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The World I Live In By Helen Keller Roger Shattuck The World I Live In Out of print for nearly a century The World I Live In is Helen Keller s most personal and intellectually adventurous work one that transforms our appreciation of her extraordinary achievements Here t

  • Title: The World I Live In
  • Author: Helen Keller Roger Shattuck
  • ISBN: 9781590170670
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • The World I Live In By Helen Keller Roger Shattuck Out of print for nearly a century, The World I Live In is Helen Keller s most personal and intellectually adventurous work one that transforms our appreciation of her extraordinary achievements Here this preternaturally gifted deaf and blind young woman closely describes her sensations and the workings of her imagination, while making the pro vocative argument that the whOut of print for nearly a century, The World I Live In is Helen Keller s most personal and intellectually adventurous work one that transforms our appreciation of her extraordinary achievements Here this preternaturally gifted deaf and blind young woman closely describes her sensations and the workings of her imagination, while making the pro vocative argument that the whole spectrum of the senses lies open to her through the medium of language Standing in the line of the works of Emerson and Thoreau, The World I Live In is a profoundly suggestive exercise in self invention, and a true, rediscovered classic of American literature.This new edition of The World I Live In also includes Helen Keller s early essay Optimism, as well as her first published work, My Story, written when she was twelve.
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    1. H.A. Leuschel on said:

      A beautiful rendition from an exceptional woman who tells the reader in this moving essay what it is like to be blind, deaf and mute In touch is all love and intelligence , she writes and Imagination puts a sentiment to every line and curve She may not be able to touch the world in its entirely but she touched me as a reader by her positive outlook and courage Poetic and gentle.

    2. Kasie on said:

      The irony that I can hear the audiobook and read the printed does not pass me

    3. Jack Wolfe on said:

      The majority of Americans seem to understand Helen Keller in one of two ways as an inspiring hero who overcame deafness and blindness in young life to become, well, an inspiring hero see the play The Miracle Worker or just about every kid s book on Ms Keller , or as an inspiring hero who overcame deafness and blindness in young life to become an ardent supporter of human rights and a champion of human dignity she co founded the ACLU, for Pete s sake The World I Live In has introduced me to a thi [...]

    4. Kathleen Brugger on said:

      What a beautiful person Helen Keller was This book is a collection of essays that she wrote when she was about 24 It s a quite interesting look into her mind I read the book because I saw a quote from it in Daniel Dennett s Consciousness Explained the quote implied that before she possessed language, she had no self consciousness What astounded me was her ability to visualize She makes it clear that there is a physical world of vision, and a mental world of vision, and if anything the world of t [...]

    5. Kathy on said:

      A wonderful insight into the mind of an amazing woman This work seems to be a response to those who think that the blind or the blind deaf cannot experience reality but poorly The only lightless dark is the night of ignorance and insensibility, she replies Then she explains her world of touch, smell, and taste, particularly how touch and feeling allow her to experience the world around her It is difficult to teach ignorance to think than to teach an intelligent blind man to see the grandeur of [...]

    6. PlumJo on said:

      My experiences with the Helen Keller story are like everyone else s you read a story in elementary school about how deaf and blind Helen learned to speak and went to college because of her teacher, Annie Sullivan Then a little while later you see one version or another of The Miracle Worker because every few years, without fail, The Miracle Worker comes on TV and you re like, Oh, yeah, I remember that Helen Keller thing And between those experiences you hear the jokes about rearranging the furni [...]

    7. Catie on said:

      The only lightless dark is the night of ignorance and insensibility We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond our senses Ideas make the world we live in, and impressions furnish ideas r, without egotism, the mind is as large as the universe The silent worker is imagination which decrees reality out of chaos The bulk of the world s knowledge is an imaginary construction Of us it [...]

    8. Will on said:

      Helen Keller is a surprisingly good writer The interesting thing is that she is of her time she does not write like a modern writer would She says things that no modern writer would say, or says things in a way that take a while to unpack There is a section where she talks of her disabilities and her mental facilities, and it takes a while to realize that she s saying that she d rather be blind and deaf than stupid And then starts talking about people who don t get the kind hint to stop asking h [...]

