Monday, June 20, 2011

Book Review of The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Synopsis in a Sentence: Helen Keller details the hardships and lessons of her life in her own words in this inspiring autobiography.

My Thoughts:
First of all, I think it is so amazing that there is such a thing as autobiographies and that certain famous or influential people have decided to write them. Helen Keller is such an inspirational person in history and it's so wonderful that we have a record of her journey with this book. I like biographies too, but there's just something more "moving" about an autobiography.

What I really loved about this book was Helen's descriptions of her childhood. Before her teacher, Anne Sullivan (as inspirational a figure as Helen herself) came into her life, Helen was literally lost in the darkness. She hated herself, the world and everyone around her. In other words, she felt incredibly sorry for herself...which is actually understandable! If I was deaf, blind and mute, I would probably feel the same way! Can you imagine only having the senses of taste and touch?? Anyways, Anne is able to actually teach Helen how to read and write. Read this book to learn about TWO amazing heroines, and read it especially if you need to stop feeling sorry for yourself about anything!

My favorite quote from the book: "The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or heard, but can only be felt by the human heart" ~Helen Keller

I truly love reading about incredible women. Here's a list of other women whom I've read books about in the past couple of years:

Princess Diana
Sarah Palin
Elizabeth Edwards
Eleanor Roosevelt
Anne Frank

Women I plan on reading books about in the future:

Mother Teresa
Hilary Clinton
A Ladies of Liberty book I have which tells about women who helped pioneer America
Cleopatra
maybe Marilyn Monroe

What women living or dead have inspired you? :)


6 comments:

  1. I read this book a long time back. Helen Keller was truly an inspirational and a brave woman!

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  2. I really, really love reading biographies. You never know what you're going to be able to learn about the people that you look up to or at the very least, find interesting.

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  3. I remember reading a book about Helen Keller when I was VERY young, and it definitely affected me. I don't read much in the way of biography and autobiography, but I do like to learn about women (and men) who influenced and shaped history, although right now, my brain is blanked from classes and I can't think of a single title. :)

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  4. I read this book last year and loved it. A truly remarkable woman. I agree, there is something so personal and wonderful about an autobiography.

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