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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 liuid flowing over her hand she realized that objects had names Subseuent experiences were eually 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 uick to learn pupil


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  1. says:

    Thus it is that my friends have made the story of my life In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivationThis captivating memoir written by Helen Keller at the age of twenty two was such a refreshing read It really did manage to put a smile on my face and restore my spirit at a time when it seems so much negativity envelops us There is no doubt that Helen was a remarkable woman and her teacher Anne Sullivan a blessing and a devoted friend Having lost her sight and her hearing at a very young age Helen was most likely destined to a life full of isolation frustration and perhaps hopelessness However through some very influential connections including one with the great Alexander Graham Bell himself Helen was eventually put in touch with the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston and Anne Sullivan one of the school’s distinguished graduates In 1887 just before Helen’s seventh birthday Anne arrived at the Keller’s home in Tuscumbia Alabama From this point Helen’s life changed forever as she embarked on a journey of learning despite all odds The perseverance of both student and teacher led to a remarkable accomplishment – that of Helen’s graduation from Radcliffe College with a Bachelor of Arts degree What I loved most about Helen’s narrative was her positive outlook her generosity towards others and her love of nature and literature I was uite surprised to read some of her descriptions of the world around her; one would not have guessed that her eyes and ears failed her She used her other senses and her understanding of the things she learned to absorb everything almost like they were a part of her own being Helen explained this elouently than I Each individual has a subconscious memory of the green earth and murmuring waters and blindness and deafness cannot rob him of this gift from past generations This inherited capacity is a sort of sixth sense – a soul sense which sees hears feels all in one My only criticism if you will of this memoir was that it also included a series of letters to and from Helen Keller throughout her young and college aged life While these were certainly interesting they were also somewhat repetitive and later leaned heavily towards details of the series of exams Helen had to take throughout her schooling That aside this book truly was inspirational When I think about what both Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan accomplished together it really is exceptional There were so many obstacles but these were overcome by the determination of the student and the dedication of the teacher I was astounded to discover that Anne very often had to “read” textbooks to Helen by use of the manual alphabet when the Braille texts were not available Anne’s eyesight which was impaired to begin with would also be strained and compromised by overuse The friendship between these two is striking and heartwarming as well Their companionship would last until Anne’s death in 1936 I feel that her being is inseparable from my own and that the footsteps of my life are in hers All the best of me belongs to her – there is not a talent or an aspiration or a joy in me that has not been awakened by her loving touch


