This book–published when Keller was only twenty-two–portrays the wild child who is locked in the dark and silent prison of her own body. With an extraordinary immediacy, Keller reveals her frustrations and rage, and takes the reader on the unforgettable journey of her education and breakthroughs into the world of communication. From the moment Keller recognizes the word “water” when her teacher finger-spells the letters, we share her triumph as “that living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!” An unparalleled chronicle of courage, The Story of My Life remains startlingly fresh and vital more than a century after its first publication, a timeless testament to an indomitable will.
So I lied. I put this book in my wrap up since I was nearly finished it and I thought I would finish it in time. But I didn’t. I just haven’t been bothered to finish it until now so yeah. Sorry not sorry. I don’t think anyone would really care if I wrote a review for it or not anyway but, I’ve written a review for every book I’ve read this year I think so I can’t break the tradition now.
I never knew who Helen Keller was until that 30h3! Song? I can’t remember what it was called but they mentioned dancing like Helen Keller or something so I thought she was a dancer. How awkward for me. Last year I got into some phase where I was really interested in all these random facts like things about the Queen or Asylums. And I was also interested in Helen Keller. That’s a bit of a long winded way of saying; I saw this book and was intrigued so I read it.
I thought it was interesting to learn about how Helen Keller herself learnt. I still can’t really wrap my brain around it. I was also surprised to find out she wasn’t actually born blind or deaf, but she got some sick and something happened and boom, she was blind and deaf. I just cannot imagine it. And yet here she is (not now because she died) writing books and being all sorts of successful. I’m still baffled to be honest.
So, this book had its flaws but I still really liked it and I found it extremely interesting especially as a teacher because it gave me some tips with dealing with blind and/or deaf children. AND she was only 22 when it was published. I’m not even 21 and I’m struggling to write this review and I can see AND hear (that’s a bit of an exaggeration but still).
Book: ★★★★/5 (I still can’t get used to writing out of 10 instead of 5)
Format: eBook, 172 pages
Acquired from: Amazon (it was only 99cents but a… ain’t one)
Genre: Non-fiction, Autobigraphy
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