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The Blind Love of a Blind Hero, By a Blind Author

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Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 60,426 / 177 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 89.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,265
Added to site: 2009.10.16 25560
Genres: Romance, Adventure

An unconventional and fascinating story of a blind man and a girl shipwrecked on a desert coast. A book of unusual power and startling climax.

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"See here," he demanded, "who are you and where did you get that attitude toward life?"

It was one he knew. It was the hard, relentless theory of the struggle of animal survival which his thinking in college had led him to accept. There was in it no touch of duty, no sense of obligation, and very little pity. He had called himself a hard materialist, and had never lived up to his theory. Now here beside him in this outlandish situation was a woman quietly arguing his own philosophy of life to him against herself.

She laughed. "It's my way of thinking, and I mean it," she said, twisting her hair up on her head. "I got it out of four years of thought and reading in a college, and I do not thank the college for it. I find it very inconvenient, but it is my belief. I have tried to live by it."

"So is it mine," he said, "and I mean to live by it."

"Very well," she answered. "That aggressive tone against me is not necessary. Go ahead and get through if you can. Good-by, my friend

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 3 reviews: ****

A good read, some moments of passion. A little wordy in parts though. Interesting insight into this blind man's character and the way he is perceived by society.

Steve Peters

A blind man is shipwrecked off the coast of South America. Washed ashore he literally stumbles across another survivor, a young married woman, whose ankle was broken during the shipwreck. His strength and her eyes have them spend weeks reaching the isolated hut of a trapper just as a serious winter sets in ... a love story, full of depth of character, intrigue, danger and deception then onsets. 3 is a crowd, 4 makes it even busier....

Mark S Menikos

You will probably not be able to admire these people. You almost certainly won't "like" them. (I didn't). But you will be moved by them.

I had never heard of Leslie Burton Blades, and would have missed the opportunity to become familiar with his work, which—as far as I can tell—appears to be limited to this novel, and a comedy play he co-authored with Milo Hastings.

This is an astonishingly powerful story. I was completely immersed in it. The premise appears at the top of this page. It should not spoil anything for anyone to say that a third character appears later on, and that the entire story revolves just around these three people. I was not surprised to discover that Blades worked on a play, because the emotional intensity and narrow focus make it easy to visualize the story on the stage, or indeed—as a movie.

Born of mining people in Colorado, Blades lost two fingers and the sight in both eyes at age 9 when on a dare from some playmates he set off a giant firecracker. This comes as no surprise when the complex and flawed personality of the blind "hero" of the story is gradually made clearer throughout.

You will probably not be able to admire these people. You almost certainly won't "like" them. (I didn't). But you will be moved by them.



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