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    The Story of My Life Helen Keller The Story of My Life first published in 1903 is Helen Keller's autobiography detailing her early life especially her experiences with Anne Sullivan Portions of it were adapted by William Gibson for a 1957 Playhouse 90 production a 1959 Broadway play a 1962 Hollywood feature film and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black featuring Amitabh Bachchan in the role of Anne Sullivan The book is dedicated to inventor Alexander Graham Bell The dedication reads TO ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL; Who has taught the deaf to speak and enabled the listening ear to hear speech from the Atlantic to the Rockies I DEDICATE This Story of My Lifeتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دهم ماه نوامبر سال 1985 میلادیعنوان داستان زندگی من بانضمام نامه ها و ؛ نویسنده هلن کلر؛ مترجم ثمینه پیرنظر باغچه بان؛ تهران، کتاب زمان، 1353؛ در 376 ص، مصور، مجموعه شرح حال؛ چاپ چهارم 1356؛ موضوع سرگذشت نابینایان و نا شنوایان سده 20 معنوان معجزه شگفت انگیز هلن کلر؛ نویسنده هلن کلر؛ مترجم امیر اسماعیلی؛ تهران، توسن، 1364؛ در 98 ص، مصور؛ عنوان داستان زندگی من؛ نویسنده هلن کلر؛ مترجم فاطمه چادرباف؛ تهران، توسهعه کتابخانه های ایران، 1368؛ در 155 ص؛ چاپ ششم 1379؛ شابک 9646209254؛ چاپ هفتم 1385؛ هشتم 1388؛ شابک 9789646209251؛عنوان داستان زندگی من؛ نویسنده هلن کلر؛ مترجم محمدرضا دلفراقی؛ تبریز، جام جم، 1375، چاپ دوم 1378؛ در 120 ص؛ شابک 9649086846؛عنوان داستان زندگی من؛ نویسنده هلن کلر؛ مترجم و تلخیص فروزنده داورپناه؛ تهران، موسسه همراه، 1376؛ در 79 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1380؛ شابک 9646034233؛مترجم سپیده خلیلی؛ نقاش فهیمه عینی؛ تهران، انتشارات مدرسه، در سال 1377؛ در 62 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1379؛ شابک 9643532976؛ چاپ سوم 1380؛بانوی نابغه «هلن کلر»، یکسال و شش ماهه بودند، که به خاطر «مننیژیت»، نابینا و ناشنوا شدند، اما ایشان با یاری آموزگار خود، یکی از زنان پرآوازه، در جهان سده ی بیستم میلادی شدند «هلن»، در یکی از روستاهای آمریکا، به دنیا آمده بودند، و در نیمه ی راه دو سالگی خویش نیز، بیمار شده بودند، خانواده ی ایشان، از بیماری و ناتوانیش، ناراحت بودند، و نمیدانستند، که چگونه باید، با «هلن»، رفتار کنند آنها میاندیشیدند، هیچ راهی برای ارتباط نیست، و خود «هلن» نیز، نمیتوانست به تنهایی، کارهای خویش را انجام دهد «گراهام بل»، که تلفن را اختراع کردند، آموزگار ناشنوایان بودند، خانواده ی «هلن»، از ایشان یاری خواستند، آنگاه که «گراهام بل» ایشان را دیدند، دریافتند که «هلن»، دختر باهوشی هستند، و به خانواده ی ایشان گفتند، که آموزگار جوانی را میشناسند، که میتواند به ایشان آموزش بدهند، چون خانواده «هلن» ثروتمند بودند، توانستند آموزگار خصوصی برایش بگیرند معلم «هلن»، که خانم «آنا سولیوان» نام داشتند، خود نیز «کم بینا» بودند، و در مدرسه ویژه ی نابینایان و ناشنوایان درس خوانده بودند، ایشان آن روزها تنها بیست و یکسال سال داشتند که توانستند، راهی را اختراع کنند، تا بتوانند به یاری آن راه، به «هلن» آموزش و مفاهیم را به ایشان یاد دهند این راه همان علامتهایی بودند، که با فشاردادن آن علامت، روی کف دست «هلن»، ایشان را متوجه میکرد، و ایشان مفهوم آن علامتها را میفهمیدند «هلن» در سن هشت سالگی، توانستند یاد بگیرند، که چگونه میتوانند، با مردمان ارتباط داشته باشند، و این باعث معروف شدن ایشان، در آن سن شد «هلن» توانستند به دانشگاه هم بروند، ایشان با یاری آموزگار خود «آنا سولیوان»، که هماره و در همه جا با ایشان بودند، و سخنرانیها را، با فشار علامتها روی کف دست «هلن»، به ایشان می‌‌فهماندند، توانستند مدرک دانشگاهی خود را با همان روش بگیرند «هلن» در طول سالهای تحصیل خود، از سوی همگان تشویق میشدند، تا زندگی خویش را بنویسند، تا همه بفهمند که ایشان چگونه پیشرفت کرده است، ایشان زندگینامه ی خود را، در همین کتاب «داستان زندگی من» نوشته است «هلن کلر»، در زندگی، با افراد معروف بسیاری دیدار کرده اند، و تجربه های بسیاری به دست آورده است ایشان همه ی افرادی را که در دوران زندگی اش، رئیس جمهور آمریکا شده بودند را، دیدند «هلن» با حس کردن، حتی میتوانستند آهنگها را بفهمند او بیشتر وقت خود را، با شرکت در سخنرانیها، به همراه «آنا سولیوان»، آموزگار و دوست عزیزش میگذرانید «سولیوان» ازدواج کرد، اما پس از گذشت مدت زمان کمی، طلاق گرفت، و پیش «هلن کلر» برگشت «کلر» یک قهرمان برای نابینایان شد او کتابهای بسیاری را در طول زندگی خود نوشت و چاپ کرد مدال طلای سازمان ملی علوم اجتماعی، در سال 1952 میلادی، به ایشان اهداء شد در سال 1953 میلادی، از ایشان در دانشگاه «سوربون» فرانسه، تشکر شد در سال 1964 میلادی، مدال آزادی ریاست جمهوری، توسط رئیس جمهور آن زمان «لیندون بی جانسون»، به وی اهداء شد «هلن کلر» در روز نخست ماه ژوئن سال 1968 میلادی، در سن 88 سالگی فوت کردند موسسات و انجمنهایی، از «هلن» به یادگار مانده، که به منظور پژوهش برای پایان دادن به نابینایی شکل گرفته اند ا شربیانی


