- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing (1 September 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8175994037
- ISBN-13: 978-8175994034
- Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.1 x 3.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Story of My Life Paperback – Sep 2016
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About the Author
Helen Adams Keller was born healthy on 27 June 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, to Arthur H. Keller and Kate Adams. Struck by a terrible illness when she was barely nineteen months old, Helen was left blind and deaf for life. at the age of six, Keller was referred to Alexander Graham Bell by the physician, J. Julian Chisolm.
Helen Adams Keller is now known as an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. the story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film the Miracle Worker.
A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions.
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A true story of courage and an unconquerable will. Helen Keller's life is an example of what William Henley talked about in his poem 'Invictus' - despite being made blind and deaf due to an illness (probably meningitis/scarlet fever), she didn't give up on her life. Instead, she became the first deaf and blind woman ever to get a B.A. degree in US. The first part of this book, about 100+ pages, comprises her autobiography, and her zest of life comes poring through the pages of the book. The second half is her letters to her friends and family.
I would recommend this book especially to young women and those who feel they have lost life's battles.
The Bantam Classic version of this book is fairly affordable and handy, with OK page quality. You get what you pay for, I guess :)
This girl had a will to survive and by the time she was seven years old, she had learned 60 signals to communicate within her home. Her mother on being inspired by a story of Charles Dickens sent her to a physician Dr. Julian. Dr. Julian sent the father-daughter duo to Alexander Graham Bell who was researching such subjects. On the suggestion of Graham Bell they reached the institution from where a trainer for Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan was sent.
Anne was blind herself and she started training Helen Keller. This was the first time Helen got to know that there was something called language and everything has a name associated with it. She got so irritated in learning the word “mug” that she broke the mug instead of learning her name. One day she learned that this cool, flowing thing is called water. This caught her interest and she started learning and studying. Later she became the first deaf-blind woman to clear B.A. exam in America.
Helen Keller was a socialist, she supported feminism and women suffrage. She was vocal on the issues of blind and disabled. She supported birth control measures too (many Christian bodies are against birth control and abortion). Her autobiography was written when she was 22 years old (in 1903). Besides her autobiography “The Story of My Life” her 12 other works have been published. Her autobiography is considered to be one of the most inspirational stories. It should be read for motivation and to see how challenges can be faced head on.
The second half of the book cover her letter exchanges during the different years. Now that did not interest me. I read some part of it and then mostly skimmed through the remaining pages.
Maybe my expectations were higher but still I couldn't connect much.
Certain sections where Helen understands the concept of water was brilliant but the same wasn't present throughout the book.
Miss Sullivan's mentorship of Helen was so good..
Helen Keller is such an inspiring icon; deaf & blind but writing her autobiography at an age of 21 showcases her talents but unfortunately this is just a diary & lacks the soul !!!
I saw the same book by the same publisher on flipkart for rs. 120 whereas MRP is rs. 100
For the purchase 2 stars
For the book, 4 stars, awesome to read
I left reading it in between!
Most amazing thing which I liked in this book is that " we take many things for granted in our life, there are many precious and amazing virtues and qualities we are gifted with. Problem is that we don't recognise them"