    9. Ryan on said:

      This book is so inspiring To think that someone can be transformed from a self described state of vacancy absorbing space into a thoughtful, brilliant person writing beautiful observations about her three senses, is amazing It is not for me to say whether we see best with the hand or the eye I only know that the world I see with my fingers is alive, ruddy and satisfying I have walked with people whose eyes are full of light, but who see nothing in city streets, nothing in books What a witless ma [...]

    10. Renah on said:

      Ok, so, it is interesting to hear about the senses and language from Hellen Keller s perspective BUT her style of writing is archaic and grandiose and very hard to remain interested in Here s a representative sample While I walk about my chamber with unsteady steps, my spirit sweeps skyward on eagle wings and looks out with unquenchable vision upon the world of eternal beauty And so on, for the entire book I finished reading it because I hate leaving books unfinished, and that was about the only [...]

    11. Noé Ajo caamaño on said:

      Una obra maravillosa que expresa toda la luz que habita en la mente de quien algunos se empe an en llamar sordociega No es solo un estilo hermoso, ni siquiera una deliciosa descripci n de la riqueza de un mundo dominado por el tacto, el olfato y el gusto Es un manifiesto que expresa una inmensa gratitud por la existencia, y ensalza el valor que ilumina todos los valores el amor, lo mas bello, el bien que ilumina al mundo.

    12. Becky Safarik on said:

      I read this because Annie Dillard, in The Writing Life, referenced it They have some similarity of style, but this was a very interesting read to help us see outside of the normal box that we are in.

    13. Maddie Cramer on said:

      The overall impression of this book was beauty There was palpable optimism and all melancholy was balanced perfectly with humour I suggest this to every poet I know.

    14. Kylee Wright on said:

      This book would be good to use in a creative writing class I liked reading her insights about the three senses she uses to interact with the world.

    15. Adam Shake on said:

      Amazing book by Helen Keller The fact that she could experience the world in such a vivid way, even exceeding our own experiences through practiced study of her other senses is amazing She used to her whole body, every cell as a tuning device to perceive the world around her Her writing denotes with wonderful understanding how shocking the world is to those of us who rely on sight and sound to only, to interpret the world around us.

    16. Victoria Haf on said:

      En este libro Keller nos habla de su manera de ver las cosas, como usa sus sentidos y explica por qu usa el lenguaje de los sentidos que no posee Me gust sobre todo el ensayo que habla sobre las manos Una imagen que me gust desde el momento que la vi es Mis manos son mi coraz n de Gabriel Orozco Siento que la gente que hace cosas de sus manos pueden entender lo personal de lo manual En el caso de Helen Keller en el que el tacto es su sentido principal, es muy interesante leer sus descripciones d [...]

    17. Aldric on said:

      The World I Live In is a read delightful as it is insightful Helen Keller s poetic musings on the beauty and perception of nature invoke those of Thoreau and the American transcendentalists, though she lived after the movement s prime She graciously illustrates both her and humanity s tools of perception of the world and links them to grasp at something greater, a spiritual truth beyond our species erring lenses Perception, Nature, Universe, and Reality are deftly juggled in her artful hands Kel [...]

    18. Andrii Mironchenko on said:

      , , , , , , The Word I Live In , , , , , , , , , , , , .In the realms of wonderment where I dwellI explore life with my hands I recognize, and am happy My fingers are ever athirst for the earth, , , , , , , , , .It is difficult to teach ignorance to think than to teach an intelligent blind man to see the grandeur of Niagara I have walked with people whose eyes are full of light, but who see nothing in wood, sea, or sky, nothing in city streets, nothing in books , , , , , , , Odours deviate a [...]

    19. Allison on said:

      Fascinating The book consists of Keller s collection of essays The World I Live In, a second collection called Optimism, and an article she wrote at twelve years old called My Story Keller dutifully answers the questions of an unknown reader she tells us how the blind perceive colors, why she defends her use of words like see and reflect and darkness as accurate representations of her own experiences, how the deaf can identify many sounds merely through their vibrations, and how she experienced [...]