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    To All My Goodreads Friends and to Others Who Have Enjoyed My ReviewsI wish to thank you allI have been struggling with vision loss for some time in the last year While I believe I can still write reviews and post them so I am told I have been struggling in the last two months with reading other people’s reviews and so I really don’t feel as though I can just go through and like a review without reading it first The last week has been the hardest for meI have glaucoma and myopic degeneration and in December I had glaucoma surgery which while lowering my eye pressure has caused vision loss In the last week I have noticed words in my central vision fading and a lot of blurriness So I made the font dark but those words began fading as wellVisual Services has been helping me and yesterday one of my case workers put voice activation on my kindle which so far is not working too well when it comes to Goodreads And she put a program on my computer that takes months to learn I have no idea what I can and can’t learn at this point and I have no idea what learning it will do for meSpeaking of which each and every one of you have inspired me with your own writings and your comments on my own reviews have also been very inspiring and helped me to get over being shy about writing reviewsYou all know that I like to add personal touches to my reviews maybe too many personal touches but I had found when reading books that they bring back childhood and adult members so I add them because I enjoy doing it As one friend once said to me “I write for myself” and while I do that I also hope to entertain others with my own stories or just with my reviews on the booksI listen to audio books now mostly from the Library of Congress for the Blind I had hoped to read my Nancy Drew books before I couldn’t see them well enough and now I am not sure of that although I am told that my new Iphone will take a photo of a page and read it to me Last summer I spent a week at the blind school learning how to be blind It was fun being there; it was tiring and it was nice meeting people and knowing that those that ran this program are also visually impaired Only I wish that we could all see It is just that it is encouraging to hear this “There is life after blindness”What do I see? Light but my world is darker Objects but they are blurry My house is darker than it used to be I don’t like to go shopping unless it is a well lit store which means I like grocery stories I have eaten in the dark in my favorite restaurant in Ft Smith AR Rolando’s They believe that candle light is romanic I told them that I would bring my own lamp next time; instead I am bringing a miner’s head lamp that is unless it mbarrasseswhoever is with me at the time In which case I can say Let’s get it to go Since it is a LatinoCubanMexican restaurant It didn’t matter if the food was mixed up I have accidentally touched people in dim lit stores thinking they were an object and if I touched it I would be able to recognize it So far I have not been hit upside the head for doing so but now I am careful I have a cane which I seldom use because it is embarrassing but I find that when I do use it people are helpful Such as in a doctor’s office they don’t run away from me thinking that I will follow them; instead they stay close In a restaurant I can find a bathroom by myself unless it is too dark I have been known to feel walls to find doors or papertowels in the restrooms I have learned that I can still cook on the stove even when they blindfolded me at the blind school I can chop vegetables without chopping off a finger and I can pour liuids into a cup without having to clean up a mess I learned how to reach for a glass of water without tipping the glass over and I learned how to clean my house which is no longer enjoyable since I can’t tell if it is dirty or not I have given many of my books away especially when learning that they are on audio for the blind I am so glad that my new friend on here wanted my Native American books which I gladly shipped to her And my college friend took two boxes of my other books I have many books that I would love to read and can’t get on audio or on kindle I am hanging on to them to see what can happen It is hard to believe that people just use hand held magnifiers to read with because that is not fun The story doesn’t flow well One good thing that I found is that after activating the voice on kindle the reader is so much better than Alexis She sounds natural and reads slower Now I know that I can get to my thousands of kindle books that are not on audioAnd most of all I am grateful that I love to read and that there are audio booksAgain thank you all And if there are days that my eyes see better or I can figure out how to read your reviews I will but only a few at a timeAnd most of all I wish to thank my husband who helps me all he can sometimes too much as I need to learn to do things myselfNote I have yet to read this book but maybe when I do I will find it inspiring


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    I have always held Helen Keller in high regard How can you not really? She is a remarkable woman I did a report on her in grade school and though I forgot many facts of her life over the years what I learned of her perseverance and strength of spirit left a lasting impression on meHelen Keller's spirit certainly shines in this short but beautifully written memoir which Helen wrote when she was just 22 and worth noting attending Radcliffe CollegeI think most know that Helen lost her sight and hearing at a very young age she was not yet 2 after suffering a mysterious illness her doctors did not think she would survive It was not until several years later almost 7 that her beloved teacher Miss Sullivan would arrive and introduce her to the world of language and thus the world at largeI found it fascinating to learn of Helen's memories of those many years after she first became blind and deaf and before she learned language How does one makes sense of a world she cannot see or hear before she even has words to conceptualize it? It was amazing to me that she was able to understand so much about her surroundings at such a young age and essentially only through touch smell and vibration I was also fascinated to learn how Miss Sullivan was able to so patiently and thoroughly introduce Helen to all the many complexities of language and even abstract thoughts such as love to a child who up to that point had no real idea such things existed Even remarkable is that Helen not only fully mastered English but French German and Latin as wellHelen's love of language is clearly displayed in her rich descriptive writing One reviewer called it too flowery but I thought her words to be often poeticPerhaps what I found most remarkable was Helen's incredible sense of awe and wonder for the world at times her joy for life seemed to exude from the pages Though she admits moments of extreme isolation and sadness she writes Is it not true then that my life with all its limitations touches at many points the light of the world beautiful? Everything has its wonders even darkness and silence and I learn whatever state I may be in therein to be content And later I try to make the light in others’ eyes my sun the music in others’ ears my symphony the smile on others’ lips my happinessThis is ultimately a story of her life as it is appropriately titled so those looking purely for a book on what it is like to be deaf and blind may be disappointed But after all that is truly Helen's legacy that she led such a rich life despite being blind and deaf


