Touch of Light : The Story of Louis Braille
The life of the nineteenth-century Frenchman who invented a system of reading for the blind that is used universally.
- Hardback | 186 pages
- 147.32 x 210.82 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
- 26 May 1970
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- United Kingdom
A blind man's gift to the blind of a touch of light begs the lighter touch of Seeing Fingers (Etta De Gering, 1962). The fabricated conversations here call attention to themselves from the moment when Louis as a child of three - not sounding like a child of three - destroys his own sight with one slip of a forbidden tool and learns to adjust to living in darkness. Out, out and non, non dot the dialogue as maudlin commentary obscures the descriptions: of boyhood in wartime, of familial warmth and support, of friendship with the local Abbe who arranges a scholarship for Louis Braille at the national school for the blind. His creation of a coded alphabet was the result of disappointment with the impractical raised-letter books in use; and the rest of his brief, tubercular lite was dedicated to promulgating its acceptance. There is some creditable emphasis on Louis transcription of musical notation as well, but the prickliest questions of how are avoided (or evaded) in favor of unprobing reverence. (Kirkus Reviews)