The Story of My Life (International Collectors Library)

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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 liquid flowing over her hand, she realized that objects had names. Subsequent experiences were equally 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 quick-to-learn pupil. These and many other aspects of Helen Keller's life are presented here in clear, straightforward prose full of wonderful descriptions and imagery that would do credit to a sighted writer. Completely devoid of self-pity, yet full of love and compassion for others, this deeply moving memoir offers an unforgettable portrait of one of the outstanding women of the twentieth century.
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published on August 1, 1954 by Doubleday & Company
ISBN-10: 0385044534
ISBN-13: 9780385044530
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  • sibudybelakygy
    sibudybelakygyTuesday, January 15, 2019 at 11:12 am22 stars
    "The Story Of My Life" has 280 pgs. and was written by John Albert Macy and Helen Keller. The genra is non-fiction because it is an autobiography. In this book, Helen Keller explains what it was like being blind and deaf and how she became blind and deaf. She talked about the struggle of learning to communicate and how she finally figured it out. But, she mostly tells you about her time spent with Anne Sullivan, her teacher. In this story, Helen Keller's life was always a struggle and she learned that you should never give up. For example, Helen Keller is blind and deaf, so learning to read sign language, speak, and read was a tedious and slow process, but she kept trying and eventually learned to communicate. Also, Helen Keller always studied hard until she could clearly understand what she was reading, which normaly took a long time because Anne had to translate most textbooks. But, Helen Keller's studying paid off and she was able to attend Radcliffe College and get a Bachelor of Arts degree. Helen Keller showed people that a disability doesn't hold you back, and if you try hard enough, you can do anything. In the end, Helen Keller is an inspiration to never give up because you can do amazing things is you try. "The Story Of My Life" is a great book, however, I would not recommend it. It is complicated and hard to understand, like when Helen Keller starts talking on and on about random things but you only hear mumbo jumbo. Also, the book isn't very interesting, nothing exciting happens to her, so it is very pedestrian. Although, if I could ask her one question, I would ask her if she had the option to prevent being blind and deaf, would she make that change?
    • prettydoll164
      prettydoll164Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:34 am55 stars
      in this story in 1st two chapters it is said that the narrator , hellen keller is a blind and def lady or a girl she is the first woman to complete her graduation in this situation and the story is really very imotional , intresting and it really gives a very good message to us