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    This is an interesting book in that it exactly fails to answer the uestion that you wish it would answer what is it like to be both blind and deaf? Of course her education was marvelous and it is amazing that a young woman with those disabilities was able to overcome them and become a productive member of society However I found that the book focused much on how I became normal instead of on how my life is different I found the prose to be a bit flowery perhaps a product of the era? Perhaps a product of an over eager Anne Sullivan? Perhaps a product of an over eager editor? and well completely unfocused I'm genuinely sorry that I did not like this book better; such an amazing accomplishment should be commended writing your autobiography as a blind and deaf woman


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    What I was looking for in this book is not what I got but I am still glad I read itThis is an autobiography written by Helen Keller 1880 1968 It was published when she was still only twenty two when she began her education at Radcliffe Thus it does not cover her whole life and is in a sense biased in that she is telling us what SHE wants said To get a full idea of her life even just the first twenty two year of it you must read other books tooClearly Hellen Keller was an intelligent and extremely talented woman At nineteen months she became both deaf and blind due to an illness which illness is not clear but influenza or scarlet fever are today postulated On March 3 1887 Anne Sullivan came to teach her this being three months short of her seventh birthday Her family was wealthy and spared nothing in their endeavors to provide her with the best care and education that could be gotten What she accomplished with the help she received from Anne IS remarkable but Helen Keller’s dependence upon Anne Sullivan must be emphasized tooThe book shies away from the emotional difficulties that Helen Keller had to surmount Her struggle and frustrations are downplayed scarcely spoken of She is not forthcoming on a personal level The book seems to be written to give encouragement as a beacon shining light on what can be achieved rather an honest revelation of Helen’s personal difficulties I wanted to see the world as she saw it before she was given an inkling of how we see it She expresses herself with the words of those who do hear and see which just ends up confusing me She is attempting to show how capable she became while I instead was looking for an understanding of the existence she was trying to escape She is giving her success story I was looking for her nightmare and how exactly by what means and steps did she progress from one world to the other How exactly did Helen communicate? We are told that Anne Sullivan “spelled into her hand We are told that later she used books with raised print We are told she could understand what people were saying by feeling their lips It is by the first two methods Helen absorbed information at Radcliffe We are told she learned to talk but none of this is clearly explained in detail It was such details I was looking for in this book The prose style is dated and on the flowery side Through her prose she is showing us her success and what her hard work has accomplished One can understand why she chose to write in this manner Her style mimics the renown writers she studied and the literature that she came to love I would have preferred a heartfelt simpler proseThe last half of the book consists solely of letters written by Helen They are written from 1887 to 1901 ie when Anne Sullivan first came to teach her to when she had been accepted at Radcliffe Their content is not all that engrossing They do reveal her increased writing capabilities In addition the letters’ optimistic tone draws a picture of her personality and reinforces the message she wished to relay with this book The audiobook I listened to was narrated by Mary Woods The narration is good—simple to follow read at an appropriate speed and without dramatization


