1 vote
(Login to add yours)
What Is Visible (2014)
(Book)

Call Number MARKETPLACE/FICTION/ELKINS,K


Available
(2 holds on 2 copies)
LocationCall NumberItem Status
MarketplaceMARKETPLACE/FICTION/ELKINS,KAvailable
MarketplaceMARKETPLACE/FICTION/ELKINS,KAvailable
Published: New York : Twelve, 2014
Edition:  First Edition
Description:  307 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9781455528967 (hardcover), 145552896X (hardcover),
Language:  English


Login to write a review of your own.

Reviews by AHML cardholders

Nearly Sense-less


Imagine losing one of your senses. Now imagine losing all except one. Now imagine that you lost all but the sense of touch when you were only two years old.

That was the unimaginable circumstance of the life of Laura Bridgman. What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins is a heart-rending, thought-provoking novel based on Laura Bridgman’s life and the lives of the many fascinating people who surrounded her. Laura Bridgman was taught to communicate at the age of seven by the use of alphabetical sign language pressed into the palm of the other person. Her teacher was Samuel Gridley Howe, husband of the poet and activist, Julia Ward Howe. Charles Dickens was a personal friend of the Howe’s along with Longfellow and Senator Charles Sumner.

Laura Bridgman was world-famous in her lifetime and was the teacher of Annie Sullivan. And although her fame for having no sense of sight, sound, taste or smell was soon eclipsed by Helen Keller learning to speak, Bridgman was no less an amazing woman for her lack of speech.

Elkins uses this phenomenal historical figure to craft a novel that is much more about isolation, love, and communication than it is about the individual in question. Her writing is lyrical but also a bit stark at times.

As Laura muses over her relationships she says, “Love, I think, is by necessity constructed of a ladder of lies you climb together.”

To learn more about the true Laura Bridgman visit the Perkins Institute’s website.


And to read about Laura Bridgman and Dickens’ other impressions of the United States check out American Notes: And, Picture from Italy by Charles Dickens.



 
Reviews from other readers

Login to add this item to your list.

Lists can be used to compile collections of items that you may be interested in checking out at a later date. You may also create public lists and share your favorites with other AHML customers.
No tags, currently.

Login to add tags.

To create a multiple word tag such as Science Fiction, enclose both words in quotes, like: "Science Fiction"

Public Lists

Come solve these exciting and suspenseful YA mysteries!
Halloween by jkadus
Back to School by crossin
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. Simply put: we love this list to find talented authors.
The Abraham Lincoln Award is awarded annually to the author of the book voted as most outstanding by participating students in grades nine through twelve in Illinois
2014 Alex Award Winners by Teen Services
I will be adding movies to this list during browsing through catalog.