    20. Laura Lee on said:

      I think I would call this a 3.5 star book It is a bit saccharine It is hard to believe that anyone could be that overflowing with joy about the world all the time Of course, this was her public face, and she was surely working very hard to counter the assumption that a blind and deaf woman could not be happy or experience the world.I would recommend this highly to writers, however, because it helps you to focus on the senses that are overlooked and overshadowed by sight Overlooked and overshadow [...]

    21. Andrea on said:

      I finished this yesterday and was absolutely blown away Helen Keller is a beautiful writer Unbelievable Toward the end of the book, she wrote too much about God and it got overly sentimental, but the first 4 5 of the book is lovely She made me realize how important the senses of touch, hearing and smell are, and how often people neglect them, even though they are the most powerful, true, and trustworthy senses that have the ability to transport one to different memories, and are the most intoxic [...]

    22. Melanie on said:

      When I started reading this the first thing I thought was what does Helen Keller Think of Racism This book is Amazing Helen Keller was a remarkable being What does she think of Racism I wonder This book is so profound and full of insight If only we were all a bit like Helen Keller, the world would be an amazing place She completely obliterates the idea that we need the sense of sight, interesting how our eyes can decieve us It feels a little bit like this book was written in defense of the theo [...]

    23. Steve Merrick on said:

      HiI have just started reading this one and wanted to say quite categorically that if the rest of the essays are as good as the first five pages then its a brilliant and poetical ride into the the world of the blind and dumb Its a shame that the the term dumb is dual meaning because the writer has already become very real person and these first pages have a real beauty to them So a full review will be posted when I HAVE FINISHED WORK PERMITTING this book.SteveHaving finished the book all I can sa [...]

    24. Mary-Jane on said:

      Helen articulately describes her ability to sense the world through touch and smell, arguing the superiority of touch to sight and showing her powerful ability to interpret the world around her Well before WWI, she describes her optimistic view of life and her pride in being American Some of her insights are timeless, such as her urge to the Indian people to do away with the caste system, recognizing that she would have had no opportunity to learn and develop had she grown up in India Her chapte [...]

    25. Kevin K on said:

      One of the most moving books I ve ever read An unusual combination of psychological insight what is it like to live with no sight or hearing what is the nature of touch and the thoughts of a wise, poetic and beautiful soul I listened to the librivox version narrated by Laura Caldwell Ms Caldwell is outstanding Her tone and demeanor perfectly suit Helen Keller s writing archive details world_i_l

    26. Catherine on said:

      This is just a phenomenal book To be able to examine ones senses, and investigate the sources of experience with such clearheadedness and imagination is a challenge so rarely taken on, and Keller does it with so much grace, this book has incredible insight into our sources of knowledge It is beautiful and refreshes beauty And the tone has got that delicious turn of the century earnestness, that s a real palette cleanser.I hope you ll get it and keep it close at hand

    27. Kimberly on said:

      This book is a bit slow because it is a serious of articles that she wrote about how she uses her sense of touch, smell and taste do interpret the world around her She is very articulate It is amazing the depth of her communication skills It is a powerful account of how those we consider disabled don t consider themselves to be so I would recommend reading her autobiography in conjunction with this book to understand her life better.

    28. Sarah Young keitges on said:

      I remember doing a book report on Helen Keller in 3rd grade and even then her life impacted me in such a great way.She did not let her disability keep her from using her amazing gifting and creativity As I was reading this book I imagined myself in her shoes and how keen her other physical senses must have been and that s how she experienced life Touch, taste, smell is what she had to experience life and it led to such great imagination and outlook on life.

    29. Andrew W. on said:

      Absolutely incredible This is such a deep read I willingly admit that I put it down for months at a time I did so because of my inability to grasp the depth at which she understood the world around her Pure and thoughtful Her desire for others to understand her world is shown in her patience and warm narration throughout She has a very sly sense of humour which impresses me as mischievousness.Will probably read again

    30. Ashley on said:

      I love the essays leading up to the penultimate Optimism essays, which are rife with American style delusions of how that and other countries around the world actually operated This is unfortunate, since she seemed to be so psychologically astute about history in general So, three stars for essays 1 15 And ditto for the remainder.

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