B The impressionistic memoir of an artist who was blinded in a sudden act of violence, leading to a profound meditation on what it means to see and be seenYou live in a city like New York You read the papers You look at the television But you never think it will happen to you It happened to me one evening One summer night in 1978, Hugues de Montalembert returned home to his New York City apartment to find two men robbing him In a violent struggle, one of the assailants threw paint thinner in Hugues face Within a few hours, he was completely blind.Eloquent and provocative, Invisible moves beyond the horrific events of that night to what happened to Hugues after he lost his sight his rehabilitation, his solo travels around the world, and the remarkable way he learned to see even without the use of his eyes.Without a trace of self pity, Hugues describes his transition from an up and coming painter to a blind man who had to learn to walk with a cane His status changed in the eyes of other people as their reactions ranged from avoidance to making him their confidant Hugues traveled to faraway places and learned to trust strangers and find himself at home in any situation.Part philosophy, part autobiography, part inspiration, Invisible will change the way readers understand reality and their place in the world....
|Title||:||Invisible: A Memoir|
|Publisher||:||Atria Books 1st edition January 12, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||144 pages|
|File Size||:||868 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Invisible: A Memoir Reviews
Compelled to reread with my children (with only two small omissions that are for adults only), and they do not want us to put the book down. The imagery elevates one's mind and the true story is vital for learning.
This is one of the most powerful books I have read. It is about what is life really about after all, personal strength, the reality of discouragement, facing very challenging change, and the critical importance about believing in one's ability to lead a rewarding life. I have only just finished it, and will wait a little while before returning to read it again. Although the author doesn't gloss over the extraordinary difficulties he has encountered in his thinking about living without sight, I am uplifted and encouraged by him. This is a tremendous little volume, and one I recommend to anyone who is interested in how people summon courage and intelligence to thrive despite life's most difficult suprises.
This is a very short, very to the point book. I loved it! It took only about an hour to read but the impact stays with me. The author was (is?) a rather arrogant French artist living in New York City who was blinded in a criminal attack. He absolutely refuses to have any self-pity and instead of sitting around going "woe is me", he accepts what he can't change and gets on with his life. He learns what he needs to in order to remain independent and is brutally honest in his reflections. I have shared this book with many friends who all loved it as well. No matter what obstacles your life presents, this book makes it clear that your attitude is what is most important.
Read this if you are looking for a break from the typically vapid stuff that passes for memoir these days. This is a beautifully written, fragmented philosophical reflection on what it means to suffer and still have hope, both in yourself and in humanity. Very powerful.
I'm doing research for a novel that had a character who goes blind after being fully sighted. This is a powerful memoir and provided deep insight into that experience.
As another reviewer said, this is indeed a prose poem ... a haunting work for the best reasons. His writing is crisp and understated, delivering the goods about what it means to live fully after a tragic and life-changing event. I stand in awe of his courage to live independently after being blinded by paint thinner in a fight with burglars. His story is a true testament to the potential resilience of human nature, and it has exerted such a powerful pull on me that I have reread it and plan to return to it often. There are visceral riches here--implied not stated--that must be processed upward, from the gut to the heart and then the mind. Montalembert offers no simplistic guide or advice, just how he faced adversity: with the soul of a poet-painter who has been robbed of sight.
This is a beautiful book that inspires you to live your life fully and enjoy every moment of it- Thank you for sharing an amazing, corageous and inspiring life.
Very well written and easy to understand