A story about a mountain climber who discovers a civilization where everyone is blind and who have developed unique ways of using their other senses. They notice that their new arrival is very different from them and insist that he surgically remove his eyes if he wants to stay in their community. (The Plattner Story is available as an audiobook from librivox.org.)
Contents: The Jilting of Jane; The Cone; The Stolen Bacillus; The Flowering of the Strange Orchid; In the Avu Observatory; Ępyornis Island; The Remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes; The Lord of the Dynamos; The Moth; The Treasure in the Forest; The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham; Under the Knife; The Sea Raiders; The Obliterated Man; The Plattner Story; The Red Room; The Purple Pileus; A Slip Under the Microscope; The Crystal Egg; The Star; The Man Who Could Work Miracles; A Vision of Judgement; Jimmy Goggles the God; Miss Winchelsea's Heart; A Dream of Armageddon; The Valley of Spiders; The New Accelerator; The Truth About Pyecraft; The Magic Shop; The Empire of the Ants; The Door in the Wall; The Country of the Blind; The Beautiful Suit
am, is a teetotaller. Yes, m'm; and he don't smoke. Smoking, ma'am," said Jane, as one who reads the heart, "do make such a dust about. Beside the waste of money. And the smell. However, I suppose they got to do it--some of them..."
William was at first a rather shabby young man of the ready-made black coat school of costume. He had watery gray eyes, and a complexion appropriate to the brother of one in a Home for the Dying. Euphemia did not fancy him very much, even at the beginning. His eminent respectability was vouched for by an alpaca umbrella, from which he never allowed himself to be parted.
"He goes to chapel," said Jane. "His papa, ma'am----"
"His what, Jane?"
"His papa, ma'am, was Church: but Mr. Maynard is a Plymouth Brother, and William thinks it Policy, ma'am, to go there too. Mr. Maynard comes and talks to him quite friendly when they ain't busy, about using up all the ends of string, and about his soul. He takes a lot of notice, do Mr. Mayn
The Country of the Blind it's really exciting because it shows with a beautiful story how an ideology or religion can close your mind to the real world and even when you realise that you were mistaken, neither after that you want to see the true. That`s why I recommend this book to my students that are learning english.
Jorge Angel Mijangos Dąniel