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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Grunwald Narrator: Arthur More Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1992, when Henry Grunwald missed a glass into which he was pouring water, he assumed that he needed new eyeglasses, not that the incident was a harbinger of darker times. But in fact Grunwald was entering the early stages of macular degeneration—a gradual loss of sight that affects almost fifteen million Americans yet remains poorly understood and is, so far, incurable. Now, in Twilight, Grunwald chronicles his experience of disability: the clouding of his sight and the daily struggle to overcome its physical and psychological implications; the discovery of what medicine can and cannot do to restore sight; his compulsion to understand how the eye works, its evolution, and its symbolic meaning in culture and art. 

Grunwald gives us an autobiography of the eye—his visual awakening as a child and young man, and again as an older man who, facing the loss of sight, feels a growing wonder at the most ordinary acts of seeing. This is a story not merely about seeing but about living; not merely about losing sight but about gaining insight. It is a remarkable meditation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Twilight is an elegant meditation on the very nature of eyesight and the private struggle with its dissipation—the condition known inelegantly as macular degeneration, but in Henry Grunwald’s astute and affecting prose, nothing less than a journey toward a kind of enlightenment.”

    Ward Just

  • “Henry Grunwald has more than enough vision left to give us insight into the mysteries of the human eye—and the human condition. Twilight is a clear-sighted reminder to see all there is to see.”

    Katharine Graham

  • “This sensitive and so beautifully written book is indeed an eye-opener to the glories of the world around us.”

    Barbara Walters

  • “Grunwald’s absorbing memoir is an eloquent reminder that the eyes are not the only instruments with which to discern beauty. In many respects, his loss of sight served only to sharpen his vision.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

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