Monday, 23 September 2019

5 Books 1 Theme - Blindness

For September's 5 Books, 1 Theme post I've collated a quintet of my reviewed books all of whose stories feature blind characters (or real people in the case of the autobiographies). The idea of losing my sight is something which particularly frightens me and understanding how each of these characters coped was sometimes reassuring and sometimes anything but.

(Click the cover images to visit each book's Literary Flits review.)







Have you read any of these five books? If so, what did you think of them?

Which other novels can you recommend which focus on this disability?

8 comments:

  1. I have not read any of these. But I like reading books about characters with disabilities. Though I have not read too many that are blind. I'm currently reading one that has a mute character.

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    1. Disability is underrepresented in most fiction, I think, but then I imagine the problems must be difficult to show in a realistic way for authors who don't have direct experience.

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  2. I'd like to see more apocalypse and horror books where the MC has a disability. Imagine a blind MC in a zombie apocalypse and the interesting challenges that would present!

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    1. The Saramago book, Blindness, is apocalyptic and ordinary people become even worse predators than zombies. It's a thriller, but practically horror in lots of the scenes. *shudders*

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  3. I haven't read any of the books that you mentioned. I am so scared of losing my vision though. I did read a memoir of a woman losing her sight which I thought was well done, Now I See You by Nicole C. Kear.

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