of wonderful descriptions and imagery that would do credit to a sighted writer. Completely devoid of self-pity, yet full of love and compassion for others, this deeply moving memoir offers an unforgettable portrait of one of the outstanding women of the twentieth century.

Quick Review:
Not only is this a really wonderful piece of literature by an American hero and all-around smart woman, the Dover Thrift Edition makes it really affordable to have a copy of your own! I highly recommend this $2 classic!

*The Happy Book Reviewer's QUICK REVIEWS are generally for books that don't need a spotlight (most readers know about them) but I want to say my piece too!

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