Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller
Diving into Sullivan's difficult childhood as an orphan with poor eyesight, the reader gets a well-rounded picture of a historical figure who is exalted in the public's eye. Sullivan was hardworking and dedicated, true, but she was also difficult and obstinate. On a personal note, my mother worked at the Perkins School for the Blind, so I loved learning more about the school's history and its relationship with Sullivan and Keller.
My one quibble is the type that Lambert chose. Much of the book is written as a letter from Sullivan, and her cursive is faint and small. I found this print to be tiring to read. Regardless, it is worth the effort; this is a book worth sharing.