** For the Benefit of Those Who See by Rosemary Mahoney


For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind is a straightforward account of the author’s experiences teaching in two schools for the blind in Tibet and India, sharing the stories and experiences of the students and her adventures with them, including navigating busy streets blindfolded under the guidance of her students, and discovering the many auditory, olfactory, and tactile cues that allow them to circulate, and which she usually misses as she relies on her sight.

The personal stories are kindly told and also a little scary when she exposes the discrimination faced by the blind in many countries. The one puzzle throughout the book is the author’s belief, which she says is abating, that blindness is a terrible curse, worse than death itself. It’s good that she finds many counter-examples to her fear.

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