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    Helen Keller died at the age of 87 in 1968 At 19 months old she came down with an illness Scarlet fever that left her blind deaf and mute Most people are familiar “The Miracle Worker” the award winning play Less are familiar of her many contributions She became a writer and publisher She made many contributions into Human Rights She helped many who were blind and death but also fought for world peace and women’s rights She attended Radcliffe the prestigious college for women graduating cum laude She received the first first honorary degree from Harvard the first ever to go to a woman “The World I live in” a collection of essays was Helen’s first book written in 1908 Helen described her experience of the world through sensations touch smell and vibrations “The hand is easy to recognize as the face that it reveals its secrets openly and unconsciously People control their countenances but the hand is under no restraint It relaxes and becomes listless when the spirit is low and dejected; the muscles tighten when The mind is excited or the heart glad; and permanent ualities stand written on it all the time” This first book that Helen Keller wrote is out of print but it’s a free kindle download It takes about an hour to read But took me longer I paused a lotthinking about things I haven’t in a long time She included an essay with uotations from Shakespeare there are a few grammatical spelling errors errors in this essaybut I found it fascinating with Helen’s awareness of the speech of Shakespeare in relationship to how she sees the world When Cleopatra is threatened with the humiliation of gracing Caesar’s triumphant “she snatched a dagger exclaiming I will trust my resolution and my good hands With the same Swift instinct Cassius trusts to his hands when he stabs Caesar “Speak hands for me” So many thought provoking references to our ‘hands’ as language “We find the hand in time and history working building inventing bringing civilization out of barbarism The hand symbolizes power and the excellent work” “Allusions to moonbeams and clouds do not emphasize the sense of my addiction they carry my soul beyond affliction’s narrow actuality” “There is nothing Misty or uncertain about what we can touch Through this sense of touch I know the faces of friends the illimitable variety of straight and curved lines all surfaces the exuberance of the soul The delicate shape of flowers the noble forms of trees and the range of mighty winds Beside objects surfaces and atmospherical changes I perceive countless vibrations I derive much knowledge of every day matter from the jars and jolts which are to be felt everywhere in the house” Footsteps reveal and measure the character and the mood of the Walker She picks up indecision hurry and deliberation activity and laziness fatigue carelessness timidity anger and sorrowALL THROUGH A PERSON’S FOOTSTEPSVibrations animals music tones taste emotions etc I tried to look at everything in the way Helen did Helen shares of being extremely sensitive to harshness of noises grinding scraping loosing of the earth rumbling etc I can relate and I can see I got into the experience of this ebook Our daughter played the role of Helen Keller “The Miracle Worker” with a professional theatre company when she was 14A proud mom she was phenomenal I couldn’t believe how incredible she was with the combat choreography during the famous dinner scene Sold out performances every night with the show held over I have bittersweet memoriesGreat during the shows run for 6 weeks rather the the 5 planned but ‘less’ great because soon after she left for High School in Michigan InterlochenIt was there when anorexia developedPlaying Helen Keller was the last role I saw our daughter play for many years Thankfully today our daughter is vibrantly healthy still acting in Los Angeles singing playing piano dancing writing painting thriving I’ve held a personal relationship with Helen Keller since that play our daughter performed inBut it’s been years to never to thinking THIS PROFOUNDLY about being blind deaf mute educated and an incredible contributor to society THAT WAS HELEN KELLER


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    A remarkable story of a remarkable woman who defeats all the odds stacked against her Helen at the age of 19 months old contracts an illness that renders her both deaf and blind This story mainly focuses on Helen's earlier life and describes how she learns to read write and communicate with the aide of her teacher Miss Sullivan after her family decide to take her to the Perkins Institute for the blind in Boston in 1886 Anne Sullivan becomes instrumental in her life teaching her methods in communicating but then also later becoming a loyal friend and constant companion her part in Helen's life I believe is paramount to Helen's wellbeing and where her love of learning and discovering develops She describes in abundance her love of reading books her appreciation of the written word leads her to forge ahead into higher education and takes on many courses to further her academics she becomes frustrated as her determination is impeded by the lack of ways that she is able to articulate her knowledge in the conventional ways and finds many methods to overcome many of the obstacles that threaten to detract her She eventually succeeds in attending Radcliffe college and graduates there at the age of 24 This story is told beautifully in a tone that really captures the essence of Helen she's feisty stubborn willful and determined with an incorrigible thirst for knowledge how she overcomes so much to succeed and even excel in her endeavours is truly admirable She is one of a kind I'm so glad to have read this book and it's infinitely inspiring on so many levels


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    When I learned about Helen Keller the impression I was given of her was that her life was so miserable until she was graciously granted a teacher who showed her the world and how to communicate This book posits Helen's life as that of a blessing one where she had moments of hardship but she still felt guided by an excitement for life and experiencing new things rather than being revolted by themThis book was so fascinating because it painted a different picture of a historical figure I thought I knew It also reveals the extent of Helen's absolute genius to be able to learn and communicate as extensively as she did despite her disabilities That Helen was so intelligent and driven to learn was really inspiring and I liked listening to this on audio


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    I just wish I had half her eagerness to learn and even a smidgeon of her abilities resilience joie de vivre and determination While reading I was constantly wondering how can a blind and deaf person exhibit such rich vocabulary and such detailed images of the world around us? Hope nothing's wrong with me for being jealous of her