The celebrated author of Down
the Nile travels far afield as part of her investigation into the world of
In the tradition of Oliver Sacks’ The Island of the Colorblind, Rosemary Mahoney tells the story of
Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind in Tibet, and of
Sabriye Tenberken, the remarkable blind woman who founded the school.
Fascinated and impressed by what she learned from the blind children of Tibet,
Mahoney was moved to investigate further the cultural history of blindness. As
part of her research, she spent three months teaching at Tenberken’s
international training center for blind adults in Kerala, India, an experience
that reveals both the shocking oppression endured by the world’s blind, as well
as their great resilience, integrity, ingenuity, and strength. By living among
the blind, Rosemary Mahoney enables us to see them in fascinating close up,
revealing their particular “quality of ease that seems to broadcast a fundamental
connection to the world.” In listening to For
the Benefit of Those Who See, you will never see the world in quite the
same way again. Download and start listening now!